World s Most Famous Train

About the Show

About the Show

During its 9 month long season, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will make over 60 journeys covering 150,000 kilometres, with the majority of trips between London and Venice. Marketed as the world s most luxurious and romantic train journey, the train is comprised of 17 unique 1920 s carriages, all of which were obtained from one of the many famous pioneering trains of that era. Having carried an abundance of elite individuals, across Italy, Switzerland, and Turkey for nearly a century, each carriage contains its own unique history, from dramatic incidents, to royal scandals alike. Now, from champagne bars, and five-star gastronomy, to manually stoked fires and a bed turn around each night, it seems like an idyllic trip. The programme follows the stories of the staff and passengers who in a world of budget airlines, and 2 hour long flights, are still willing to fork out the 2,000 it costs for this 36 hour journey across Europe, despite having no Wi-Fi or showers. We will meet a number of couples proposing, on honeymoon and the train enthusiast who s been travelling every year since 1994. But what does it take to provide luxury on a fast-moving train, and all in minimal space? Over 40 personnel are on hand, ready to cater to the needs of up to 180 passengers. During this time 12,845 croissants are delivered to the cabins for breakfast in bed, and 1,700 champagne corks will be popped. This season the old train has a new broom, Pascal Deyrolle, who steps in as the suave and sophisticated General Manager. To stay at the top of the game, no detail is too small for Pascal (himself a former steward), whether it be unpolished brass plates, or scuffed paintwork but will the staff meet his standards?


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