India now has its own version of the revamped Orient Express.
DELHI, INDIA 28-29 SEPTEMBER/ 1-2 OCTOBER, 1982 (VISNEWS)
GV Luxury train in siding
CU Plaque on train dated 1855
Background: India now has its own version of the revamped Orient Express. The Western Railway's Palace on Wheels has twelve coaches, each with its own history. All have been restored to their original splendour and equipped with 20th Century amenities for the comfort of tourists who wish to travel in style. Car numbers 7S, for instance, was built in 1935, at the Bhavnagar Shops for the use of the Bhavnagar State Railway manager. When the state's Railway was merged with the Saurashtra Railway, the coach was given identification number seven, which the Western Railway changed in turn to 7S. The carriage's ornamental ceiling and teak wall panelling singled it out for exclusive use by Indian railway officials. Carriages built in Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur, are all differently adorned with richly patterned carpets, and glittering chandeliers. Wealthy tourists with a penchant for nostalgia were welcomed on board by Railway Minister Ghani Khan Choudhary on Inauguration Day, October 1. During its first six-month-schedule, the train will complete 13 three night-long return journeys from Delhi via Jaipur and Agra, and an equal number of seven-night-long journeys, out of Delhi, via an additional four Indian cities.