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Derwent Walk Express - Andy Frost

Derwent Express
Derwent Walk Express - Andy Frost

Andy Frost's Derwent Walk Express is probably the only locomotive which tows its own passing landscape behind it.  

This colourful sculpture acts as a sign for the Swalwell entrance to Derwent Walk Country Park, an area restored and landscaped as an urban improvement scheme.  

The painted plywood construction (2.5 x 33 metres) combines a steam train with slices of countryside - plants, birds, animals, insects and a distant power station. Mounted on the bridge abutment of a railway viaduct on the former Derwent Valley branch line, the sculpture reflects the area's great railway heritage and its present regeneration as a country park.  

Installed in 1987 but has been recently refurbished in 2005. 

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