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Pictured: Belmond British Pullman train car redesigned by film director Wes Anderson

The Belmond British Pullman is one of the most distinctive trains in the world, but even more so now, because one of its carriages has been redesigned by legendary film director Wes Anderson.

Known for his characteristic symmetrical lines, unique color palettes and Art Nouveau style, the director has reinvented the Pullman carriage called the Cygnus, which features two private coupes. [compartments].

Belmond It says the redesign, unveiled today and a permanent fixture on Britain’s Pullman, pays “homage to both the golden age of film and travel.”

Film director Wes Anderson, pictured above in his Cygnus carriage reimagined

Film director Wes Anderson, pictured above in his Cygnus carriage reimagined

The carriage’s first public outing will be this Wednesday, October 13, on a journey from London Victoria Station to Cardiff.

Do you want to go? Tickets for Wes Anderson’s carriage start at £ 400 per person, while prices start at £ 1,800 per coupe for the coupe experience.

The redesign coincides with the premiere of The French office, Anderson’s last movie. Set in an American newspaper outpost in Ennui-sur-Blase, a fictional 20th-century French town, it has a star-studded cast, with the likes of Tilda Swinton and Timothee Chalamet appearing alongside Anderson’s former collaborators Bill. Murray and Owen Wilson.

Trains have had roles both large and small in Anderson’s films: The Darjeeling Limited (2007) follows three brothers on a train journey through India, and a train is the setting for a key scene in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). ).

Anderson says of the opening: ‘I love trains! I have often had the opportunity to invent train and wagon compartments in my films, so I was immediately pleased to say “yes” to this real life opportunity and was very eager to do something new and at the same time participate in the process. of preservation that accompanies all. the classic Belmond train projects.

“ They keep something special alive – igniting this endangered species of journey into a new golden age. ”

Belmond says the filmmaker’s redesign pays homage to “both the golden age of film and travel.” In the photo appears the open car

'Pullman Dining by Wes Anderson' in the open carriage, pictured, costs from £ 400 per person

'Pullman Dining by Wes Anderson' in the open carriage, pictured, costs from £ 400 per person

The Cygnus carriage, pictured, can be fully booked for groups of up to 26 people.

The Cygnus carriage, pictured, can be fully booked for groups of up to 26 people.

‘Pullman Dining by Wes Anderson’ in the open carriage, pictured, costs from £ 400 per person, and the carriage can be fully booked for groups of up to 26 guests

When it comes to décor, Anderson sought to balance the historic preservation of the Art Deco-inspired carriage with elements of modern design, according to Belmond.

Each Pullman carriage is said to have a unique origin story. The Cygnus carriage is named after the Greek god of balance, who is often personified as a white swan.

A tribute to the ‘majestic swan,’ Belmond says detailed references to the classical myth can be found throughout the design ‘in the intricate waves and swan details in the marquetry. [inlaid woodwork]’.

Anderson says he was eager to participate “in the conservation process that accompanies all of Belmond’s classic train projects.” Pictured is the British Pullman gliding across the field.

The redesign of the Belmond Pullman car coincides with the premiere of Anderson's latest offering for the big screen, The French Dispatch.  Pictured above is Anderson's longtime collaborator Bill Murray in a scene from the film.

The redesign of the Belmond Pullman car coincides with the premiere of Anderson's latest offering for the big screen, The French Dispatch.  Pictured above is Anderson's longtime collaborator Bill Murray in a scene from the film.

The redesign of the Belmond Pullman car coincides with the premiere of Anderson’s latest offering for the big screen, The French Dispatch. Pictured above is Anderson’s longtime collaborator Bill Murray in a scene from the film.

Released this week, The French Dispatch takes place at an American newspaper outpost in Ennui-sur-Blase, a fictional 20th-century French town.

Released this week, The French Dispatch takes place at an American newspaper outpost in Ennui-sur-Blase, a fictional 20th-century French town.

Released this week, The French Dispatch takes place at an American newspaper outpost in Ennui-sur-Blase, a fictional 20th-century French town.

Passengers will notice ‘the meticulously placed silver leaf’ on the roof of the carriage, while the swan-shaped champagne coolers rest on the dining room tables.

The coupes, which can be reserved for up to four people, feature “carefully crafted 360-degree marquetry.” Passengers will be greeted by the train manager in London Victoria, who will guide them through priority boarding and ensure that the champagne flows freely throughout the train journey.

Guests in the private coupe will be treated to a “contemporary British menu” served on special tableware, with “additional decorations from British Pullman’s head chef.”

Passengers in private coupes, one of which is pictured, will notice 'the meticulously placed silver leaf' on the roof of the car

Passengers in private coupes, one of which is pictured, will notice 'the meticulously placed silver leaf' on the roof of the car

Passengers in private coupes, one of which is pictured, will notice ‘the meticulously placed silver leaf’ on the roof of the car

Anderson sought to balance the historic preservation of the Art Deco-inspired carriage with elements of modern design, according to Belmond.

Anderson sought to balance the historic preservation of the Art Deco-inspired carriage with elements of modern design, according to Belmond.

Swan-shaped champagne coolers rest on the dining tables in the private coupes, pictured

Swan-shaped champagne coolers rest on the dining tables in the private coupes, pictured

Anderson sought to balance the historic preservation of the Art Deco-inspired carriage with elements of modern design, according to Belmond. Swan-shaped champagne coolers rest on the dining tables in the private coupes, pictured

Belmond promises that passengers can also enjoy ‘signature’ cocktails, served in ‘glassware only available in the private coupe’.

Those riding the open carriage can take advantage of the regular Pullman experience, though the Cygnus can also be fully booked for groups of up to 26 guests.

Arnaud Champenois, Senior Vice President of Brand and Marketing at Belmond, says: ‘At Belmond, we are custodians of a timeless heritage. We are always looking for new ways to stay relevant and create new legendary adventures. Our mission is to keep dreams of travel alive by collaborating with the most creative talents, who share our passion for design and crafts.

“It has been a privilege to work with Wes Anderson, who is one of the most engaging storytellers in the world and a true legend.”

British Pullman – A Luxury Train, offers a variety of day trips throughout the year from London Victoria Station. ‘Pullman Dining by Wes Anderson’ starts from £ 400 per person. Wes Anderson’s ‘Pullman Coupe’ starts from £ 1,800 per coupe. The full price of the carriage rental is available upon request. To book or get more information visit belmond.com.

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