A giant scale model of the famous Flying Scotsman train made entirely from chocolate is set to melt the hearts of railways enthusiasts when it goes under the hammer.
Sponsored by Morrison Construction, the highly-detailed ‘lo-cocoa-motion’ has been created by Peebles-based Cocoa Black after Scottish Borders Council (SBC) asked the company to develop something special to celebrate the re-opening of the Borders Railway and raise funds for Radio Borders Cash for Kids.
Weighing in at more than 75kgs of high-quality chocolate, it took three master chocolatiers 400 hours over four weeks to perfect the sweet-tasting steam train using techniques such as casting, carving, moulding and polishing chocolate.
The 1:17 scale sculpture contains over 400,000 calories - the equivalent of 750 individual chocolate bars.
The chocolate Flying Scotsman is encased in a display cabinet to stop it degrading, and will make its first public appearance at Waverley Station in Edinburgh to mark the inaugural weekend of the Borders Railway on Saturday.
Following the opening weekend it will then go on display at various events and venues and will eventually be put up for auction. It is hoped the unique culinary masterpiece will attract bids from railway and chocolate enthusiasts across the country and raise a tasty sum for the children’s charity.
The Flying Scotsman is one of the world’s most historic trains and has a place in the hearts of the public as the first steam locomotive to reach 100 miles per hour in 1934.
It was purchased by the National Railway Museum in 2004 and is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound restoration, with hopes that it will be back on track by the end of 2015.
Provided it’s stored in correctly, the chocolate version will remain in perfect condition for a minimum of two years.
The auction of the Chocolate Flying Scotsman is one of a series of events projects taking place from the Borders to Edinburgh to ensure that people across the country are fully aware of the significance of the return of the vital transport link to both the local and national economy.
The Borders Railway will officially begin operating on Sunday 6 September 2015, providing regular train services between Tweedbank and Edinburgh calling at new stations at Galashiels, Stow, Gorebridge, Newtongrange, Eskbank and Shawfair.
David Johnstone, senior project manager from Morrison Construction, who is sponsoring the train, said: “We are pleased to sponsor such a unique project which we hope ends up raising a significant sum for Radio Borders Cash for Kids. The Borders Railway itself has generated such a huge amount of interest and excitement so it is fitting that something like this has been done to mark its opening.”
Ruth Hinks from Cocoa Black explained: “The Flying Scotsman is an iconic symbol of the nation’s railway heritage. In creating the Chocolate Flying Scotsman, we hope to rekindle the beauty and romance of Scottish rail travel. It’s difficult to gauge the market value of something so unique, but the successful bidder will most likely have a specific interest in trains or art and with the money going to Radio Borders Cash for Kids. It will hopefully generate a significant sum.”