Watch: Time lapse footage of Lego Metro model taking shape in South Shields

Lego expert Steve Mayers with youngsters at The Word
Lego expert Steve Mayers with youngsters at The Word

Young designers in South Tyneside are going click with brick to make an intricate Lego scale model of a Metro rail carriage.

To celebrate the transport network’s past and future, they are taking part in a week of sessions to construct the highly detailed replica.

Making sure they do not go off the rails is Lego build specialist Steve Mayers, who is overseeing operations.

He has already recreated models of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park ground, Gateshead’s Baltic art gallery, and the Angel of the North, in Gateshead.

The sessions are taking place this week at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, in South Shields, are for youngsters aged five to 11.

Steve, who is also known by the moniker BrickThis, said: “My focus as a Lego Architect has been to create landmarks and icons of the North East. When Metro approached me about recreating one of their Metrocars as a scale LEGO model, it really appealed to me.

“Getting the public involved in the challenge is a whole new way of working for me.

“Together with my helpers we are creating an accurate and highly detailed model, utilising some advanced LEGO building techniques that fans of all ages can enjoy.”

Tobyn Hughes, managing director of Nexus, which operates the Tyne and Wear Metro, said added: “It is fantastic that our iconic Metro trains are to be recreated in Lego.

“This event is giving youngsters the chance to get involved and play their part in immortalising the current Metrocar design that we all know and love.

“The Big Build will be fun and educational, which is ideal for the school summer holidays.”

Tobyn Hughes, the managing director of Nexus, said: “The fact Steve has built part of the replica scale model with 100 children over five days is amazing.

“It has been a great opportunity to work with young people from around the region and hopefully some of them might be budding engineers for the future.”

Coun Gladys Hobson, the vice chair of Tyne and Wear transport sub-committee said: “All the children have really enjoyed taking part and the Lego model looks fantastic.

“It’s great the model is going on display at The Word so people can come to see it and find out what else the venue has to offer and also have the opportunity to visit the Little Landmarks exhibition at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery where 10 South Shields icons are recreated in Lego.”