Category Archives: Sculptures

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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