This ghost train is no seaside tourist attraction.

Nor is it the latest skeleton service laid on for put-upon Sussex commuters.

The life-sized locomotive, soon to puff eerily into existence on a disused railway bridge in Brighton’s New England Quarter, is the culmination of blood, sweat, and the odd curse.

Sculptor Jon Mills has been trying to keep track of the giant public artwork for four years and has spent months welding together the two-dimensional steel model of the 1847 steam locomotive, the Jenny Lind.

Now almost complete, the work of art is in Mr Mills' workshop in Robertson Road, Brighton, but next month the three-ton phantom will be craned into place on the out of service tracks on the viaduct over New England Road.