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The world's glamourous and celebrated train.
Introduction to Orient Express
The world's most celebrated train, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express carries passengers across Europe in the style of a bygone era.
The glamorous carriages of the Orient Express, its sumptuous cuisine and personal service, which is beyond comparison, make a journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express perfect for a celebration or special holiday.
Bombed, shot at and marooned in snow drifts, the history of the Orient-Express is both legendary and colourful.
The carriages which today form the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express each have a history of their own, with long years of service criss-crossing the frontiers of Europe, operating for a variety of railway companies. The carriages have taken on characters of their own as intriguing as the characters of those who travelled within their cosy confines.
Mystery and Intrigue
The Orient-Express has always been involved in mystery and intrigue, both fictional and real. Most famous of all is Agatha Christie's novel 'Murder on Orient-Express' in which her detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a passenger. The Holywood movie, starring Albert Finney as Mr Poirot, was partly filmed aboard the train and in replica carriages in a studio.
As a star of six motion pictures the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express most recently helped Cruella da Ville make her escape to Paris in 102 Dalmations. There have been a total of 19 books written about the train and even a piece of music entitled 'Orient-Express Variations' has been written.
In reality the various carriages of the Orient-Express have been the scenes of history and intrigue.
Pioneers of Luxury Travel
The history of 'luxury' train travel can be traced back to 1864 when the innovative railway builder, george Mortimer Pullman, created a train in Britain, featuring the ultimate in nineteenth century technology and opulence and was far more advanced than anything that existed in Europe.
In the 1870's the first sleeping carriages and parlour cars in Britain went into service and for the first time meals were served on board a train. The first all Pullman train in Europe, the Pullman Limited Express, began operating in 1881. It ran from London to Brighton and was the first train to be illuminated by electricity.
Shortly afterwards, by connecting trains to ferries, George Mortimer Pullman made safe and comfortable train travel between London and Paris a reality.
Rebirth of a Legend
The fabled train was however saved by entrepreneur and rail enthusiast, James B. Sherwood. In 1977 he bought two of the trains carriages at a Sotheby's auction in Monte Carlo. The next few years and US$16 million were spent locating, purchasing and restoring some 35 vintage sleepers, Pullmans and restaurant cars.
On 25th of May 1982 the legend was reborn when Venice Simplon-Orient-Express made its maiden run from London to Venice.
Today, the gleaming carriages of the Venice Simplon-orient-Express continue to transport passengers across Europe in exquisite surroundings on one of the most romantic journeys in the world.
The world of the Orient-Express is now truly international and passengers can enjoy a similar experience on board the Eastern & Oriental Express in S.E. Asia, the Great South Pacific Express in Australia and the Road To Mandalay in Burma (today named Myanmar).
Welcome on board The King of Trains to the Journey of your Life!
Hotels near Orient Express
Orient Express is located in Victoria Railway Station, about 5min walk from Georgian House Hotel.
For more informations please visit www.orient-express.com
Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan your trip on-board the Orient Express? You can book online or email to make a reservation on email@example.com, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438