Online Catalogue last updated 25th of June 2012
In 2000, George and Robert Stephenson's world-famous Rocket was once again placed on display at the Science Museum. This book describes the research project undertaken in 1999 at the National Railway Museum to investigate the locomotives engineering and history, through both industrial archaeology and archival research. It explores the significance of Rocket as an artefact, examining its place within the history of locomotive development and the origins of mainline railway operation, and sets this as a background to the findings of a detailed archaeological survey. The final chapter makes suggestions for future display and interpretation.
Comprehensively illustrated with previously unpublished photographs, as well as fascinating contemporary studies and technical drawings, The Engineering and History of Rocket is a meticulously researched yet accessible exploration of the development of one of the Industrial Revolution's most enduring icons. It will be of lasting value to anyone with an interest in both railway history and industrial archaeology.
This book has photos of all the components of the rocket, along with very clear line drawings of each group of working parts used in the Rocket. Ideal for those interested in engineering history and model making.
Code No. 009450, 186 pages, ISBN 1900747189, $96.00