Exciting news for transport enthusiasts. As part of its Easter events programme, the Science Museum will be offering rides on a full-size working reproduction of its world-famous steam locomotive, Stephenson’s Rocket, on a specially-laid track in Kensington Gardens, near the museum.
Modifications over its working life dramatically changed Rocket‘s appearance. Nearby is a model as it originally looked:
Michael Bailey and John Glithero’s book on Rocket is superb.
Also in the gallery are two remarkable models. The first was built by Richard Trevithick in 1797 to test ideas that led to the world’s first steam railway locomotive, which he built in 1804:
The second model, on the gallery’s upper walkway, was built in 1812 by Puffing Billy‘s William Hedley to test the adhesion of smooth wheels on rails:
Our reproduction Rocket rides will be running daily from 31 March to 18 April. Adult tickets cost a fiver, with kids going half-price. Everyone gets a souvenir goody bag, and admission to the museum itself to see the historic machines is free.