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The Straw Locomotive was constructed in the Clyde Port Container Authority Terminal in Greenock in April 1987. Like many of Wyllie's work, there were many people involved in the making of it. The frame, of heavy steel wire, was welded together by the Greenock Welding Company in association with the artist and was a full 13m long. It was covered in wire mesh and then stuffed with tons and tons of golden straw to make it into something which closely resembled a real locomotive.

It took about two months to construct, and when it was ready, the Straw Locomotive was taken to Springburn, where the North British Locomotives had been made. From there, it began it's journey to the Finnieston Crane.

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