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discrocket.jpg New metro design unveiled

I wouldn’t mind if the new metros were being pulled by this beauty. It is – but of course – Robert Stephenson’s Rocket, the iconic steam locomotive that is back on Tyneside as part of the Great Exhibition of the North, and it’s helping fuel a whole heap of good stuff at the Discovery Museum.

It’s funny how an event that took place in workshops behind the Central Station in Newcastle would go on to change the world (and I’m not talking about The Vengaboys’ appearance at the Bongo Bingo party in the Boiler Shop last year). Robert Stephenson’s Rocket would forever alter the world of travel and it’s return to Newcastle has generated plenty of justified excitement. You can see it at the Discovery Museum and discover how its ground-breaking design heralded the birth of passenger railways. The museum is also hosting The Rocket Reimagined that will allow you to travel back to 1829 via the wonders of virtual reality to experience the sights and sounds of the early days of steam. More? How about Little Inventors North 2030, which is asking children from across the north of England to imagine their lives in the year 2030 and come up with ingenious inventions. In short: make tracks to the Discovery Museum, pronto.

It’s Rocket Science + The Rocket Reimagined + Little Inventors North 2030, Discovery Museum, until 9 September, Blandford Square, Newcastle, free (book free tickets online to ensure entry). discoverymuseum.org.uk