Here Comes The Orient Express

The first ever Orient Express set off from Paris on October 4th, 1883, immediately becoming a byword for extreme luxury.

With its wood panelling, silk sheets and gourmet menus, the train quickly became a favourite of kings, aristocrats, artists and even spies.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly explore why the train neither went to the “Orient” nor was it particular “express”; discuss why a very particular type of heartbreak led Belgian businessman Georges Nagelmackers to come up with the sleeper train; and look into why the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rode the Orient Express…

Further Reading:

• ‘The True History of the Orient Express’ (Smithsonian Magazine, 2014): 

• ‘The 50 Greatest Train Journeys of the World’ (Anthony Lambert, 2016): 

• ‘The truth behind the legend: The Orient Express’ (The Man in Seat 61, 2009): 

• ‘28hrs on World’s Most Luxurious Train: The Venice Simplon Orient Express’ (Trek Trendy, 2021): 

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