The Grand Orient Express was one of the most luxurious trains in the world when it began service back in the late 1800s, but by 2009 passenger trains were quickly becoming a thing of the past.
So the Grand was left to rot in a trainyard in Belgium after taking its last trip in December, 2009, which is surprising consider how famous and important that train was in its day.
Equally surprising- how nice the interior of the Grand looks even though it has been virtually left to the elements, a decadent steel corpse captured in all its rusty glory by Brian of Preciousdecay photography.
Brian on exploring the remains of the Grand Orient Express:
“When I step into an abandoned site it feels like stepping into a time machine. I try to feel the emotions of it’s past and that is what I want to show in my pictures,” Brian writes on his website. “When people are looking at my work and raise a question about the “what, why, when” then I feel I have succeeded.”
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EDIT- Apparently the photographer Brian (and everyone online who linked to his photos) had it wrong with this one- this isn't the Grand Orient Express but rather a Type 620 DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) of the Belgian Railways:
So still a really cool looking locomotive but not the famous Orient Express, thanks for the edit Jurgen K.