Belmond’s new Cygnus carriage features two new private coupés that can be exclusively booked for four guests
American film director Wes Anderson has collaborated with Belmond to redesign a carriage on its British Pullman train.
The art deco-inspired Cygnus carriage has been given a modern overhaul by the director best known for films including The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Darjeeling Limited and, most recently, The French Dispatch – while still retaining its 1950s origins.
It now features Anderson’s signature symmetrical lines, ‘unique’ colour palettes and an art nouveau style, as well as two new private coupés, which can be exclusively booked for up to four guests.
Anderson said: “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.
“[I was] very eager to make something new while also participating in the process of preservation which accompanies all the classic Belmond train projects. They are keeping something special alive; igniting this endangered species of travel into a new golden era.”
The Cygnus carriage is named after the Greek god of balance, who is often represented by a white swan. Reference to the myth can be found throughout the design, with intricate waves and swan detailing in the marquetry, a silver leaf on the ceiling that reflects like water and swan-shaped champagne coolers.
Guests in the carriage’s new private coupés will be greeted by the train manager at London Victoria and enjoy unlimited champagne, contemporary British menus from British Pullman’s head chef and cocktails will be served in glassware exclusive to the area.
Guests can also travel in the open carriage as part of the regular Pullman experience or choose to book the entire carriage for groups of up to 26 people
Arnaud Champenois, senior vice president of brand and marketing, added: “At Belmond we are custodians of timeless heritage. We are always seeking new ways to remain relevant and create new legendary adventures.
It is our mission to keep the travel dreams alive by collaborating with the most creative talents, who share our passion for design and craftsmanship, and it has been a privilege to work with Wes Anderson who is one of the most captivating storytellers in the world and a true legend.”
British Pullman, A Luxury Train, England, offers a host of day journeys throughout the year from London Victoria Station. ‘Pullman Dining by Wes Anderson’ starts from £400 (US$542) per person. The ‘Pullman coupé by Wes Anderson’ experience starts from £1,800 (US$2,437) per coupé. The full carriage hire price is available on request. For more information, visit www.belmond.com/trains/europe/uk/belmond-british-pullman