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Modelled to exact scale on the 1938 record-setting, 126mph steam locomotive 'Mallard', 'TRAIN' is seen as if hurtling through a tunnel with steam billowing behind it. A total of 185,000 bricks were used in its construction along with 170 cubic metres of concrete. The train weighs 15,000 tonnes and covers an area of 600 square metres. It is of hollow construction. A team of 34 bricklayers, labourers and apprentices took 21 weeks to build the structure. In addition, there are 20 special ‘bat’ bricks built in various places to encourage the nocturnal creatures to use it as their home. Local schools also donated ‘time capsules’ which were put inside the train.





house brick & precast concrete


H 70500 x W 63800 x D 3900 cm

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Acquisition method

commissioned by William Morrison PLC, Darlington Borough Council, supported by National Lottery and Arts Council England funding

Work type



Darlington Borough Council


Darlington Borough Council

Work status


Unveiling date

23rd June 1997


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Access note

The work can be seen by motorists passing on the nearby A66 Darlington bypass and pedestrians can walk to it along a specially landscaped path. There is a viewing platform and the work is well signposted.

Inscription description

painted in black on plaque on low wall nearby: TRAIN / A Sculpture / by / David Mach / Unveiled by Lord Palumbo of Walbrook / 23 June 1999 / Commissioned by / Wm. Morrison Supermarkets P.L.C. and Darlington Borough Council / and supported by the National Lottery through / the Arts Council of England; painted in black on plaque on low wall nearby, a poem entitled 'The Train Journey' by David Quick (Aged 7) from Middleton St George.


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Located at

A66 (Darlington Bypass), Darlington


Sited on fenced grassland by the A66 Darlington bypass on one side and a retail park on the other.