ON THIS DAY: 4 OCTOBER 1883: Orient Express on its first journey

 

The Orient Express departs on its first official journey from Paris to Instanbul; It was a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883 by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL).

It’s routes changed many times with several routes in the past concurrently used the Orient Express name, or slight variations. Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name became synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most prominently associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Constantinople (Istanbul)

Illustration is a one of the first promotional posters, so much detail!

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