If it is Friday then it must be the start of the Great Central Railway's Golden Oldie Gala (refering to locomotives not the photographers that is). Replicas of two of the first locomotives to be used in passenger service stand in the yard at Loughborough being serviced and made ready for the following day.
The original Rocket was the most advanced steam engine of its day. It was built for the Rainhill Trials held by the Liverpool & Manchester Railway in 1829 and set the standard for a hundred and fifty years of steam locomotive power. The replica was built in 1979 and is owned by the Natioanl Railway Museum.
The Planet was built one year after the Rocket, in 1830, again for use on the Liverpool to Manchester railway. In that year many advances had been made in the design of locomotives, with inside cyclinders, a 2-2-0 wheel arrangement and setting the standard for the position of buffers and couplings. The replica is owned by the Manchester Museum of Industry.
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