Stephenson’s Rocket 1:64 scale by witchy

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About Stephenson’s Rocket 1:64 scale by witchy

The famous Stephenson's Rocket, in the original 1829 Rainhill Trials condition, built in 1:64 scale using narrow gauge track to represent standard gauge very accurately.

Despite the small scale, a large number of details are included, such as blast pipes from the cylinders into the chimney; steam pipes and regulator between the cylinders which also act as the cylinder mounts in this model; and the feedwater pump on the right cylinder and its pipe to the boiler, represented with a golden crowbar.

The chimney stays are mounted slightly too low on both ends, but the length of available string pieces and the tight geometry at the end of the boiler precluded other mounting options, unless loose string or illegal connections were to be used.

The tender's characteristic wooden paneling is achieved with brackets mounted studs inwards; due to proportion and scale reasons only 5 panels are represented instead of the original 6. The frame and suspension are represented with clip tiles and bars; there are similarly only 3 vertical members of the frame rather than 4 in the prototype. The buffers on the rear are mildly anachronistic, following the pattern and position of buffers on the coaches. The locomotive is compatible with rolling stock using handcuffs to represent buffer-and-chain couplings.

The Rocket comes with a driver and a fireman; the fireman uses a minifigure spoon to represent a shovel. The characters are built 2 bricks and 2 plates tall, which comes out at roughly 164cm (5'4") in the scale, appropriate for Regency era people who were generally shorter than today.

The display track is authentic Liverpool and Manchester Railway double track, using fishbelly rails on stone blocks rather than wooden sleepers for most of the route. George Stephenson's original specification called for all rails to be equidistant so oversized loads could be carried on the middle pair at off-peak times; unfortunately the slightly greater thickness of the door rail plates compared to actual Lego rails makes this impossible on the model.

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