Telegraph Blogs – Petroc Trelawny: The Orient Express reaches the buffers

The world’s most famous train finally stops running on Monday. While the new European railway timetable brings speedier journeys for Kent commuters, it also consigns the Orient Express to the history books. Not the Venice-bound tourist service that offers an expensive fantasy of teak, crystal, white damask and black-tie dinners, but the real Orient Express, the train that started running from Paris to Constantinople back in 1883.