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Giant pasty to tempt travellers

Cornish pasty
Passengers will be asked to guess the weight of the giant pasty

A giant Cornish pasty is being used to help tempt thousands of London commuters to travel on scenic rail routes in Devon and Cornwall.

The Looe and Tamar Valley lines are being promoted on the main concourse at Paddington Station, which is used by about 80,000 passengers a day.

The "Wouldn't you rather be on this train?" event has been organised by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership.

The pasty was made by Cornish baker Malcolm Barnecutt.

Passengers will have the chance to win a short break in south east Cornwall and the Tamar Valley, including free rail travel from London, by guessing the weight of the pasty.

The rail partnership is a non-profit partnership between local authorities, the rail industry and the University of Plymouth.

The Tamar Valley Tourist Association and South East Cornwall Tourist Association said it was economically important to promote such a beautiful area which was accessible by rail.

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