Image shows Karen Allerton with students from The Hollins secondary school

History of rail documented in new artwork at Accrington station in Lancashire

A new artwork has been unveiled at Accrington station in Lancashire that documents the history of the railway.

Created by the artist Karen Allerton in partnership with students at The Hollins secondary school in the town, the piece is called ‘Steam to Green’.

The project was supported by Northern through its Seedcorn Fund and provides a pictorial history showing the progress of the rail industry from its steam engine beginnings to the present, greener approach.

It was unveiled at the station yesterday (Wednesday, 27 September) by Mike Cliffe, chair of East Lancashire and Clitheroe Community Rail Partnership. 

Craig Harrop, regional director for Northern, said: “Karen’s collaboration with the students from The Hollins has created a beautiful – and important – piece of art to highlight the progression of the rail industry over more than 100 years.

“It’s a great addition to Accrington station and something that I’m sure our customers will enjoy admiring when using the station.”

Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England. 

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