Duration: 50 minutes

First transmitted in 1979, this programme looks at the Rainhill Locomotive Trials in Rainhill, Lancashire (now Merseyside) in 1829, a competition to find the best passenger steam locomotive in Britain.On the 150th anniversary of the trials, replicas of its famous winner - Stephenson's 'Rocket' - and two of its competitors are rebuilt by modern day designers, and the trials are reconstructed in Hyde Park.

Last on

Wed 8 Jun 1983 15:00 BBC One

  • BBC Four Steam Railways Collection

    BBC Four Steam Railways Collection
    This programme is part of a collection of programmes celebrating Britain’s extraordinary Steam Railway legacy.

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Anthony Burton
Timothy Hackworth
John Erikson
Michael Sarto
Ernest Bailey
Jane Hackworth-Young
Martin L. Bell


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