Rail Trail creation made from recycled rail parts
The ‘grandaddy of all penny farthings’ is the latest addition to the Te Aroha to Matamata Hauraki Rail Trail extension.
A large penny farthing, created by Te Aroha artist Adrian Worsley, has been placed at the Te Aroha Railway.
Adrian was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust and the Te Aroha Business Association to create two sculptures for the Te Aroha to Matamata extension, currently under construction.
And as the sculpture is made entirely of repurposed railway parts, Hauraki Rail Trail Trust CEO Diane Drummond says it’s the perfect showpiece for the trail.
“The sculpture at the train station is the first installation of this size along the network, and Adrian wanted it to have a strong cycling focus, so he made the granddaddy of all penny farthings.”
Diane said the Trust is looking for support to have many more of these wonderful creations from both Adrian and other artisans along the length of the entire trail.
The trike stands 2.2m high, 2.2m long and 2m wide and doubles as a bike rack. The second sculpture, currently under development, will be installed along the extension later in the year.
The Hauraki Rail Trail currently runs from Pūkorokoro-Miranda to Thames, via Paeroa, to then branch either east towards Waihi or south to Te Aroha. It is one of the 22 Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail system using parts of the KiwiRail embankments that ran through the district.
The Te Aroha to Matamata extension will cover 38.5km from Te Aroha Railway Station (where Hauraki Rail Trail currently terminates) along Te Aroha-Gordon Road, Mace and Alexandra Roads, Manawaru and Tower Road to the Matamata Trail head by Railside by the Green on Hetana Street.
The Miranda to Kaiaua leg of the trail is also currently under construction.