Wednesday, September 5, 2012


A rail journey fit for a king: Paris commuter train has 
carriages transformed to resemble rooms
from the Palace of Versailles
Few commuters in Britain would describe their train journey to and from work as a pleasant experience.
Passengers have become used to overcrowded carriages, not to mention finding discarded newspapers, sweet wrappers
 or worse on the seats.
But some lucky commuters in France enjoy an altogether different ride, as these amazing pictures show.
Lavish: A commuter train serving Paris in France has been decorated in the colours of the Palace of Versailles in an impressive project
Incredible: The refurbishments mean that the train's carriages resemble rooms from the royal palace
A train on the main rapid transit system in Paris, the RER, has undergone a dramatic refurbishment - to resemble the 
rooms of a royal palace.
The train carries the colours of the Palace of Versailles , which was once the centre of political power in France .
And passengers who take a journey on the RER C line between the Palace, which is 20 kilometres south-west of Paris , 
and the centre of the capital do so in lavish surroundings.
Ornate paintings and golden sculptures line the aisles and even the ceilings are intricately designed. Other attractive 
improvements include the creation of a mock library in one of the carriages.
The refurbishments are designed to evoke memories of seven different areas of the royal chateau and its grounds, 
including the Hall of Mirrors, the Gallery of Battles and Marie-Antoniette's estate. The changes, which were funded 
by the Palace of Versailles , involved layering the interior walls of the train with a high-tech plastic film.
The refurbishments were carried out thanks to a deal between officials at the palace and rail operator SNCF. 
Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris, 
until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 during the French Revolution.
Striking: An image of a statue from the palace grounds looks down on passengers
Splendid: Ornate images can be found on the back of comfortable seats
Colourful: Giant scenes from Versailles have transformed the appearance of the train, which runs on one of Paris 's 
main commuter routes
Enormous: Branches sprawl across the ceiling of the carriage in this huge painting
Powerful imagery: The train carries the colours of the Palace of Versailles, which was once the centre of political power in France
Beauty: A golden statue is reflected in a glass mirror on the train
Reflections: The refurbishments are designed to evoke memories of seven different areas of the royal chateau and its grounds
Booking details: Passengers can take their place alongside an amazing display which resembles a library
Vibrant: A once-dull door on the train has been transformed with bright red and pink colours
Facelift: The changes, which were funded by the Palace of Versailles, are the result of a deal between officials at the palace 
and rail operator SNCF
Swirls: Another decorative ceiling design based on furnishings from the Palace of Versailles
Unexpected: The exterior of the train gives few clues to the incredible displays found inside


  1. This is just SO amazing Chris. Beautiful photos. Sure beats my latest train-ride here in SOz with all the graffiti, scratched glass etc.
    Am thinking that to travel in this luxurious environment, you'd have to be paying for it? i.e. not just the normal, day to day, commute? but maybe not... Thanks for sharing :-) Cheers, Catherine.

    1. I would love this also... I used to love the carriages years ago, leather seats, tiny washbasins that folded away, sliding doors to each 'cabin'...I loved going on long train rides. As for suburban trains now, well, there's always a bus...

    2. Yep Chris :-) ... you've sure brought back some delightful memories...e.g. My first trip from Adelaide to Melbourne on "The Overland" was with mum, friend Margaret & her mum to see Dame Margot Fonteyn dance. I was about 9 years of age and we shared a "sleeper".

  2. Ooh I so want to do this! I have visions of hunting this train down if we ever get back to Paris. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Isn't it beautiful, I hope it doesn't get trashed... probably the closest thing to living in a palace.


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