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World's longest chocolate train displayed in Brussels

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A train made entirely of chocolate set a new Guinness World Record on Monday as the longest chocolate structure in the world. The sculpture, on display at the busy Brussels South station, is just over 34 meters long and weighs over 1,250 kilos.

The world's longest chocolate structure on Guinness World Records, made by artist Andrew Farrugia of Malta, is displayed in Brussels November 19, 2012. [Xinhua] 

Maltese chocolate artist Andrew Farrugia spent over 700 hours constructing the chocolate train. He said he came up with the idea last year after visiting the Belgian Chocolate Festival in Bruges.

Andrew Farrugia, Chocolate Artist, said, "I had this idea for a while, and I said what do you think if we do this realization of a long chocolate train, you know, because a train you can make it as long as you like. Actually it was going to be much smaller than it was, but I kept on adding another wagon, and another wagon, and it's the size it is today."

Famous Belgian chocolate company Belcolade donated several tonnes of chocolate for his project. There are two parts to the train. The first seven wagons are modeled after the new Belgian trains, and the rest of the train is modeled after the old train wagons, including a wagon with a bar and restaurant on board.

Andrew Farrugia, Chocolate Artist, said, "Something like this, there's no moulds involved. Everything is done from an idea, sketches, then you have to do the plans for each wagon, and then you have to start the build-up. So there's a lot of engineering and architectural stuff in this."

Three days before the event, Farrugia transported the chocolate train by truck in 25 wooden boxes from Malta to Belgium and it drew curious crowds at the station.

Tess Thibaut, Onlooker, said, "I would like to eat it. It's very long, it's nice, and it's nice to watch it while you're waiting for your train because my train is late again."

After measuring the length of the train and confirming no material other than chocolate was used, officials from the Guinness Book of World Records added a new category to the collection of world records and declared the train to be the longest chocolate structure in the world.

The train will be on display at various chocolate museums in Belgium as well as at Brussels' train museum. After that, Farrugia plans to sell his train and donate the money to a children's charity.

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