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150 years of the Rocket

In 1979 the Rocket 150 celebration was held to mark the 150th Anniversary of the trials. A replica of Novelty was built for the event, which was also attended by a replicas Sans Pareil and Rocket (plus coach). The event was also attended by:

  • Lion, apparently the second oldest steam locomotive in existence
  • Flying Scotsman No. 4472
  • LMS 4-6-0 Jubilee class No. 5690 Leander
  • Sir Nigel Gresley No. 4498
  • GWR 0-6-0 No. 3205
  • LMS Class 4 MT 2-6-0 No. 43106
  • BR 92220 Evening Star, the last steam locomotive to be built by British Railways
  • LMS 4-6-2 Princess Elizabeth No. 6201

Two Class 86 locomotives 86214 Sans Pareil and 86235 Novelty were painted in a variation of the Large Logo Rail Blue livery where the BR logo was replaced by Rocket 150 motif on a yellow background.

To see more pictures from the Rocket 150 celebrations visit the Virtual Museum.

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