Monday, December 14, 2009

The end of the line for the Orient Express

An early advertisement for the Orient Express.

Terrible news!  One of the world's classic standards of luxury in travel, the Orient Express, is making its last trip today.  Established in the 1880's, the Orient Express was considered an iconic means of travel which would take one from London or Paris to Istanbul.

The means to enter 19th Century luxury.

Sadly, its is meeting its demise due to quicker TVGs and discount airlines.  I would contend that the OE set the standard for elegant long distance travel in confined areas (providing a template for some Steampunk's airship interiors), and its loss is a small and disapointing notice of the disappearance of another era.

The interior of one of the Orient Express' luxury cars.

For more details on the Orient Express' last trip, please visit:,+Finally+Calls+It+Quits

and a bit of historical background on the Orient Express is located here: