National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Derwent Walk Express


Type Sculpture

     A two-thirds life-size representation of a steam train in polychrome relief, set approximately 5 metres up on top of a stone wall. This forms a highly visible gateway to the Derwent Walk pathway which leads to the south. The wall turns on itself so that there are additional fa├žades to the main length which fronts the road. Painted in bright primary colours, the train is depicted moving through an industrial and rural landscape, and small tableaux of animals and vegetation are sited on other angles of the wall.
     Described as 'probably the only locomotive which tows its own passing landscape behind it', this colourful sculpture of a steam train also includes vignettes of wildlife and a power station.(1) Derwent Walk Country Park follows the line of an old railway used to transport coal, which has been replaced by a cycle and footpath. This ends in Rowlands Gill, 3 miles to the south. Ths sculpture was commissioned by Gateshead MBC as part of its public art programme in the mid-1980s and financed by the organisations credited on the plaque.


Metal plaque on wall below: DERWENTWALK EXPRESS / by / ANDY FROST / unveiled by / NORMAN BUCHAN MP / 9 Oct 1986 / Funded by Tyne and Wear County Council / Gateshead MBC and Northern Arts Metal plaque on wall below: BBC / TOWNSCAPE / AWARD / 1988

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Frost, Andy Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Plywood and steel 3300cm long x 150cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
Road Hexham Road
Precise location Entrance to Derwent Walk Country Park, top of wall
A-Z ref 75 1E
OS ref NZ119622
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1986
Unveiling details Unveiled 9th October 1986
Commissioned by Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Duty of care Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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