The Tyne and Wear Metro is building a new carriage made out of Lego in South Shields.
Specialist Lego architect Steve Mayes is laying the bricks at The Word, with the help of local families and children in his biggest challenge to date to help complete a a scale model of one of the current Metrocars to celebrate Metro’s history in Tyne and Wear.
It will be the first Metro cart to be built in four decades, before going on display. The first Metro appeared on this network thirty-seven years ago.
It will put the Tyne and Wear Metro among the ranks of world famous landmarks which have been recreated using Lego.
Steve has already made a part of the model, and this week - from 7th to 11th August - will be joined by locals to create the rest.
Visitors to the event taking place at the National Centre for the Written Word will be able to watch the build take shape, look at the model, find out more about the Metro Futures project including plans for a new Metro fleet, and try their hand at building a Lego model of their own.
The finished Lego model of the Metrocar will go on display at The Word until 30th September.
Steve Mayes has taken his childhood hobby and turned it into a business, using the famous coloured building blocks to recreate North East landmarks, brick by brick.
His work has featured at the Centre for Life in Newcastle at the North East Lego Landmarks exhibition, held earlier in the year. Steve has already built Lego models of St James’ Park, the Baltic art gallery, the Angel of the North and his North Shields home. He said:
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is very excited to see that its Metro trains are joining with the many other famous local and world landmarks which have been built out of Lego. Tobyn Hughes, the Managing Director of Nexus, said:
Tania Robinson, Head of Marketing and Communications at South Tyneside Council, said:
The #BrickMetro Big Build coincides with South Shields Museum Art Gallery’s Little Landmarks exhibition this summer. Ten South Shields buildings, recreated in miniature by local LEGO® builder Bricks McGee are on display at the museum.