The legendary Orient Express was put into service in 1883, and nicknamed “the king of trains.” Not for nothing! Made infamous by Agatha Christie’s iconic novel, the mythical train welcomed Marlene Dietrich, Lawrence of Arabia and the Mata Hari. It’s a heritage the SNCF is proud of. The SNCF Collection, in fact, includes more than 600 train vehicles, 69 of which are protected as Historic Monuments. In 2011, the company launched an ambitious restoration program for the Orient Express by acquiring seven Pullman lounge cars and historic dining cars from the 1920s, entrusting a subsidiary to completely restore them. As part of “Long Live the Train” Week, SNCF is presenting its completely renovated seventh and final car (number 4148, known as the “Côte d’Azur”). During the soirée, the president of the SNCF announce ambitious plans to celebrate the SNCF’s heritage, which is part of French history. 

Photos: Chantapitch Wiwatchaikamol
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