Road Trip 2011: Many may not know that the present day version of the famous train experience includes a series of special day trips in England. CNET climbs aboard one of the world's most luxurious trains.
Blowing off steam
LONDON--You may not know it, but the present day version of the Orient Express means a lot more than the famous train journeys between the British capital and cities like Venice or Istanbul. In fact, the famous moniker now belongs to a company that has restored many 1920s- and 1930s-era carriages and runs luxury train trips in many places, including daylong journeys in England.
As part of Road Trip 2011, CNET got an inside look at the British Pullman, one of two U.K.-only Orient Express lines. The epitome of railroad luxury, the British Pullman takes passengers from London's Victoria Station to Bristol, England, among other trips.
Here, we see the steam engine of the British Pullman shooting off a jet just after having been refilled with 6,000 gallons of water.
The Orient Express company operates cruises, hotels, train trips, and more in countries throughout the world. It's also adding new trips such as a clay-pigeon shooting journey, a Chronicles of Southeast Asia trip, and two Shopping on the Rails adventures in England.
Among the many delights of the British Pullman is what you can see out the window, including many hours' worth of British countryside, and some towns. Rivers and old churches also embellish the view from time to time.
One of the major aesthetic features of the carriages is the marquetry, exquisite designs done by members of a family that worked on such artistry for the Queen of England, the Titanic, and other clients.