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Elephants let train take strain on trunk route to Norwich

PUBLISHED: 17:10 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 October 2010

Elephans board train at Liverpool Street station

Elephans board train at Liverpool Street station

Commuters couldn’t believe their eyes when a herd of four colourful fibreglass elephant sculptures departed last Thursday en route to East Anglia. The herd was letting the train take the strain as they headed for a mammoth’ public art exhibition opening in Norwich

THE elephant "now standing on platform nine" at Liverpool Street station is the 11 o'clock to Norwich.

Commuters couldn't believe their eyes when a herd of four colourful fibreglass elephant sculptures departed last Thursday en route to East Anglia.

The herd was letting the train take the strain as they headed for a 'mammoth' public art exhibition opening in Norwich this week.

The star attraction was Meiluami, an calf that recently traveled to Kenya and back, named by children from a school in Kenya which is now an official 'Born Free' ambassador.

Meiluami joined 50 of these unique elephant sculptures which are on show throughout Norwich this summer.

Virginia McKenna, founder of the Born Free Foundation who accompanied Meiluami on her epic journey, said: "This little elephant symbolises the spirit of Africa.

"Her vivid colours, her delicate Maasai beading and brown earth skin conjure up the magic of the open plains."

The fibreglass herd traveled on the 11am National Express from Platform 9 and arrived at Norwich three hours later.

The rail company is offering a special ticket deal on trains to Norwich during the 10-week exhibition.

But you don't have to make a trunk call to get a reservation.


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