By Katie Wilson
Ever dreamed of stepping inside into a Wes Anderson film? Hopping aboard a Wes Anderson train could be the next best thing.
In a tribute to the Golden Age of cinema and travel, the legendary film director has designed a luxury train carriage for Belmond British Pullman.
The result is an Art Deco inspired masterpiece with a pastel pink ceiling, wood panelling and green furnishings, which could be straight out of one of his movies.
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The Grand Budapest Hotel director, whose latest film The French Dispatch hits cinemas later this month, revealed he has always loved trains. His movie The Darjeeling Limited is mostly set on a train.
Speaking about the design collaboration with Belmond, Anderson said: ‘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 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.’
The train Anderson has designed in his dream-like way is the 1950s Cygnus carriage, named after the Greek God of Balance and often personified as a swan.
This can be seen everywhere from the swan-shaped champagne coolers to the meticulously positioned silver leaf on the ceiling which reflects like the ripples of water.
As well as space for 26 passengers, there is also space for two privatecoupés which each seat four people.
The train leaves from London’s Victoria Station and travels on day trips and weekend breaks within the UK.
From the moment the train pulls off, staff ensure free flowing champagne is available throughout the journey.
Contemporary British menus are served on special crockery, with additional flourishes from British Pullman’s Head Chef and exclusive cocktails served in glassware only available in the private coupé.
British Pullman offers a host of luxury day trips throughout the year from London Victoria Station. The Wes Anderson train starts from £400 per person, while private coupés start from £1,800.
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