25 Amazing Photos Show the Comfortable Interior of the Blue Train in South Africa From Between the 1920s and 1950s

Found in 1923 to take passengers from Johannesburg to the ships departing from Cape Town to England. The Blue Train was introduced luxury features such as a dining saloon in 1933 and air-conditioned carriages in 1939 and has become one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world.

The Blue Train boasts butler service, two lounge cars (smoking and non-smoking), an observation car, and carriages with gold-tinted picture windows, in soundproofed, fully carpeted compartments, each featuring its own en-suite (many of which are equipped with a full-sized bathtub).

After a break in service in World War II the service returned in 1946. In 1997 it was refurbished and relaunched. The service of the Blue Train is promoted as a “magnificent moving five-star hotel” by its operators, who note that kings and presidents have traveled on it.

Here is a rare collection of amazing photos that shows the comfortable interior of these trains in South Africa from between the 1920s and 1950s.

Two man reading while other sleeping, 1924
Night scene in a First Class compartment of Blue Train, ca. 1930s
Night scene in a First Class compartment of Blue Train, ca. 1930s
Night scene in a First Class compartment of Blue Train, ca. 1930s
Tea in a First Class Couple, ca. 1930s
A woman reading in a Blue Train compartment at night
Blue Train bedding attendant, Catering Department
Blue Train bedding man at work
Blue Train compartment scene, ca. 1940s
Blue Train couple in the 1940s
Blue Train deluxe mattress
Blue Train shower room
Interior of a First Class compartment
Interior of couple showing sleeping accommodation
Tea in a Blue Train compartment
Two girls reading magazines in a First Class compartment, ca. 1940s
A family inside a Trans-Karoo compartment, ca. 1950s
A woman and her daughter in a Blue Train compartment, ca. 1950s
Blue Train compartment scene, 1950
Blue Train compartment scene, 1950
Blue Train compartment scene, 1950
Blue Train couple, ca. 1950s
Blue Train suite
Interior of a Blue Train compartment, ca. 1950s
Interior of a First Class Couple, ca. 1950s

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