ONE of Liverpool's most famous sons, the inventor and engineer George Stephenson, will today be officially saluted for his contribution to the age of steam.

A commemorative plaque is to be unveiled outside 34 Upper Parliament Street, where Stephenson lived in the early 1800s.

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Stephenson made history through his locomotive, The Rocket, which won the Rainhill Trials - a race that opened the age of train travel.

The speed of the Rocket during the trials - 29mph - was considered unbelievably fast at the time.