Rocket model is on the right track

MODEL TRAIN: Rebecca Ball with the cardboard model Rocket at Monkwearmouth Station Museum.
MODEL TRAIN: Rebecca Ball with the cardboard model Rocket at Monkwearmouth Station Museum.
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AN artist is on the right track with his latest project.

A cardboard model of Robert Stephenson’s Rocket has been catching the attention of train passengers passing through Monkwearmouth Station Museum.

It’s been installed on the platform gallery after artist Will Alexander enlisted the help of Wearsiders to help him create the artwork.

Workshops were held at the BIC in Hylton Riverside so that people could help in the construction of the carriage to the locomotive.

The three-quarter size model of the Rocket celebrates Robert Stephenson’s early steam locomotive which was built in 1829 in Newcastle.

The model, which took three weeks to complete, is part of the Street Art Heroes project, being run by artist and curator Garry Hunter on behalf of The Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council funded project aiming to increase arts participation in South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Rebecca Ball, project director for the Cultural Spring, said: “Street Art Heroes has been an amazing project and one which has attracted a lot of positive attention. I’m sure Will Alexander’s Rocket model will be much admired in its current home at the Monkwearmouth Railway Museum.

“We hope the model may go on tour next year - it certainly deserves a wider audience. Its simplicity and charm, and Will’s attention to detail will ensure it will be popular wherever it is seen.”

Will has plenty of experience in creating huge cardboard models – he recently made an ice cream van out of cardboard and then sold cardboard ice creams from the moveable structure.

He also made a subway train and a full-size tram which went onto rail tracks in Zurich.

The Cultural Spring is working in 10 wards across north Sunderland and South Tyneside.

The Rocket will be on display at Monkwearmouth Station Museum until January 4.