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The Orient Express

Anthony Burton

The Orient Express is a name synonymous with luxury train travel in Europe. In 1883, the first train with its gleaming livery and leather-embossed chairs in mahogany-panelled compartments caused a sensation. But by the 1950s and 1960s, the service was... Read moreRead less

The Orient Express is a name synonymous with luxury train travel in Europe. In 1883, the first train with its gleaming livery and leather-embossed chairs in mahogany-panelled compartments caused a sensation. But by the 1950s and 1960s, the service was becoming ever shorter and European rail travel less stylish. However, in its prime, the Orient Express provided a much-needed luxury service that managed to cross borders and overcome national interests and rivalries. The Orient Express traces the history of the service, from its glamorous beginnings, its popularity with European royalty and heads of state, to its demise in the age of postwar austerity, the Cold War and cheaper air travel. Subsequently revived on a limited scale using some restored original train cars, the mythos of the Orient Express lives on. Illustrated with outstanding black-and-white photographs, many of them seldom seen, The Orient Express offers an intriguing portrait of the birth, heyday, decline – and limited rebirth – of luxury train travel throughout Europe.

Format: 297 x 227mm pb
Extent: 112pp
Word count: 35,000
Illustrations: 100 photos and artworks
ISBN: 9781782746027

Anthony Burton

Anthony Burton has written more than 50 books, and has presented more than 30 TV and radio documentaries. His work focuses on the history of technology and transport, including subjects as diverse as canals, the Industrial Revolution, shipbuilding and rail transport.

‘Much fuller account… of the social and political history of the train’

The Telegraph [London]

‘the history of the Orient Express’

The Man in Seat Sixty-One

ISBN: 9781782746027 pb

ISBN: 9781782746331 pb [US & Can edition]

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