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Based on Orient-Express’ photographic archive, authors Eva Gravayat and Arthur Mettetal present key documents, many of which are shown for the first time, offering a retrospective look at Orient Express and its inspiration to artists and writers. While Agatha Christie's famous novel, Murder on the Orient-Express (1934), cemented its legendary status in history, the train's behind-the-scenes happenings are equally as fascinating.

Unpublished Series



In June 1950, American photographer Jack Birns and journalist Roy Rowan traveled on the Simplon-Orient-Express for Life magazine. Now, with the release of Orient-Express & Co, unpublished images from the magazine's feature will be made public, including landscapes, station stops and passengers on board.


The book highlights numerous advertisements revealing the great refinement found aboard the train, from the service and tableware to decoration and unmatched standards.


The Orient-Express has served as a backdrop for major historical events, in addition to hosting kings, celebrities of the arts and dignitaries on board. Its historic legend continues to live on today.


The history of Orient-Express is one of savoir-faire, created by artisans who worked in the shadows to create a reference of luxury.

Also Found in the Book

Photographs of exquisite luggage tags from various International Sleeping Car Company trains. Printed in colour, the tags span the 1920s-1930s.