Bat Roost: Darlington brick train

Seen as its Halloween, I thought I’d take this opportunity to speak about a famous sculpture located in my hometown, Darlington.

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The Darlington Brick Train was opened on Monday June 23rd 1997. It was an exciting time for our town, and everyone was excited for the finished sculpture! Darlington is famous for George Stephenson (my sixth great grandad, apparently) who built the Locomotive steam engines. Good old George was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer who built the first public railway line, in the world, to use steam locomotives.

The Darlington Brick Train Sculpture fits in quite nicely with Halloween as it was designed to encourage bats to live inside. The train features twenty special ‘bat bricks’ which allow the fascinating nocturnal creatures to gain entry, offering them a suitable and safe place as their roost. After all, bats are protected in the UK.

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4 thoughts on “Bat Roost: Darlington brick train

  1. Boomdeeadda says:

    Hi Eleanor, Boomdee here, popping in by way of ‘It’s A Pussycats Like’. Gasp, how many bricks must they have used? It’s nice they’ve made a home for bats, they eat a lot of mosquito’s so I’m sure they’re benificial. Best they not live in my house. 😛

    • Hiya, thanks for popping by! I believe a total of 185,000 bricks were used lol. It’s quite cool because Kelly was one of the children chosen to have her time capsule put inside the brick train somewhere! Not sure when the time capsules will ever be getting opened, but it would be a very interesting event to see in years to come hehee! Lol, I’ve never seen a mosquito in the UK – but I’m sure they eat lots of other creepy critters which I don’t like 🙂

      • Boomdeeadda says:

        Ooooo, time capsule! That would make an awesome post. Hopefully it will see the light of day at some point.

      • Yeah it would make an awesome post. I asked Kelly if she can remember what went in her time capsule, she said she can remember putting pictures in, her hobbies and obviously her name n which school she went to. Kelly said it is due to be opened 100 years from when it went it! Shame we won’t be around to see that, lol!

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