Train splashed with colour after Fenland girl, 7, triumphs in national design competition

A TRAIN is set to travel across the country decorated with the colourful designs of a seven-year-old Fenland girl after the young artist won a national competition.

Emily Goodman, from March, penned the eye-catching pictures which won the GB Railfreight contest. The newly-decorated 66720 locomotive was unveiled at Wansford Station last week, with winner Emily also receiving �50 and a Nintendo Wii console.

Emily’s father Ben Goodman will also play a key role in showing off his daughter’s artwork – after being promoted to a mainline train driver at Whitemoor Rail Distribution Centre.

A delighted Mr Goodman said: “My daughter’s always colouring in and she even asked to do two designs. I couldn’t believe it because they took both and put one on each side.

“It will be pretty sweet driving about in it. It’s permanent so her designs are going to be going up and down the country for 20 or 30 years.

“Our house backs onto the railway in March so we keep seeing her design passing out of the window. It was quite an emotional day when it was announced at the event. We are very proud.”

Cavalry Primary School student Emily was presented with her awards by GB Railfreight’s Managing Director John Smith, who also took a moment to show the creative youngster the locomotive’s controls.

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