• Title
    Drawings of Robert Stephenson's steam engine Rocket by John Dobson Wardale
  • Reference
  • Production date
    1859 - 1859
  • Creator
    • Wardale, John DobsonBiography
    • Robert Stephenson & Co LtdBiography
  • Scope and Content
    Collection of five drawings by John Dobson Wardale, head draughtsman for Stephenson & Co. containing two side elevations of the locomotive engine 'Rocket'; two sectional drawings of the boiler; one side elevation in pen and ink with J.D. Wardale's signature. Some of the drawings have a label on the reverse with text 'J. Halden & Co. Ltd Map Mounters. Newcastle-on-Tyne' which was established in 1878 in London with shops in various cities. The drawings were made three decades after the Rocket was first constructed to possibly be exhibited alongside the original engine in the newly opened Patent Office Museum (predecessor of the Science Museum). Wardale based the drawings on the measurements taken of the original engine and memories of some of the longer-serving employees at Stephenson & Co. The drawings were an attempt to show the Rocket as it was built in 1829 although some of the later additions were included and the appearance of the firebox was different to the original design.
  • Extent
    5 documents
  • Language
  • Archival history
    Sold by direction of a descendant of J. D. Wardale. Acquired from Anderson & Garland Auctioneers for the National Railway Museum in 9th December 2003.
  • Level of description
  • Repository name
    National Railway Museum, York
  • Associated people and organisations
    • Stephenson, RobertBiography
    • Stephenson, GeorgeBiography
  • Subject
  • Conditions governing access
    Access is given in accordance with the NRM acces policy. Material from this collection is available to researchers through Search Engine.
  • Conditions governing Reproduction
    Copies may be supplied of items in the collection, provided that the copying process used does not damage the item or is detrimental to its preservation. Copies will be supplied in accordance with the NRM's terms and conditions for the supply and reproduction of copies, and the provisions of any relevant copyright legislation.