The first visualizations of the interior of the updated Orient Express are presented
The first visualizations of the interior of the updated Orient Express are presented. The wagons are currently under repair. Most of them were in Poland in 2007-2018, on a siding to Małaszewicze. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to Rynek Kolejowy.
In 2018, 13 carriages of the Orient Express, which had fallen into disrepair for years in Małaszewicze (9 sleeping cars, a bar, a restaurant, luggage and bath cars), were returned to France. The Orient Express was supposed to start operating in 2024, but now the announced return date is 2025.
Today we are proud to present the first images of the future Orient Express train. This is a story inspired by a dream, a timeless train – a dream object that becomes a reality. Maxime d’Angeac project evokes this myth by demonstrating luxury, modernity and French elegance. Tomorrow, the Orient Express will be ready to shine again, proud of its 140-year history and looking to the future. The legend continues, Sebastian Bazin, President of the Board of Accor, said a few days ago.
Maxime d’Angeac designs are inspired by 1920s motifs presented by luxury fashion houses Daum, Hermès and Guerlain for 20 years. The architect explains that “this is a reimagining of the legendary train, conceived as a new embassy of French luxury, created thanks to the talent and knowledge of the best French craftsmen.” But that’s not all – in the presented visualizations of the future bar car, the influences of the Second Empire Style are visible, i.e. the time of Napoleon III.
The historic Orient Express ran from Paris (with a change in London) to Istanbul via Strasbourg, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Nis and Sofia. Trips on this route took place in 1883-1914, 1919-1939 and 1945-1977. On certain days of the week, in certain years, a train under this name was also sent to Thessaloniki, Bucharest or Varna. Then the coverage area was successively reduced to Bucharest, Budapest and Vienna. In December 2009, the Orient Express was suspended.
In 2017, the rights to the Orient Express brand were acquired by the Accor hotel chain from the French Railways (SNCF). According to the idea of the new owner, the train should – at least at the initial stage – run mainly through Italian territory. It was originally announced to be part of the Orient Express La Dolce Vita luxury travel service – travelers will stay overnight at the Orient Express La Minerva hotel in Rome, and will also have a dedicated seat at one of Rome’s train stations. The Orient Express Palazzo Donà Giovannelli will also open in Venice, with the brand used in select new Accor properties.
However, single trips to Paris, Split and Istanbul are also currently planned. Keeping up with the times, trains are advertised as environmentally friendly and environmentally friendly. The updated line-up includes 12 luxury cabins, 18 suites, one honorary suite and a restaurant.
It is worth remembering that there is also Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express on the market, but this is a brand owned by Belmond.
Where did the carriages in Małaszewicze come from? At the beginning of the 21st century, one of the trains called “Orient Express” served tourist trains to the east, mainly to Russia. Therefore, boogies had to be changed at border crossings. In 2007, the then owner of the rolling stock did not pay Belarusian Railways for storing standard gauge bogies at Brest station. Therefore, the wagons were parked on the Polish side, on one of Cargotor’s broad gauge tracks, where they were looted and devastated by vandals in the following years. Attempts to contact the owner were unsuccessful. Polish media – both industry and regional – wrote about this case back in 2012.
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