Wes Anderson Designed a 1950s Train Carriage That You Can Travel On

published Oct 18, 2021
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Wes Anderson sitting on green seat in train he designed
Credit: Belmond

It’s hard not to fall in love with the whimsical sets and scenes in Wes Anderson films. His aesthetic relies on bright antique color palettes, art deco architecture, and symmetry — it’s believable fantasy. So when Anderson was asked by luxury travel company Belmond to help design a 1950s-era British Pullman train carriage, he made it look like it was pulled from the universe of “The Darjeeling Limited”. 

And the train car is now ready for you to take a ride.

Credit: FOX Searchlight
A still from Wes Anderson's film "The Darjeeling Limited"

“I have often had the chance to invent train compartments and carriages in my movies,” Anderson told Belmond. “So 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. An endangered species of travel which is nevertheless very suited to our time.”

Anderson respected the original design of the Cygnus carriage he was tasked to redecorate but sprinkled a bit of his movie magic into the mixture. The pink ceiling perfectly complements the green upholstery and the angular wood inlay designs pop amid their brass frames.

It’s bold, yet soft. Detailed, yet not distracting. Everything in the space works in harmony to create a feeling of warm nostalgia.

The carriage is now available to book seating in so that you can experience the feeling of being a character in a Wes Anderson movie roaming the rails across England. You can book a murder mystery luncheon, a formal dinner hosted by a guest chef, or an afternoon soaking in the scenery outside and design inside all at once. Head over to Belmond’s website to learn more about booking your Wes Anderson-inspired train ride and start honing your quirky character tropes now so you’re ready to go when the time comes.