Excitement at seeing the Rocket

Resource Type: Image | Posted on 4th November 2011 by Liam Physick

One of the images donated to Metal by Eric Shenton. In this painting, set in the Rainhill Trials and painted for Rocket 150, the Rocket has passed under the Skew Bridge and has caused a great deal of excitement among the spectators. A man runs along the track adjacent to the engine (note how the sleepers are triangular and do not join, unlike today’s rectangular versions). On the left of the picture, one young boy appears to be daring his friend behind him to follow him by running across the track. On the right, another boy has taken his hat off and appears to be running away from the steam, while a fourth boy has to restrain his dog from running onto the track

Excitement at seeing the Rocket

Tagged under: steam locomotives, eric shenton, tender locomotives, rocket 150, rocket, rainhill trials, rainhill skew bridge, sleepers

Categorised under: Landmarks, Landscapes & Locomotives

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