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Venice Simplon-Orient Express by BenHeine Venice Simplon-Orient Express by BenHeine
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A picture I took at Venice train station some time ago.

Read more about the "Orient Express" here below...

The above photo has been shot with the Samsung NX11,
provided by Samsung Electronics. Co., Ltd.

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The "Orient Express" Story

A landmark moment in railway history, October 1883 saw the launch of the original Orient Express. Leaving from Paris, it steamed through the Alps, Budapest and Bucharest to Constantinople.

Packed with grandees and unheard of luxuries such as soap by the washbasins, reports swiftly came back of its exquisite food, excellent wine and impeccable service.

This legendary train continued to carry kings, celebrities and shady characters between great European cities up until its 1920s heyday. Many of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express's current carriages date from this era. After World War II other forms of transport nudged it into decline. Its last service as a regular passenger train was in May 1977.

But then, a new era dawned…

The fabled luxury train was saved by entrepreneur and rail enthusiast, James B. Sherwood. In 1977 he bought two of the train's carriages at a Sotheby's auction in Monte Carlo.

The next few years and $16 million were spent locating, purchasing and restoring some 35 vintage carriages.

In May 1982 the legend was reborn when the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express made its maiden run from London to Venice.

Today, the gleaming carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train continue to transport passengers across Europe in exquisite surroundings on one of the most celebrated and romantic journeys in the world.

The world of the Orient-Express is now truly international and passengers can enjoy a similar luxury experience on board the British Pullman and Northen Belle day trains around the United Kingdom, The Royal Scotsman luxury train in the Scottish Highlands, Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train in South East Asia and the Road To Mandalay Cruise in Burma (Myanmar).
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Critique by Jeneralissimus Sep 4, 2011, 10:02:41 AM
I love this capture for many reasons. The subject matter, the Orient Express, has been a topic of fascination (thus a travel goal) for me for quite a while and I find it refreshing to see a photo of the famous railway that is true to form and colour. I feel that the use of special effects would detract from the significance of the railway itself, and Ben has tickled my appreciation by leaving the label of the carriage stark, clear, and definite which allows me to feel like I'm standing right next to the moving historical monument. I also love the use of perspective; the double yellow lines visible on the floor not only serve as a colour contrast with the body of the train, but also pays homage to the magnificent length of the train itself. Additionally, the lines seem to point the way toward a splendid adventure to be had, and underscores a feeling of movement to an otherwise still set of carriages. Finally, the figure awash by light in the background also alludes to an oncoming adventure-- perhaps embodying a gateway between the iconic past and the anticipatory future.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How fascinating railway travel is. :) 
ADotInTheUniverse Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you've been featured in my personal journal here: [link]
ADotInTheUniverse Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw the Orient Express leaving for Instambul every Wednesday at 6pm when going home from University some years ago!!!
This really made my day.
btomimatsu Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this pic!! The lighting, the angle, the bright colors of the train, and also the subject matter. Good job. :)
aeQualityPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
Everything about this photograph is perfect. The lighting, the angles that all parallel and converge [not at the center!], the man in the suit. Again, Everything. It legitimately makes me wonder what year this was taken (except for the exceptional colors, editing, etc). This is seriously a perfect shot.
SMerle Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
pure magic!
illumina-light Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
everything in this picture is so bright and shiny
nice shot :)
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent work
pablobi001 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Love it
YelloFox Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
From the description above, I take it this is a very old train. Nice... :D
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