Although advanced for its time, Locomotion No. 1 was not without its problems. It broke a wheel just a month after starting work and, in 1828, its boiler exploded, killing the driver John Cree. Robert Stephenson would go on to refine the steam locomotive, unveiling the famous ‘Rocket’ in 1829, which could travel at 29 mph and provided the template for steam engine design for the next 150 years.
Locomotion No. I is one of the most famous railway engines in the world. It can be seen on display at Head of Steam – the Darlington Railway Museum.