The first freight train travelling all the way from China to London has set off - on a journey that will cover a staggering 7,456 miles and pass through nine countries.
The locomotive, stuffed with £4million worth of goods including socks and suitcases, departed from Yiwu West railway station in Zhejiang Province, China on Sunday.
Its epic journey will come to an end in Barking, east London, having been trundling along for 18 days.
It is part of a drive to improve trade links with Europe, with the route cheaper than air freight and faster than transporting goods by sea.
Its route will snake through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France and finally Britain.
Thomas, Leeds, 1 day ago
Enterprising Brits should be using the return journey to export our goods. There is a massive demand for western goods in China.
TheGnostic, Vitoria, Spain, 2 days ago
Interesting. And what are we selling to Chiina in return?? Errrmmm... Ahhhh..... Ok, answers on a postcard.
On the button, UK, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
I wonder who else will be hitching a ride over.
poshhightea, Melbourne, Australia, 3 days ago
China produces absolute junk. They will be in the train by the millions to buy your real estate and education.
The Awkward Squad, Worst Rated Section, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
I wonder what we could fill that train with on the return trip? Hmmmm....
Puuhl, Los Angeles, United States, 3 days ago
Lucky you! Bringing their crappy products to your doorstep and returning home with insane profits and your jobs.
Notting Hill Snob, London, 3 days ago
Milk will be sour by the time it gets here.
John Son Tan, Uranus, Malaysia, 3 days ago
not sure bout milk..but your grapes sure is sour