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Stephenson's Rocket
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Stephenson's Rocket

The Rocket was a pioneering steam-powered locomotive invented in 1829 by the British engineer Robert Stephenson (1803-1859). For a cash prize, extensive competition trials were held to find the best locomotive in the Rainhill Trials. Rocket...
Stephenson's Rocket
Image by National Railway Museum, UK

Stephenson's Rocket

The Rocket locomotive steam engine was designed in 1829 by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) during the Industrial Revolution. The locomotive won the 1829 Rainhill Trials and so was used to pull passenger carriages on the world's first intercity...
The Original Rocket Locomotive
Image by William M. Connolley

The Original Rocket Locomotive

The Rocket, a pioneering steam-powered locomotive invented by Robert Stephenson (1803-59) in 1829. This photograph was taken in the Science Museum, London but the Rocket is now on long-term display in the National Railway Museum, York.
Stephenson's Rocket Replica
Image by Tony Hisgett

Stephenson's Rocket Replica

A working replica of the Rocket, a pioneering steam-powered locomotive invented by Robert Stephenson (1803-59) in 1829.
Steam-Powered Passenger Train
Image by Unknown Artist

Steam-Powered Passenger Train

An illustration of an early steam-powered passenger train in Britain during the Industrial Revolution. The first such line ran in 1825 from Stockton to Darlington in the northeast of England.
The Railways in the British Industrial Revolution
Article by Mark Cartwright

The Railways in the British Industrial Revolution

The railways were perhaps the most visible element of the Industrial Revolution for many. Trains powered by steam engines carried goods and people faster than ever before and reached new destinations, connecting businesses to new markets...
Top 10 Inventions of the Industrial Revolution
Article by Mark Cartwright

Top 10 Inventions of the Industrial Revolution

The British Industrial Revolution transformed life at work and at home for practically everyone. Noise, pollution, social upheaval, and repetitive jobs were the price to pay for labour-saving machines, cheap and comfortable transportation...
British Industrial Revolution
Definition by Mark Cartwright

British Industrial Revolution

The British Industrial Revolution (1760-1840) brought innovative mechanisation and deep social change. The process saw the invention of steam-powered machines, which were used in factories in ever-growing urban centres. Agriculture remained...
The Steam Engine in the British Industrial Revolution
Article by Mark Cartwright

The Steam Engine in the British Industrial Revolution

Steam power was one of the most significant developments of the Industrial Revolution (1760-1840) in Britain. First invented as a pump in the 1690s, a host of inventors tweaked designs and tinkered with machinery until an efficient and powerful...
Coal Mining in the British Industrial Revolution
Article by Mark Cartwright

Coal Mining in the British Industrial Revolution

Coal mining boomed during the British Industrial Revolution as it provided fuel for steam engines of all kinds in factories, transport, and agriculture. Draining flooded mines to extract more coal was the reason the steam engine was invented...
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