Do you remember Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express”? It was written (and filmed) a long time ago and maybe the mysterious murder took place in a train just like the one at the photos in this gallery. The luxury train of some past times was launched by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL) back in 1883, and today stands dormant in Belgium, forgotten even by Hercule Poirot.
A Rotterdam-based urban photographer who goes by the name of Brian is the person responsible for keeping this legendary train out of complete oblivion in a form intriguing photographs of the Grand Orient Express which last trip was in December of 2009. This train is one of just a few remain trains of the kind. One of them, for example, had a bit more dignified retirement; it was repurposed into hotel suites in Venice-Simplon Orient Express.
The Orient Express was a great discovery of urban explorer and photographer and inspired him deeply: “When I step into an abandoned site it feels like stepping into a time machine. I try to feel the emotions of it’s past and that is what I want to show in my pictures,” Brian writes on his website. “When people are looking at my work and raise a question about the “what, why, when” then I feel I have succeeded.”
Check out the piece of history in the gallery below.