13 Orient Express carriages back in France


‘Murder on The Orient Express’ or is it ‘The Mystery of the Blue Train?

For those who have, and those who wish they had, travelled on this iconic Orient Express, little is known about the company Compagnie des Wagons-Lits (CIWL) that operated this and hundreds of other trains. They started back in the late 1800s and are still operating today.

There are over three hundred of CIWL’s blue coloured carriages sitting all over Europe and beyond.

It was a teak built CIWL restaurant car that was used by the French and Germans for the signing of the Armistice in November 1918.

Only a few weeks ago some thirteen of these carriages that once formed part of the Nostalgie Istanbul Orient Express were moved by low-loader from the Polish Belorussian border to Clermont Ferrand here in France for restoration.

There has been a large following by those interested in this period of railway history for many years.

Following on the demise of the Wagons-Lits Society and others, a new group is about to release the first of their CIWL dedicated newsletters which will deal with all aspects of these trains, their movements, where to find and ride on them, film reviews, book reviews and night trains in Europe.

The first edition will be in a pdf format and anyone who would like to receive a copy should contact Chris Elliott at christopher.elliott@club-internet.fr

Chris Elliott and Eric Duvoskeldt are the joint authors of the book ‘Night Ferry 1936 – 1980’ with French and English parallel text.