George Stephenson character jug modeled by William K. Harper and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1997 limited edition of 1,848 for Lawleys By Post to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Stephenson's death. George Stephenson (1781-1848) is often called The Father of the Railway Age. Born near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, George grew up with a keen interest in machines. By 1824 he had constructed a locomotive that could pull thirty tons up a hill at four miles-per-hour. At the Rawhill Trials competition during October, 1829, of the ten locomotives entered, the Rocket, produced by George and his son, won the 500 pound prize, setting a record at the then unheard-of-speed of thirty miles-per-hour. Stephenson invented many other useful items, including a miner's lamp and an alarm clock. He became well-known for building the Manchester to Liverpool Railway, using his inventive ideas for tunnels, grading and bridges to make a level roadway. The Rocket, Wapping Cutting bridge and 1830 form the handle of the jug.