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Revisited: Transportation

(July 1 - September 30, 2020)

Robert Bilsland

Transportation Potential

Rodrigo Alarcón-Cielock

Planet Locomotive

Museum of Science and Industry

06/2013, 13:31

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The ninth locomotive built for the L&MR, it was Stephenson's next major design change after the Rocket. It was the first locomotive to employ inside cylinders, and subsequently the 2-2-0 type became known as Planets. On 23 November 1830 No.9 Planet ran the approximately 50 km (30 mi) from Liverpool to Manchester in one hour.

It only lasted in service about ten years; having been rebuilt in 1833, it was withdrawn circa 1840–1841.

A working replica was built in 1992 by the Friends of the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester, England, and is operated by volunteers to provide rides for visitors.

When not in steam the locomotive is on display in the museum's Power Hall. Planet has visited several other Heritage railways including Shildon Locomotion Museum.

The replica was used as an on-screen stand-in for itself in an episode of the ITV/PBS television series Victoria.

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