The filmmaker teamed up with Belmond to restore and redesign a historic train car for the legendary British Pullman
Whether he’s evoking the innocence of childhood in movies like Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom or celebrating the Golden Age of travel in The Darjeeling Limited and The Grand Budapest Hotel, filmmaker Wes Anderson has parlayed a sense of nostalgia and a skill for diorama-like details into a celebrated oeuvre. So it only makes sense that he’s joined forces with travel brand Belmond – operators of famous trains like the Venice-Simplon Orient-Express and the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice – to marry those two elements in one luxurious new offering. Beginning this October, British Pullman, A Belmond Train, England will feature a carriage that has been reimagined by the director himself.
“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,” Anderson said in a statement about the project. He added that he was both “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.”