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Top 3 Luxury trains in the the world

Last year we published a post all about the train restaurant car and what happened to it - Whilst doing the research for that article we came across photos of amazing train carriage interiors which we haven’t had a chance to sort through until now.

So to help recover from christmas we decided this was a good time to revel in a bit of train based opulence and pick the 3 most luxurious trains in the world!

Royal Scotsman, Scotland

Royal Scotsman -Train Interior

The Royal Scotsman is a luxury train service which despite first appearances was only actually started in 1985 (It’s now apparently owned by the Louis Vuitton group who bought it in 2018!)

The train in this case refers to the collection of luxury carriages usually towed by a diesel locomotive (so points deducted for that!) - but what lovely carriages they are!

Hosting only 36 passengers you can go on 7 night journeys around the Scottish Highlands or, once a year, around the whole of Great Britain.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe

Venice Simplon -Orient -Express -Interior

We couldn’t do a post about luxury trains without mentioning the Orient Express.

The original Orient Express was started in 1883 finally ending trading in 2009 being forced out of business partially because of high speed trains and cheap airlines.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express was started by a hospitality and leisure company called Belmond Ltd. in 1982 as a private venture, using restored carriages from the 1920’s and 30’s.  Due to their success with this venture the company went on to also create a similar luxury train route between Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand calling it the Eastern and Oriental Express.

Seven Stars, Kyushu, Japan

Seven Stars -Interior

The newest of our 3 luxury sleeper trains is Japan’s Seven Stars which made it first journey in 2013.

The carriage’s beautiful interiors and decor are the work of renowned industrial designer and illustrator Eiji Mitooka who insisted that everything was custom made for the train including the seating, lighting fixtures and hand basins.

This have helped give the Seven Stars the reputation of the world’s most Luxurious train with competition so fierce for trips that you have to enter a lottery for tickets!

Photo Credits: Luxury Train Club

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By Stuart Paterson at 15 Dec 2021, 00:00 AM