Orient-Express exhibition at Train World in Brussels’ Schaerbeek from 26 October 2021 to 17 April 2022

From 26 October 2021 until 17 April 2022, Train World in Schaerbeek in Brussels will host an exceptional exhibition dedicated to the epic story of the Orient-Express and its Belgian creator, Georges Nagelmackers.

For the occasion, mythical Orient-Express carriages will be exhibited in the Belgian railway company museum. This major exhibition of the Europalia Trains & Tracks festival, will also present decorative works of art and unique documents retracing the adventure of the Orient-Express and the Wagons-Lits company.

“The exhibition will also evoke the imaginations awakened by this legendary train and the dreams it generated, from the most famous like Agatha Christie to the most tenuous, while paying tribute to the craftsmen who helped build its legend”, the Train World website says

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History

The Orient Express (with or without hyphen) was a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883 by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL) that operated until 2009.

The route and rolling stock of the Orient Express changed many times. Several routes in the past concurrently used the Orient Express name, or slight variations. 

Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name became synonymous with intrigue and luxury rail travel. The two city names most prominently associated with the Orient Express are Paris in France and Istanbul in Turkey, the original endpoints of the timetabled service.

In 1977, the Orient Express stopped serving Istanbul. Its immediate successor, a through overnight service from Paris to Bucharest in Romania, was later cut back in 1991 to Budapest in Hungary, and in 2001 was again shortened to Vienna in Austria, before departing for the last time from Paris on Friday 8 June 2007.

After this, the route, still called the Orient Express, was shortened to start from Strasbourg in France instead, occasioned by the inauguration of the LGV Est which afforded much shorter travel times from Paris to Strasbourg. The new curtailed service left Strasbourg at 10.20PM daily, shortly after the arrival of a TGV from Paris, and was attached at Karlsruhe in Germany to the overnight sleeper service from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Vienna.

On 14 December 2009, the Orient Express ceased to operate and the route disappeared from European railway timetables, reportedly a “victim of high-speed trains and cut-rate airlines”.

The Venice-Simplon Orient Express train, a private venture by luxury train operator Belmond using original CIWL carriages from the 1920s and 1930s, continues to run from London in the United Kingdom to Venice in Italy and to other destinations in Europe, including the original route from Paris to Istanbul.

Source: Wikipedia.

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