Vintage Train Travel with Orient Express

Vintage Train Travel with Orient Express

Ready to board the British Pullman

The umber and cream liveried carriages of the iconic British Pullman calmly drew into the bustle of London Victoria.  The chatter on Platform 2 grew measurably louder, a sense of anticipation filling the air as smiling stewards, in crisp white uniforms alighted and welcomed the passengers, directing them to their carriages. 

Your carriage awaits…

A glance at my ‘Invitation to Board’, encased in a plush leather wallet, led me down the platform and almost the full length of the pristine train to ‘Zena’ our carriage for a luncheon trip through the glorious Kent countryside.   As we settled into beautifully upholstered armchairs the guard gave a shrill blast on his whistle, the British Pullman pulled away and  transported us back to a time of elegance, glamour and quiet sophistication. The crystal glasses on the immaculately set table softly clinked and the wooden interior creaked slightly as the train rolled along the tracks. As I sipped my Bellini I couldn’t help but smile – how much more genteel was this than the journey to London on Southern Rail that morning… (more…)