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    Children's historical pageant to celebrate 300th anniversary of city of Leeds.

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    Leeds, Yorkshire.

    Title: "300 Years of City's history re-enacted by thousands of schoolchildren - charming feature of Tercentenary Celebrations".

    Panning shot over a park; crowds of people sit on grassy slopes facing a flat area where a historical pageant is happening. Various shots of children and young people dressed in period costumes putting on a play. They appear to be dressed as medieval peasants and gentry. M/S of a man dressed as George Stephenson standing next to a model of his early train, The Rocket.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:00:00 / 01:28:17:00
    G 1312

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  1. Unknown user says

    George Stephenson's Rocket?!

    The locomotive at the end of the film is a replica of Leeds's very own early locomotive, which started work on the Middleton Colliery Railway 2 years before the appearance of Stephenson's first effort (which was a near but inferior copy of Leeds's!). The Leeds locomotive was called 'Salamanca' after the recent English victory there.

    The original locomotive was the first of 4, largely designed and built at Holbeck, Leeds by Matthew Murray. It incorporated the rack and pinion motion invented by the Middleton Colliery manager, John Blenkinsop, to overcome the then current problem of hauling a heavy load on cast-iron rails which broke easily under impact.

    The locomotive was the world's first commercially viable one, and attracted worldwide as well as UK visitors. Its rack and pinion motion was later reinvented for use on mountain railways.

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