(GMT)16 FEB 2017 CHA3ER:
Interesting article about the Blue Train.
The Blue Train ran from the Gare de Lyon to Ventimiglia or Sanremo in Italy, but Nice was the principal destination and appeared as below.
The poster is Lady killer: the dust jacket of The Mystery of the Blue Train, 1928.
'The first is taking possession of your sleeping compartment, accommodation described as a “little den” in TS Eliot’s in Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat. For the perfect romantic break, a €50 supplement secures two people sole occupation of a four-berth couchette, thereby recreating the erotic possibilities of the old W-L compartments, which were usually two-berths. (The racy image of the night trains was established in 1925, when Maurice Dekobra’s bestseller The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars was published. It features a femme fatale called Lady Diana Wyndham, who is determined to find “the imbecile who will cater to my whims and ripen in my safe deposit box some golden apples from the garden of the Hesperides”.)
Perhaps equip yourselves with a picnic, duplicating the railway “dinner basket” that Ada Mason purchases in Agatha Christie’s novel The Mystery of the Blue Train