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Totem, BR(M) RAINHILL, F/F. Ex LNWR station of absolute fame being the very cradle of Railways. In 1829 Rainhill, a tiny hamlet between Liverpool and Manchester was the scene of trials on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The steam locomotive was at that time slow and extremely basic, operating at no more than walking pace. The Directors decided to offer a prize for a new locomotive capable of hauling a considerable load at a speed of at least 10 miles per hour over a distance of 70 miles. The trials were held in the October, and Stephenson's Rocket amazed the world by reaching speeds in excess of 30 miles per hour and fulfilling all the required conditions. This established the steam locomotive as the prime mover for the railways which rapidly spread all over the world, and the basic features of Rocket's design were incorporated into every steam locomotive ever built. This totem is in lovely condition with deep colour and shine. There is one small chip on the horizontal line above the letter 'A' which barely detracts.

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Auction: May 2005 , Lot: 290
Sold for: £1,600
Totem, BR(M) RAINHILL, F/F. Ex LNWR Station Of