Belmond Unveils Wes Anderson–Designed Train Carriage

Travelers booked on the British Pullman will be treated to an experience with a cinematic flair.

Wes Anderson inside the new-look Cygnus carriage. (All photos courtesy of Belmond)

Fans of filmmaker Wes Anderson headed for London in the coming months now have even more reason to book an excursion aboard the British Pullman, a luxury cruise train operated by Belmond. The legendary director behind films such as The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and most recently The French Dispatch was tasked with reimagining the 1950s-built Cygnus carriage. Anderson has imbued it with his signature use of symmetry, a rich color palette, and an art nouveau style while preserving the historical elements of the art deco–inspired carriage.

Anderson said in a statement, “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.” Named after the Greek god of balance who is often personified as a swan, the revamped Cygnus carriage nods to the myth through the intricate waves and swan detailing in the marquetry, while the reflective silver leaf on the ceiling alludes to water. Swan-shaped champagne coolers add to the charm.

The carriage also features two new private coupés (compartments) that can be booked for up to four guests. Contemporary British cuisine is served on special crockery, with flourishes from British Pullman’s head chef and cocktails served in glassware only available in the private coupé.

British Pullman, A Belmond Train, offers a range of day journeys throughout the year from London Victoria Station. “Pullman Dining by Wes Anderson” starts from £400 (roughly US$544) per person, while the “Pullman coupé by Wes Anderson” starts from £1,800 (US$2,450) per coupé.

More information here.

Left to right: A nostalgic nod to a bygone era; the setup for a meal inside a private coupé.

The British Pullman traveling through England’s countryside.

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