Discover The Abandoned Orient Express Train In Belgium

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In the world of luxury travel, great railway journeys are increasingly seen as relics of a distant and elegant past. In our fast-paced modern world, the mere thought of such an adventure fills us with intrigue and captures our collective imagination – and few trains are as iconic as the Orient Express. Launched in 1883 by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL), the long-distance passenger service ceased operating in December 2009 amid growing competition from high-speed trains and budget airlines.

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Thankfully the grand train lives on as the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, a private venture by leisure company Belmond, which owns a portfolio of luxury hotels, train journeys and river cruises globally. Some of the original 1920s and ’30s rollingstock has also been retained. But as these photographs reveal, a handful of distinctive locomotives and carriages stand on rusted sidings, their beautiful forms eerily abandoned.

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