Afternoon Tees visits the Brick Train

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A little while ago (when it was a bit sunnier!) we went to visit the Darlington Brick Train. There's a lot of cool public art in Darlington, and although we'd seen the train driving past on the A66, we hadn't had chance to see it up close.

Panoramic view from top of Brick Train

The brick train is accessible through Morton Park - we parked up at the far end of Morrisons (just by the cash points) and walked the five minutes to the train, although there is a closer car park on the industrial estate.

Train visitor parking

The Brick Train was built in 1997 by David Mach and commemorates the Stockton-Darlington railway. It is made of 185,000 bricks, some of which are special 'bat bricks' that bats can use to roost in.

The sculpture is of the 1938 Mallard train, which broke the speed record at the time, with steam rising off behind it. The plans were quite controversial at the time, with some local Councillors commenting that the money could be better spent elsewhere.

Side view of Darlington Brick Train

Some of the local Darlington schools put time capsules in the train, and etched their names in special bricks.

Train sign Bricks at brick train

The Brick Train is massive and not only can you walk the whole way around it, but you can also walk to the top and access a viewing platform - the panoramic photo at the top of this blog post was taken from the top of the train.

Top of Darlington Brick Train

Have you every been to visit the Darlington Brick Train? What did you think of it?

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By Kate at 12 Feb 2018, 16:59 PM

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Kali
Wow what a fun trip! What brought you there?
2/16/2018 1:12:07 PM
Kate | Afternoon Tees
It's very near to us and we pass it in the car pretty much every day! We thought it was time to go and investigate it in more detail :)
3/29/2018 7:41:54 AM
Isabella
What a cool spot, such a neat place to visit - Iz
2/16/2018 2:12:20 PM
Juli
What a great adventure I am sure this was. Never seen anything like this before.
2/16/2018 6:57:21 PM
Maria
I really enjoyed reading it, this looks like a great place to visit
2/17/2018 1:58:13 PM
Kelly Edgar
This looks like a great place to explore
2/17/2018 2:21:19 PM
Lindsey
Wow! How cool is that? I'd love to see this! I love that school put time capsules in it too. :)
2/17/2018 2:54:16 PM
Kate | Afternoon Tees
We wonder what is in them... the time capsules will be over twenty years old now!
3/29/2018 7:42:57 AM

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