Did you know? Tanfield Waggonway was 4' gauge; Hawks Waggonway (Gateshead) 4'3"; Wylam Waggonway used 5' gauge; Willington Waggonway 4'8", hence Killingworth Waggonway 4'8" & from there the Stephensons' influence spread to Hetton, the S&DR, the L&MR, across Britain & the world.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Rocket to Return

The Science Museum announced yesterday that Stephenson's Rocket is to return to Newcastle for the Great Exhibition of the North in summer 2018.   NewcastleGateshead were selected as Exhibition hosts in October 2016 from competitors across the North of England.
Extract from the front page of today's Newcastle Journal 
There are several replicas of the Rocket, but this is the historic original.   It was heavily modified after 1829, eg with larger lower-pitched cylinders, and successively improved fireboxes (now missing).
The success of Rocket at Rainhill led directly to the rapid development of loco building on Tyneside, which is a key feature of today's Tanfield Railway.

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