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Great batalay 2011-02-19 9:36

Hello Martin,

This is certainly a monument for the ages, complemented by a highly informative note. It will most likely last for several thousand years, and become an enigmatic symbol, much like the Sphinx in the Valley of Giza. Is that billowing steam represented by the soft-contours on top and behind the locomotive?

Have a good weekend,


Old 02-19-2011, 08:25 PM
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What a fascinating thought, a latterday Sphinx, in Darlington !

The billowing brickwork to the rear is indeed meant to respresent steam as it emerges from a tunnel, the portal of which is respresented by the earthwroks behind.

It is a great monument, to our erstwhile locomotive engineers, and to our bricklayers, who have done a fantastic job. All too often these days its plate glass and concrete, but well laid brickwork is a delight to behold.


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