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aboard With the release of glossy, photographic compendium Orient Express: The Legend of Travel this month, Kari Colmans gets the inside track on everything from the décor to the debauchery

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hese days, with planes running like buses and traffic jams around every corner, it’s hard to imagine a golden age of travel when the journey was as exciting, if not more so, than the destination. But in an era defined by its trains, planes and automobiles, and the titillation of liberation and luxury, the illustrious Orient Express, known as the king of trains and the train of kings, set the stage for as many fantasies as it did real-life escapades of the rich, glamorous and notorious. Brainchild of Belgian engineer and businessman Georges Nagelmackers, the first Orient Express ran from Paris to Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) in October 1883, passing through ten countries in just 76 hours. The first luxury sleeper and restaurant train that linked East and West, it carried the day’s glitterati through the great

European capitals of Vienna, Venice, Milan and Budapest, fuelling a brash, carefree, and utterly new ‘what happens on the Orient Express, stays on the Orient Express’ attitude. In celebration of the unique design, engineering innovation and celebrity the Orient Express came to personify, Assouline has released a new book this month titled Orient Express: The Legend of Travel, which documents all that went on once the carriage doors closed. Nagelmackers was one of the first of his generation to place much importance on the integration of design and engineering, making ‘travel an experience and speed a challenge’, The Legend of Travel’s author Sixtine Dubly writes.

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