Belmond provides luxury travel for commuters

Around 100 passengers in Kent were treated to a surprise on their way into work today – a trip on a luxury train.
Commuters catching the train at around 7am from Ashford International station in Kent were expecting their usual Southeastern service into London. However, what pulled up was quite different. It was a vintage Belmond Pullman locomotive, ready to provide them with an ultra-first class experience.
After taking their seats in the spacious carriages – some of which date back to the 1920s – they were served a three-course breakfast and serenaded by a vocal harmony group.
The train is the sister of the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, and normally takes leisure travellers off on trips to historic cities, major sporting fixtures and other special events, such as an afternoon tea hosted by Mary Berry.
But Belmond decided to charter it to treat commuters on the 90-minute journey passing through Charing, Maidstone, Otford and Swanley, before arriving in London Victoria.
Passengers were made up of those who were recruited on the day and people who had registered for a surprise journey in advance after Belmond ran a social media campaign.
Gary Franklin, a managing director at Belmond, said: ‘We felt commuters have had a rough ride recently, so we wanted to sprinkle some magic on the rails and do something that reminded people just how wonderful train travel can be when you have the luxury of time.’
Via: BBC News