Africa Express train embarks on tour of Britain
3 September 2012 Last updated at 08:28 BST
It has been decked out with chill-out areas, a Moroccan tea room, and space for some of the world's finest musicians to collaborate on ideas as they tour Britain for a week.
The Africa Express left London Euston on Sunday morning, and will call at a number of cities over the next week, starting in Middlesborough and culminating at London's Kings Cross on Saturday.
Among those on board the old British Rail train was Damon Albarn - a co-founder of the project - as well as artists such as Amadou and Mariam, Rokia Treoria, Baaba Maal, Rizzle Kicks and Afrikan Boy.
BBC News was given a guided tour of the train by co-founder Stephen Budd, and chatted to some of those taking part in the trip.
Video journalist: Dan Curtis