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Railway travel was the most common form of transportation for most of the 19th century. Not only was it sufficient for passenger trains, but it was convenient for goods trains as well. It helped to spread the power of many contries and greatly boost their economies.
The winner of the Rainhill Trials, and one of the earliest steam locomotives ever built, Stephenson's Rocket, also simply known as Rocket, was built in 1829 by Robert Stephenson. It innovated steam locomotive design by only having a single pair of driving wheels, multiple boiler fire-tubes, a blastpipe, pistons directly connected to the driving wheels, a seperate firebox, and more.
Stephenson's Rocket beat out Novelty and Sans Pareil by achieveing the balance of power, speed, and reliability that the Liverpool and Manchester Railway was seeking. It served on the railway for a period of four years before working on the Brampton Railway. It was retired from service in 1862, and is today preserved at the Science Museum in London. A working replica was built in 1979 for the 150th anniversary of Rocket's construction. It is based currently in the National Railway Museum at York.
The character of Stephen from Thomas & Friends is based off of this locomotive.
This LEGO model is built as a mix of the original locomotive and the replica. It features the following
- 237 pieces
- Robert Stephenson & Driver minifigures
- Free-rolling wheels
- Working pistons
- Detachable tender
- Compatibility with standard LEGO track design
- Realistic detailing
Due to the significance Stephenson's Rocket holds from a historical standpoint, I believe it would make an excellent LEGO model if it were to be produced. It has compatibility with LEGO tracks and would work both as a display model or a play model. It appeals to both adults who value history and children who value trains. Its low piece count would mean affordability to consumers and a quick yet delightful build.
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