The Rainhill Story: Stephenson's Rocket

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.

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Wed 8 Jun 1983 15:00

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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Role Contributor
PresenterAnthony Burton
ParticipantTimothy Hackworth
ParticipantJohn Erikson
ParticipantMichael Sarto
ParticipantErnest Bailey
ParticipantJane Hackworth-Young
ProducerMartin L. Bell

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