The Real Orient Express is running in my garden:
in retrospect perhaps referring to du-bousquetaire as mr grumpy was a little unfair so do accept my apology. I travelled out of Paris est on the orient express in 1979 I think using my interrail pass. It was incredibly slow once we got past Belgrade. If I recall some Russian carriages were added to the train at some point possibly at Budapest but my memory is very vague on thisI remember that you had to step up about 9 inches at the corridor connection. Would these carriages have had their bogies swapped because of the gauge change. Be interested to hear du-bousquetaire view on thisThe current OE cruise train is trying to recreate an OE that existed only during the salad days of trans Europe luxury train travel that existed before the depression and WW2. The OE Mr Grumpy ;-) is describing is very much the train that existed in the post war years when it was really nothing more than a regional train with a glorified name plate attached. The fact that the cold war cut off the route to the "orient" and they instead redirected it to Venice says alot about what a ghost of the original train it had become.
The Simplon OE is an echo of an era long long gone. But I would love to ride it.