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The Great Railway Cavalcade | Rocket 150 at Rainhill

A celebration of locomotion, from the Rocket to the APT.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 21 December 1980

DURATION | 59 minutes 21 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1980

Synopsis

Brian Redhead reports from the 'Rocket 150' event held at Rainhill in 1980 to mark the 150th anniversary of the world's first inter-city railway and the Stephensons' legendary Rocket locomotive. On display are 'celebrity' engines from across the country, including the Green Arrow, the Flying Scotsman and the record-breaking Mallard-class train that bore its designer's name, Sir Nigel Gresley, as well as the king of the modern electric railway, the Advanced Passenger Train (APT).

Did you know?

Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley designed nearly 30 locomotives that were introduced to the GNR and LNER lines from 1911 to 1941. Many of those engines are featured in this programme. His dream of opening a national locomotive testing plant for the 'attainment of increased efficiency' was delayed by the outbreak of World War II. Gresley died on 5 April 1941, but in 1948 his testing plant finally opened. The first locomotive to face the tests was named the Sir Nigel Gresley in his honour.

Contributors

Presenter
David Jenkinson
Reporter
John Bellwood
Contributor
Martin L Bell
Producer

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