The Life of Robert Stephenson – a Timeline
Newcastle upon Tyne
1828 – 1833 His first priority was to improve the efficiency and appearance of travelling engines. It was Robert who came up with the design of ‘Rocket’ for the Liverpool & Manchester Railway competition at Rainhill to choose the most efficient means of propulsion for that railway. He had to overcome impractical ideas put forward by his father as well as others who favoured stationary engines pulling loads on ropes, as was commonplace on colliery waggonways.