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Timothy Burstall: Perseverance

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Perseverance 1829

Perseverance was an early steam locomotive that took part in the Rainhill Trials. Built by Timothy Burstall, Perseverance was damaged on the way to the trials and Burstall spent the first five days trying to repair his locomotive.

It ran on the sixth and final day of the trials but only achieved a speed of 6 mph. Burstall was awarded a consolation prize of £25.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • British Locomotives by C. J. Bowen Cooke. Published 1893