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Model train finally finds home
A replica train built for Transpennine Express
The full size model will take six people to dismantle and move
A full-size replica of a railway carriage has found a new home, despite failing to sell on the internet.

Train firm First Keolis used the model to show off 100mph Transpennine units due to enter service in the north east, north west and Yorkshire in 2006.

After six months at the National Railway Museum in York, it is going to a lighting company in Cumbria.

The model attracted "considerable interest" online, a spokesman said, but did not end up being sold.

More than 350,000 visitors saw the model at the museum. Built in Germany of heavy-duty MDF, it includes a driver's cab, reclining first class seats and many genuine fittings.

250m investment

A number of lorries will be needed to transport it to lighting firm Marl International's Ulverston premises, close to the Carnforth to Barrow-in-Furness railway line in Cumbria.

The firm will re-configure the model's lighting to directly compare traditional lighting with systems based on light emitting diodes (LEDs).

A TransPennine Express spokesman said: "The model proved an ideal way for us to show tens of thousands of people the quality of trains we will be introducing in two years' time in a 250m investment."




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