Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Well Heeled Iron Horse

(Orient Express Venice-Simplon)

"Clang, clang, clang goes the trolley..." is a jingle that definitely does not describe these luxury locomotives.

(The Royal Scotsman)

We all have probably caught a glimpse of the deluxe environment offered by exclusive touring trains in the movie "The Orient Express" The title of that film was taken from one of the most famous of these trains.


The Orient Express offered elite travel to the ultra wealthy and royal adventurers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

(Orient Express-Eastern Southeast Asia)

Affluent travelers could ensconce themselves in wood paneled, carpeted and exquisitely furnished and chandelier lit cars as they crossed the continent.

(Eastern Southeast Asia)

The train was originally operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits.

(Orient Express Venice-Simplon)

In 1882, the first route took passengers on the Train Eclair de luxe from Paris to Vienna.

(Blue train)

In 1889, the route expanded to Constantinople, hence the name the Orient Express.

(Blue train)

The Orient Express continued through 2007 (with interruption during the World Wars). Nowadays, the Venice Simplon Orient Express operates on the original Orient Express routes using original cars from the 1920s and 1930s.
(Blue train)

Beside the Orient Express, the airified world of luxury train travel is well served by other companies.

(Hiram Bingham Peru)

The Royal Scotsman, known as a hotel train, surrounds its guests with fine fabrics, brass trim and wood paneling during the 2 day trip throughout the Scottish Highlands.

(Orient Express Royal Scotsman)

The Blue Train in Africa takes travelers in sumptuous coaches between Pretoria and Cape Town.
(Orient Express-Royal Scotsman)

Luxury trains in Russian, India and Asia take the well-heeled down the tracks on their world wide adventures.

(Orient Express Royal Scotsman)

Seeing the Scottish Highland from this vantage point would be unforgettable.
(Orient Express-Royal Scotsman cabin)

As if the meandering through the Highlands in the fabulous lounge shown in the previous image was not enough, retiring to this bedroom would top off the trip.

(Oriental Express Eastern train)

(Blue Train)


Paris Atelier said...

Hello Julio!
You always make me want to pack up and head off somewhere fabulous, now I want to go on luxury train. I love it. Like a film noir romantic movie.
Hope you, The Little American, and family are well!

vignette design said...

I need to go on a trip now! On a train. A luxury train!
Are you telling us that you are planning a trip soon?
I'm heading to NYC the end of the month, but alas am not taking a luxury train. However, I'm looking forward to flying Virgin America! haha. Hope you and yours are doing fine! xo Delores

Janie's World said...

Hi Julio,

I saw a PBS special on this a couple of years ago. Total LUXURY!!! Great post.