BRUXELLES. Action Privilégiée de F100. brown, black. #150000. No 64173. The company was formed in 1876 by Georges Nagelmackers, as long-distance international rail travel became more popular. The first coaches were fairly primitive, but steadily improved to the luxury of the 1920s. The company operated its own trains, the first being the Orient Express, from 1883, and later included the St.Petersburg-Vienna-Nice Express and the Trans-Siberian Railway, which put Tokyo at only 14 days from London and Paris. It also operated a network of travel agencies, and was the first company in this field in Russia. By the mid-1920s it owned nearly 1000 sleeping-cars and over 600 restaurant-cars. Moreover, it was closely involved in building and operating a chain of high-quality hotels in cities served by the express trains, but lacking adequate hotels for its upmarket passengers. An example is the Pera Palace, Istanbul.
Date: 15 May 1925
Startprice: € 50