The Blue Train is proud to announce the addition of an Observation Car to its second train set. The carriage updates the second train set to 15 carriages, reaching a total length of 328 metres. This means that the second set, with this addition, now includes the expansive view from the wide panels at the back of train – one of the very picturesque experiences that draws many to The Blue Train.
As is commensurate with The Blue Train, the interior of the Observation Car is tastefully designed, continuing the genius of interior designers at Wilson & Associates. It is classic, sophisticated and luxurious without compromising functionality, featuring muted gold tones and rich blue hues. The fixtures include polished, solid birch-wood panelling with wide double-glazed window panels that offer clear multidirectional views of the landscape. Two plush wingback chairs are placed at the tail end of the train to comfortably ensconce the guests as they take in the view. In the middle of the car, on either side are three intimate seating coves of short leatherback tub chairs coupled with high-gloss solid wood tea tables. At the entrance, just before the automated birch solid-wood door with laser printed glass, are six four-chair settings with tables, perfect for small-group seating over a light gourmet meal or fine beverage.
The new Observation Car can also be converted into a conference room for business meetings and events. For this, high-back leather padded chairs with The Blue Train insignia carved on the top of the back wooden frame, along with high-gloss solid birch-wood tables are made available. This conference set up is complete with plug points, audio-visual set up, that includes a projector and screen.
Speaking on this new addition, Vincent Monyake, Executive Manager of The Blue Train said: “Our guests and clients spoke, and we listened. We are pleased that our second train set is updated and guests on either train will have The Blue Train’s quintessential viewing experience, complete with the wide-angle viewing at the end of the train. Travelling through South Africa’s sweeping landscapes takes a different form with the majestic view from the Observation Car, and the ability to make that available for business meetings and conferences makes for a truly memorable experience aboard the Blue Jewel. We look forward to hosting many more incredible charter functions, fabulous trips and fantastic business gatherings."
The new Observation Car, which is already running, also features a dedicated Boutique Shop selling The Blue Train mementos: finely crafted leather goods such as The Blue Train soft leather weekender bag, leather wallets and folios, along with The Blue Train cufflinks, golf shirts, and key rings, to name but a few.