The Engine Driver character jug modeled by Stanley J. Taylor and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1988 limited edition of 5,000 commissioned by Lawleys By Post. Dressed in his British Rail uniform, the engine driver helps to ensure the smooth running of today's high-tech electric trains. The engine driver's job has greatly changed since the pioneering days of the first steam locomotive, designed by engineers Trevithick and Stephenson. The latter was responsible for the famous steam engine, the Rocket, which at a record speed of thirty miles-per-hour won him the prize of 500 pounds in a competition in 1829. It is a humble speed by today's standards, when British Rail's Intercity 125 travels at a speed of 125 miles-per-hour. An incredible achievement in its day, it served to stimulate railway development throughout Europe and North America. The handle of this jug recalls a former era as it is modeled as a signal once common on Britain's Great Western Railways.
Journey Through Britain Series