Between myth and reality, the museum ensemble of the Grand Curtius puts the spotlight on the Orient Express, whose origin is in Liege.
While a remake of the film inspired by the detective novel of Agatha Christie is presented on all the screens of the world this winter, the city of Liege, in Belgium, is in the spotlight. Its exhibition « The Orient Express in the Grand Curtius collections » showcases the overlooked story of the Wagons-Lits railway company, founded in 1870 by Georges Nagelmackers, a native of Liege.
The Grand Curtius, last stop of the Orient-Express
Inspired by the American Pullman model, the business man started by developing his company in Belgium, before launching it in France, then all over Europe in order to make available to travelers a means of transportation with very comfortable compartments, one of which is dedicated to a dining room wheels, wihtout forgetting the famous sleeper cars.
The golden age of train travel, from Agatha Christie to James Bond
At the museum, the golden age of the Orient-Express is still a dream come true. Here we can admire posters, books, ashtrays, brass luggage racks, scale models, lalique panels, the reconstitution of a wagon, a numbered monogram, as well as a revolver used in a scene From Russia with Love, part of the James Bond saga. All great reasons to book a ticket and hop on board this legendary train !