Brick trains are quite the trend at the moment! Not only do we have this magnificent model ‘Hear My Train a’ Comin‘ at Whanganui, created by UCOL senior lecturer Brit Bunkley. There is a superb model in Darlington, in Great Britain.
The bones of the Whanganui train are a metal framework designed by engineers BPL group and are ‘strong enough to withstand an atomic blast. The frame built was by Paul McCormick at Pre-Nail Precision in Hinau St., Whanganui.
The view across the river in Whanganui towards the train is spectacular, but both trains are pretty amazing! The sheer weight of bricks mirror the majesty of the magnificent stream trains still beloved of so many. I mean, how many people rush to get on a diesel train eh? A Steam Train has real magic!
Great Britain’s brick train in Darlington is modelled on the 1938 record setting, 126mph steam locomotive “Mallard”. It was commissioned in 1997 and created by David Mach. It reflects Darlington’s heritage of train building and transport. There is a fabulous article here on the Mallard and its sister trains – together for one last time.
A total of 185,000 bricks were used in the construction of ‘Mallard’ along with 170 cubic meters of concrete. The train weighs 15,000 tonnes and covers an area of 600sq meters. It is of hollow construction and measures 23ft high by 130ft long. It took a team of 34 brick layers, labourers and apprentices 21 weeks to build.
Wow – I never thought I would see two brick trains, on opposite sides of the world, one in Middle-Earth and one in England – so far away.