Cover Wes Anderson inside the Cygnus carriage on board The British Pullman, A Belmond Train (Photo: Courtesy of Belmond)

The British Pullman, A Belmond Train, enlisted Wes Anderson to design one of its 1950s carriages — and the result is very Wes Anderson

The Cygnus carriage on board the The British Pullman, a Belmond Train, has had a cinematic makeover in an exclusive design partnership with filmmaker, Wes Anderson. 

True to Anderson's Art Nouveau style, the design of the 1950s train carriage is brilliantly kitsch with clashing patterns and vintage-inspired design elements including marquetry, a silver-leaf ceiling and plush textiles. Met with Anderson's love of symmetry and immaculate knack for framing, the result is a space that could easily be plucked from one of Anderson's whimsical, otherworldly film sets. 

The Texas-born director is famed for films including The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and most recently The French Dispatch.

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“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," says Anderson, who has been known to jump at the opportunity to incorporate train compartments in his movie sets. "[I was] very eager to make something new while also participating in the process of preservation which accompanies all the classic Belmond train projects.”

Cygnus, like all carriages on board The British Pullman, can be booked for a day excursion which includes dining. The carriage also includes two private ‘coupés’, offering what the company describes as an ‘elevated guest experience’ for up to four people. Or, go all out and hire the entire carriage for up to 26 people.

The British Pullman departs from London’s Victoria railway station, where the Train Manager greets guests with priority boarding and ensures free flowing champagne is available throughout the journey.

Find out how you can book the Wes Anderson designed Cygnus carriage on board The British Pullman, A Belmond Train, here

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