Jonathan Edwards

Train firm unveils Games-time tribute to Olympian Edwards

East Coast is using a life-sized sculpture of Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards to promote rail travel for the Olympics.

Created by award-winning sculptor Ptolemy Elrington and comprising around 150 different components from diesel and electric trains, the artwork depicts triple-jumper Edwards parading a Union Jack flag after his 2000 victory at the Sydney Games.

The sculpture took two weeks to build with all parts sourced from East Coast’s engineering depots.

It weighs 350kg and includes brake pads, springs, seat frames and bolts.

Edwards unveiled the work at London Kings Cross, from where it began a tour of key stations along the East Coast Main Line, starting with York and Leeds.

It will be in Newcastle as E&T is published, moving to Edinburgh from 26 June to 4 July.

After that it returns to Kings Cross and will be on view in the First Class lounge throughout the summer Games.

A spokesman said East Coast has yet to decide on the longer-term future of the work.

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