Wes Anderson has an almost magical ability to be always around and always relevant. Despite being the byword for kooky other-worldliness, we’re desperate to escape into his creations and the universes he creates. And now we can, because he’s just designed a train. Which itself feels like a peak Wes Anderson thing to do!

It’s the latest in the current onslaught of Wes Anderson-obilia, like the new exhibition coming to London at 180 Studios, and is cleverly timed to keep the director’s new film, The French Dispatch, at the forefront of our memories. Set in a fictional French city Ennui-sur-Blase in the 20th century the cast includes Tilda Swinton and Timothee Chalamet as well as familiar Anderson collaborators Owen Wilson and Bill Murray. And Belmond’s brand new railway carriage is how you’d expect them to arrive.

The train, well, carriage, which pulls out of Victoria Station today for the very first time tomorrow (Wednesday 13th October) is part of the Belmond’s British Pullman train. The luxury train, by the people that own the Orient Express as well as some of the loveliest hotels in the world, has been given an Anderson once-over and the result is just as spectacular as you’d imagine.

Govia Thameslink it ain't...

The design is, effectively, a film set on wheels. Evoking the golden age of travel in the filmmaker’s typical palate it’s gorgeous. Govia Thameslink it ain’t.

Compartments, or coupes, on the carriage can be booked for up to four guests and include  ‘360 degree carefully handcrafted marquetry’. The carriage, named Cygnus, carries a swan theme throughout the decor, from swan-shaped champagne coolers, to the motif carried throughout the panelling and in the silver leaf ceiling.

It's not the first time that Wes Anderson has designed railway carriages...

It’s not the first time that Wes Anderson has designed railway carriages, with trains making appearances in many of his films. Not least The Darjeeling Limited, which is almost exclusively based onboard a train, as well as a key scene in Hotel Budapest.

Speaking at the launch, Anderson revealed ‘I love trains! I have often had the chance to invent train compartments and carriages in my movies – so I was immediately pleased to say “yes” to this real-life opportunity and very eager to make something new while also participating in the process of preservation which accompanies all the classic Belmond train projects.

‘They are keeping something special alive – igniting this endangered species of travel into a new golden era.’

Fittingly, given Wes Anderson's middle name is Wales, the carriage's first trip will be to Cardiff...

Passengers can enjoy a contemporary British menu, served on bespoke crockery, from British Pullman’s Head Chef. Meanwhile Champagne will be free flowing. As, of course, you’d expect for £400 per person or £1,800 per compartment.

Fittingly, given Wes Anderson’s middle name is Wales, the carriage’s first trip will be to Cardiff…

Book a ticket here…


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