Wednesday, 23 May 2012
This six-carriage Versailles train is one of five standard RER C suburban trains scheduled to be in service in France by the end of this year, decorated with photographic copies of the decor of the Château de Versailles and its gardens.
The new decor’s photo panels were created using images of the Château de Versailles, specially adapted to the dimensions of the carriages, transforming the walls and rounded ceilings of the double-decker trains.
Carriage designs are based on some of the Château's most famous attractions: the gardens, the Hall of Mirrors and the Battles Gallery, the Queen's Chamber in the Petit Trianon, the Temple of Love and Belvedere of Marie Antoinette's domain, the peristyle of the Grand Trianon, the library of Louis XVI and the decor of Charles X's royal carriage.
The French National Railroad service estimates that 20% of the passengers travelling on the Line C in the two years it is set to run for will step aboard one of these decorated trains.