Train made of sand on display at Great Yarmouth station

Sand sculpture commissioned by Greater Anglia Credit: Greater Anglia

A replica of one of Greater Anglia’s new trains has been sculpted out of sand and put on display at Great Yarmouth station.

The sculpture, which shows a bi-mode train alongside the company's symbol - a leaping hare took three days to build.

It marks the first bi-mode train, which runs on electricity and diesel, going into passenger service on the route between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft earlier this week.

The sand sculpting company that produced the train sculpture, Sand in Your Eye, worked with Danny Boyle last year to create 32 sand drawings on beaches across the UK to commemorate the First World War.

Two artists, Richard Spence and Jamie Wardley, who between them have been sand carving for 17 years, used two tonnes of sand, in the middle of Great Yarmouth station concourse.

They compacted the sand in wooden shuttering, mixed it with water and compacted it. Then they removed the shuttering to reveal a soft sand stone and carved using shovels, building trowels and pallet knives.

David Metherell, Greater Anglia Head of Commercial Development, said:

Artist Richard Spence said:

Greater Anglia is replacing all of its trains with new ones with more seats, plugs and USB points.

38 of the news trains will be bi-mode, made by Swiss manufacturer Stadler and financed by Rock Rail East Anglia.