Designed and made in the UK, this pewter pin badge features a lovely model of Robert Stephenson’s Rocket. The Rocket was made in 1829 in order to participate in the Rainhill Trials organised by the Liverpool & Manchester Railway which was not yet up and running. The purpose of the Trials was to help choose a locomotive type to run the railway, although some senior figures on the Board still had reservations about using locomotives at all. The Rocket won the Trials and the L&MR went on to officially open on 15th September 1830 using locomotive power. The Rocket worked on the L&MR until 1834 and then transferred to Lord Carlisle’s Railway near Brampton in Cumbria.
The model is made from lead-free pewter and is supplied on a pin with a clasp.