Sunday 25 June 2017

Commuters ride on rocket replica

Commuters were given the chance to let off steam - with a trip on Stephenson's Rocket
Commuters were given the chance to let off steam - with a trip on Stephenson's Rocket

Commuters were given the chance to let off steam - with a trip on Stephenson's Rocket.

Top Gear TV host James May was among the first passengers to take a ride on a replica of the pioneering steam train through Kensington Gardens, central London.

The working reproduction of the original 1829 Rocket locomotive runs along a 150-metre track on the Albert Approach Road.

It was built as part of attempts to boost awareness of the original Stephenson's Rocket 1829 locomotive, which is on permanent display inside the Science Museum.

John Liffen, a curator at the museum, said: "Stephenson's Rocket is one of the world's most famous steam locomotives and marks a key turning point in the design of railway technology.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to experience a steam train ride similar to the one undertaken by the original Rocket in 1829."

The Rocket established the revolutionary design structure of the steam locomotive train, setting the standard for other locomotives that were developed from the 19th century until the 1960s.

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