Nagelmackers invited journalists and others to take the first official journey from Paris to Istanbul and to witness the train’s luxurious accommodations. To prove that his train was the best, Nagelmackers placed old, worn-out Pullman trains cars on an adjacent track at Paris’s Gare de Strasbourg, demonstrating the stark difference between the two locomotives. Once the passengers got on board, they were delighted by the decadence, feeling as though they had entered a ritzy hotel. They found the cars decorated with detailed wooden paneling, beautiful leather armchairs and silk sheets for their beds. The trip took around 80 hours to complete.
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