All aboard a 1950s-style carriage inspired by the movies of Wes Anderson.
Roll up! Roll up! Tickets are going for a seat aboard the new luxurious Wes Anderson train, and you can take a ride from London. Everybody is invited, so long as you have a spare £400 lying around…
With trains journeys anywhere seemingly rising in price all the bloody time, Wes fanatics may find this bill perfectly reasonable — and let’s be honest: you can’t say that your train from Dublin to Cork has been kitted out by a world-famous movie director, can you?
He’s added various touches of class to a train that you can jump on at Victoria station in London to be whisked away into his weird and wonderful world. In collaboration with luxury travel company Belmond, the director has worked to create a bespoke carriage on the British Pullman train. Initially, the Cygnus carriage was reserved for visiting heads of state.
Speaking to Wallpaper, 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.
“[I was] very eager to make something new while also participating in the process of preservation which accompanies all the classic Belmond train projects.”
As this is the Wes Anderson we’re talking about, you can be sure to expect plenty of bold colours and symmetrical designs filling the carriage. Plus, as the Cygnus carriage’s name derives from a Milky Way constellation with a Latin name meaning “swan”, the wood panelling will feature a theme of stars, clouds and waves; touched off with swan-shaped Champagne cooler on each table.
While many of us (me included) will have to settle for a ~£10 viewing of The French Dispatch at the cinema from October 22, those with that £400 going begging are very much in for a glorious ride! For that much, you’ll get a full day’s excursion including dining, but the offers don’t stop there. It’s £1,800 for a couple’s ticket, or if you’re feeling very adventurous (and rich), you can just book out the entire carriage. Because why not, eh?
Book your spot on the train ride of a lifetime here.