<!-- Image with inadequate rationale removed: -->The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
is a private luxury train service that travels from London to Venice that is popularly referred to as the Orient Express
The original company was founded by James Sherwood
of Kentucky, USA, in 1982; five years earlier, in 1977, he had bought two of the original carriages at auction when the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits
withdrew from the Orient Express service, passing the service on to the national railways of France, Germany, and Austria. Over the next few years, Sherwood spent a total of $
16 million purchasing 35 sleeper, restaurant and Pullman
carriages. On 25 May 1982, the first London
run was made.
It is currently owned by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd.
The company owns 50 luxury hotels, restaurants, tourist trains and river cruises in 24 countries.
Orient Express today
VSOE runs services today to eight major destinations in Europe between March and November:
The VSOE has separate carriages for use in the UK and for continental Europe, but all of the same vintage (mostly dating from the 1920s and 1930s). Passengers are conveyed across the English Channel by coach on the Eurotunnel
shuttle through the Channel Tunnel
. Whereas restored Pullman
carriages are used in the UK, in continental Europe restored dark blue former Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits
carriages are used. Note... Read More