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The Mallard steam locomotive made from 185,000 bricks. It is 4.4 metres high and 40 metres.
The train celebrates the town's pioneering railway history: the line Stockton-Darlington was the world's first public railway to use steam locomotives.



A Sculpture

Unveiled by Lord Palumbo of Walbrook
23 June 1997

Commissioned by
Wm. Morrison Supermarkets PLC and Darlington Borough Council
and supported by the National Lottery through
the Arts Council of England
The Train Journey

Hurry up, hurry up.
Get right up, get right up.
Sit back up, sit back up.
Clickety clack, clickety clack.
On the track, on the track.

I saw a tunnel, I saw a tunnel.
Under a tunnel, under a tunnel.
Out of the tunnel, out of the tunnel.
Clickety clack, clickety clack.
On the track, on the track.

Home at last, home at last.

David Quick (Aged 7)
Middleton St George Primary School
This poem was the winning entry in a competition for
local schoolchildren to write a poem inspired hy 'TRAIN'

Information Sign

TRAIN was commissioned by
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
and Darlington Borough
Council as part of the year of
the Visual Arts which took place
throughout the region in 1996.

David Mach is an internationally
renowned sculptor and one of Britain's
most innovative artists. His trademark
style is the layer and structuring of
everyday materials to produce images
which one would not normally associate
with those materials. This is reflected
in TRAIN where bricks have been used
to create a steam train and its smoke
emerging from a tunnel in a hillside.
TRAIN is an evolution of "Running
Out Of Steam", a sculpture which
David Mach completed in 1982 using
The sculpture is a major feat of design
and engineering. The challenges
laid down by David Mach's concept
pushed at the boundaries of brick
technology, particularly in the use
of overhanging brickwork.
The design was developed by the
architects, Fletcher Joseph of Leeds and
the Structural Engineers, Hutter Jennings
& Titchmarsh, also of Leeds, assisted
by Rex Proctor & partners, Quantity
Surveyors of Bradford.
Over 150 separate drawings were
produced showing the precise
location of every one of the 181,754
including six special bat bricks
which enable Pipistrelle bats to roost
inside the sculpture.
The sculpture was constructed by
the Darlington office of Shepherd
Construction Ltd of York in 28 weeks
between 11th November 1996 and
23rd May 1997. During the
construction period many local school
children were invited to cast their
own bricks to commemorate the
construction. These bricks have been
used in the construction of the plinth
adjacent to the sculpture.
A number of local schools also
prepared time capsules which have
been placed inside the sculpture.
"Train" celebrates Darlington's
place in the chronicles of railway
development. The town's
leading 19th century Quaker
industrialist, Edwards Pease,
believed passionately with
George Stephenson, that steam
locomotives were the future
for transporting goods and
passengers. That belief led to the
opening of the world's first public
steam railway in September 1825.
Discover more about Darlington's
railway history at the Head of
Steam Railway Museum, housed in
the 1842 North Road Station.
You can see the world famous
locomotion No. 1, the Stephenson
built engine, which pulled that
first passenger train, as well
as a host of other engines and
memorabilia. You can also
see how Darlington built the
engines which powered railways
throughout the world.

Darlington - Train


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Locatie (N 54°31'23" - W 1°29'52") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: gbne002; Photograph: 29 July 2019
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