Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
'Birley No. 3 Engine', 1998
Stone Lane - Transpennine Trail
wood - oak
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. (A-Z p5 4F)
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.
75cm high x 166cm long x 63cm deep
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.
Woodhouse and Westend Tenants Association
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.