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Stockton Flyer

Coordinates:54°33′55.1″N1°18′46.6″W /54.565306°N 1.312944°W /54.565306; -1.312944

The Stockton Flyer is a kinetic sculpture in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham. It is a stylised depiction of the Locomotion No. 1, which first arrived in Stockton in 1825, and, as part of the Stockton and Darlington Railway had a large impact on the town. The sculpture rises from within a stone plinth at 1 p.m. every day and moves, emits smokes, and sounds a whistle. It was designed and built by Rob Higgs and was unveiled on 12 June 2016.

The fully emerged sculpture emitting smoke

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The sculpture is normally hidden within a stone plinth near Stockton-on-Tees Town Hall. The sculpture is a stylised steam locomotive, inspired by George and Robert Stephenson's Locomotion No. 1. At 1 p.m. each day the sculpture emerges from the plinth, moves, blows its whistle and emits smoke. When fully emerged, the sculpture measures 7 metres (23 ft) in height, including the plinth.

Locomotion No. 1

The railway was significant to the history of the Stockton; the first modern passenger railway line the Stockton and Darlington Railway was completed in 1825. Locomotion No. 1 first arrived at Stockton station on 27 September 1825. The railway was highly beneficial to the town's coal trade. In 1827 the railway was extended to the south bank of the River Tees where new staithes were built, this later grew into the city of Middlesbrough. In 2013 Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council decided to commission the Stockton Flyer to commemorate the towns's railway and industrial past. It followed the construction of a static sculpture of the Locomotion No. 1, a 27 metres (89 ft) steel model at St John’s Crossing at the southern end of the town unveiled in September 2013. The council justified the second sculpture, stating, "... whilst the St John's Crossing artwork is a literal representation of Locomotion No. 1 and its 1825 inaugural journey, The Stockton Flyer automata, intended for the High Street, represents our wider engineering achievements". Planning permission was granted in early September 2013.

The Rocket

The Stockton Flyer was designed and built by Cornwall-based sculptor Rob Higgs. The initial design for the sculpture was criticised by some who considered it more closely resembled Stephenson's Rocket, which had no connection to the town and ran instead on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The Rocket had different propulsion and wheel arrangements to the Locomotion No. 1. A revised design more closely based on Locomotion No. 1 was revealed later in September 2013. By 2015 the stone plinth of the sculpture was already in place and was engraved with the poem The Infinite Town by Mark Robinson.

The Stockton Flyer was unveiled on 12 June 2016 as part of commemorations of Elizabeth II's 90th birthday (the Queen's Official Birthday). The council did not announce the cost of the sculpture, but it was part of the £38M regeneration of the High Street. The sculpture was turned off during the first COVID-19 national lockdown, but was reinstated on 4 July 2020.

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  9. Welford, Joanne (30 June 2020). "Full steam ahead for 'unlockdown' in Stockton as play parks, cafes and libraries". TeessideLive. Retrieved16 December 2020.

Stockton Flyer
Stockton Flyer Language Watch Edit Coordinates 54 33 55 1 N 1 18 46 6 W 54 565306 N 1 312944 W 54 565306 1 312944 The Stockton Flyer is a kinetic sculpture in Stockton on Tees County Durham It is a stylised depiction of the Locomotion No 1 which first arrived in Stockton in 1825 and as part of the Stockton and Darlington Railway had a large impact on the town The sculpture rises from within a stone plinth at 1 p m every day and moves emits smokes and sounds a whistle It was designed and built by Rob Higgs and was unveiled on 12 June 2016 The fully emerged sculpture emitting smoke Contents 1 Description 2 History 3 References 4 External linksDescription EditThe sculpture is normally hidden within a stone plinth near Stockton on Tees Town Hall 1 The sculpture is a stylised steam locomotive inspired by George and Robert Stephenson s Locomotion No 1 2 At 1 p m each day the sculpture emerges from the plinth moves blows its whistle and emits smoke 2 3 4 When fully emerged the sculpture measures 7 metres 23 ft in height including the plinth 5 History Edit Locomotion No 1 The railway was significant to the history of the Stockton the first modern passenger railway line the Stockton and Darlington Railway was completed in 1825 2 Locomotion No 1 first arrived at Stockton station on 27 September 1825 6 The railway was highly beneficial to the town s coal trade In 1827 the railway was extended to the south bank of the River Tees where new staithes were built this later grew into the city of Middlesbrough 2 In 2013 Stockton on Tees Borough Council decided to commission the Stockton Flyer to commemorate the towns s railway and industrial past 1 It followed the construction of a static sculpture of the Locomotion No 1 a 27 metres 89 ft steel model at St John s Crossing at the southern end of the town unveiled in September 2013 The council justified the second sculpture stating whilst the St John s Crossing artwork is a literal representation of Locomotion No 1 and its 1825 inaugural journey The Stockton Flyer automata intended for the High Street represents our wider engineering achievements 7 Planning permission was granted in early September 2013 8 The Rocket The Stockton Flyer was designed and built by Cornwall based sculptor Rob Higgs 1 The initial design for the sculpture was criticised by some who considered it more closely resembled Stephenson s Rocket which had no connection to the town and ran instead on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway The Rocket had different propulsion and wheel arrangements to the Locomotion No 1 A revised design more closely based on Locomotion No 1 was revealed later in September 2013 6 By 2015 the stone plinth of the sculpture was already in place and was engraved with the poem The Infinite Town by Mark Robinson 1 The Stockton Flyer was unveiled on 12 June 2016 as part of commemorations of Elizabeth II s 90th birthday the Queen s Official Birthday 1 The council did not announce the cost of the sculpture but it was part of the 38M regeneration of the High Street 6 The sculpture was turned off during the first COVID 19 national lockdown but was reinstated on 4 July 2020 9 References Edit a b c d e About The Stockton Flyer Sculpture The Stockton Flyer Retrieved 16 December 2020 a b c d Warren Jonathan 2017 Industrial Teesside Lives and Legacies A post industrial geography London Palgrave Macmillan pp 53 54 ISBN 978 3 319 64540 7 Retrieved 16 December 2020 Goldfingle Gemma 31 January 2019 From ghost town to high street of the year Retail Week Retrieved 16 December 2020 The town battling the High Street blues BBC News 12 August 2019 Retrieved 16 December 2020 The Stockton Flyer Sculpture website The Stockton Flyer Retrieved 16 December 2020 a b c Blackburn Mike 21 September 2013 Stockton Flyer Chiefs get a rocket over train sculpture blunder TeessideLive Retrieved 16 December 2020 Blackburn Mike 28 September 2013 Steel locomotive sculpture in Stockton is unveiled TeessideLive Retrieved 16 December 2020 Blackburn Mike 13 September 2013 Stockton Flyer Stockton High Street sculpture is given green light TeessideLive Retrieved 16 December 2020 Welford Joanne 30 June 2020 Full steam ahead for unlockdown in Stockton as play parks cafes and libraries TeessideLive Retrieved 16 December 2020 External links EditVideo showing the construction of the Stockton Flyer Video of the Stockton Flyer in operation Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stockton Flyer amp oldid 999482227, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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