Wes Anderson designed a luxury train car that’ll travel around the UK for almost $550 per ride – see inside

The train traveling through a grassy area
The British Pullman train. Belmond
  • Luxury travel group Belmond has unveiled a Wes Anderson-designed carriage in one of its trains.
  • Tickets in the carriage start at $US545 ($AU730) per person and $US2,455 ($AU3,289) for one of the two private coupes.
  • Belmond has noticed “huge pent-up demand” for its trains and is expecting an “extremely busy” 2022.

Luxury travel group Belmond is bringing filmmaker Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited” to life with an Anderson-designed carriage aboard one of its trains.
Wes Anderson looking away from the camera as he sits in the Cygnus carriage
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
Luxury train travel is currently a “hot product,” Eleanor Hardy, a travel advisor and president at The Society of International Railway Travelers, told Barbara Peterson for Conde Nast Traveler.
A set table on the Cygnus carriage as the train moves
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
And so far, Belmond has benefited from this rise in luxury train popularity.
Glassware on tables between chairs on the train
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
The company has noticed “huge pent-up demand” with some rides selling out, Gary Franklin, Belmond’s vice president of trains and cruises, told Insider in an email statement.
Glassware on tables between chairs on the train
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
And now, Belmond is predicting an “extremely busy” 2022.
A set table on the Cygnus carriage as the train moves
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
“A luxury train offers an excellent solution for guests wishing to travel  between cities and countries without having to fly or rent a car,” Franklin said.
The Cygnus carriage with a pink paneled roof and green seats
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
In the midst of this wild demand, Belmond unveiled its new Anderson-designed Cygnus train carriage.
A set table on the Cygnus carriage as the train moves
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
The redesigned 1950s carriage is in the British Pullman, the company’s England-based train. It’s one of 11 carriages of the storied train.
The train traveling through a grassy area
The British Pullman train. Belmond
Source: Belmond

 

The new look blends the carriage’s existing Art Deco-esque design with Anderson’s “signature symmetrical lines, unique color pallets, and art nouveau style,” according to a press release.
The wall artwork of the Cygnus carriage above the seats
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
It features green seats, tablecloth-lined tables, dark wooden detailing …
The Cygnus carriage with a pink paneled roof and green seats
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
… and a pink ceiling decal that pops against the darker green and wood tones.
The Cygnus carriage with a pink paneled roof and green seats
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
“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 the press release.
The wall artwork of the Cygnus carriage above the seats
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
The carriage also has two private, more expensive coupes that can each accommodate up to four travelers.
A set table on the Cygnus carriage as the train moves
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
This more exclusive ticket comes with extra services like champagne and cocktails served in special glassware.
A set table on the Cygnus carriage as the train moves
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
The entire carriage – which can accommodate up to 26 passengers – can also be booked for a private group experience.
The wall artwork of the Cygnus carriage above the seats
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
Tickets start at $US545 ($AU730) per person.
A set table on the Cygnus carriage as the train moves
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond
This price then jumps to at least $US2,455 ($AU3,289) for one of the private coupes.
The Cygnus carriage with a pink paneled roof and green seats
The Cygnus carriage redesigned by Wes Anderson. Belmond