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Stephenson's Rocket
Stephenson's Rocket
In September 1825, Stephenson completed the first locomotive for the new railroad; named at first Active, it was soon renamed Locomotion.
As the Liverpool & Manchester approached completion in 1829, the directors of that company arranged for a competition to decide who would build the locomotives for the new railway. Stephenson's entry was The Rocket, and its impressive performance in winning the contest made it arguably the most famous machine in the world. Stephenson’s son, Robert Stephenson, was also a noted locomotive engineer, and was heavily involved in the creation of many of his father's engines from Locomotion onwards.