This train sculpture, at 50% of scale and 120 feet long, is the longest and largest piece of public art in Fremont, and is located at the forefront of Niles Station, where Mowry Avenue ends at Mission Blvd.
The brainchild of local resident and historian, Lila Bringhurst, the train sculpture came into being at the hands of Mario Chiodo, a world-renowned Oakland artist.
Based on a picture of a 1907 train that traveled the Niles Canyon route, the Niles Station Train Sculpture is a gift of public art from the Bringhurst family to the residents of Fremont. Based upon the Southern Pacific Mogul 2-6-0 No.1751, Chiodo carved the sculpture from wood and then covered it with polyester resin for a finished surface. The engine is 22′ 9″ long, and 10′ 2″ tall. The sculpture composition is steel, foam, and wood, epoxy and fiberglass coatings, and painted bronze.
News Stories About the Sculpture
- Fremont Sculpture Rides History of the Niles District San Jose Mercury News, March 16, 2012
- A Train Stops Here Tri City Voice, February 3, 2012
- Train Sculpture Unveiled in Fremont Inside Bay Area, March 8, 2013
- Unveiling of the Niles Station Train Sculpture (includes photographs) Fremont Bulletin, March 8, 2012.