Eastern and Oriental Express

Eastern And Oriental Express

Eastern and Oriental Express

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The Eastern & Oriental Express carries passengers in luxury between Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. The train travels through dense rainforests and towering mountains past golden temples; rubber plantations and fields of frangiapani, tapioca, sunflowers and mango orchards; and remote towns and villages. It has been awarded a place on the World's Top 25 Trains list by The Society of International Railway Travelers for its exceptional beauty, service, dining and off-train experiences.

It used to run between Singapore's Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (runs from Woodlands Train Checkpoint since 1 July 2011 onwards) and Hua Lamphong, Bangkok, stopping at Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Butterworth and Kanchanaburi, taking three days (two nights). Since 2007, the train has also travelled between Bangkok and Vientiane, the capital city of Laos.

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This luxury train was first built in Japan in 1972 and operated as the Silver Star in New Zealand. Then 24 of the 31 carriages were sold to Orient-Express Hotels, and regauged from New Zealand's 1067 mm gauge to 1000 mm gauge for Thai and Malaysian railway lines by A & G Price, of Thames. An extensive internal rebuild and fit-out plus exterior painting and badging was undertaken by the new owners at their (then) newly-constructed maintenance depot on KTMB land in Singapore's Keppel Road rail yards. The design of the remodelling was by GĂ©rard Gallet, the man behind much of the design and refurbishment of...
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