Birley No. 3
75 cm high x 166 cm long x 63 cm deep
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Oblique view of the railway engine bench. Location: Sited on the 'Transpennine trail' formerly a works railway line. Access from half way along Stone Lane, beyond the Public Car Park on the opposite side of the road. Description: This work, carved in oak, features the Birley No. 3 Engine of the title, with a mass of steam trailing out behind. Together they form the backrest to a narrow seat. The entire piece is cut from a single trunk and the engine was originally painted black, although much of this painted surface has since weathered away. It is sited on four railway sleepers on a disused works railway line. Inscriptions: Carved in seat of the bench: donated by / The Woodhouse / and Westend Tenants Association, / as part of the Transpennine Trail / 1998 Sited on the / Birley Collieries Line / (1865 - 1953) Carved on the engine: "BIRLEY No 3" Signatures: Carved on the front of the bench: by J.Thomson. Commission: Woodhouse and Westend Tenants Association Comment: The sculpture commemorates the works railway that once operated along this route. This was the Birley Collieries Line which was in operation between 1865 and 1953.
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Sculptor. Ex-student at Sheffield Hallam University.
Public art -- England -- Sheffield
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