One of the most famous trains in history, the Orient Express, ran again on Thursday (18 March).
GV Orient Express train (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR OF train carriage
SV boiler of train
GV train pulling out of station in Milan
SV Ljublijana station in Yugoslavia (3 shots)
SV train arrives at station
SV Sign on train "Orient Express"
SV people in train (2 shots)
SV people on platform beside train
Initials RH/0357 RH/JA/PNG/0315
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: One of the most famous trains in history, the Orient Express, ran again on Thursday (18 March).
The train, about which so many books, stories and films have been written set off from Milan, in Italy, for Istanbul.
The train was composed of 6 sleeping cars, a saloon and a special bathing coach all of which are from the original train that ran many years ago. Only the engine was modern, a small concession to the present time conscious age.
The running of the old train was a special event to mark the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Simple tunnel through the Italian Alps.
However, despite the attempt to bring alive a time long past, the sense of nostalgia had to take second place to convenience.......most of the passengers on the train flew back from Istanbul aboard aircraft.
SYNOPSIS: One of the most famous trains in history, the Orient Express, ran again on Thursday. The train was made up of the six original carriages which once carried passengers from Italy to Istanbul. There were the six sleeping cars, a saloon coach and a bathing carriage.
Only the train engine was modern----a small concession to the present time and motion conscious age. The train left Milan, Italy and set off for Istanbul.
On the way to Istanbul the train stopped at Ljubljana in Yugoslavia. The Orient Express was resurrected to mark the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Simplon tunnel through the Italian Alps.
The fares for the journey were high so only the rich and famous travelled on the old train on its nostalgic journey.
Most of them flew home in aircraft after the train journey.