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20-3344-1
Orient Express
Premier
2008 Volume 1 Catalog (db)

2-3-1 Pacific Steam Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0 (Hi-Rail Wheels) -Orient Express

In the late 1800s, train travel across Europe was a messy affair. At each national border, passengers got off one train, walked across the border, and climbed aboard another. Like George Pullman in the United States, Belgian George Nagelmackers dreamed of something better: a rolling hotel in which travelers could sleep, eat, and relax from one end of their journey to the other. In 1883, the Orient Express made the dream a reality: a single train from Paris to Romania (and within a few years, from Paris to Istanbul), with rolling stock supplied by Nagelmackers' Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits et Grandes Express Europeens ("wagon-lit" being French for sleeping car). Only the locomotives were changed as the Orient Express rolled across no less than seven national borders on its three-day journey.

From 1889 to 1977, with interruptions
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