heheh, re the price of beer but it is worth it! we have watered down soda over here instead of real beer
I have found a number of good engines from UK, France, and Austria/Germany that were used for the OE, and a complete range of carriages, havent tried any of them yet, but they look good, all colour schemes including the full royal blues, the two toned tan and creme and blue and creme and the back to blue again after 1932.... until the end of the line in 2009. Sources for the engines and carriage sets include:http://bpao.free.fr/french/simu/simu.phphttp://bpao.free.fr/fichiers/voitures/ciwl_chain.zip http://www.train-sim-werk.de/typo3/index.php?id=283http://railatelier.free.fr/models/modeles.htmhttp://www.ildeposito.net/http://www.trains-de-mes-dix-ans.com/http://www.thetrain.de/http://www.uktrainsim.com
and the French Club of former Pacific engine drivers and crews http://pacificvapeurclub.free.fr/
And i understand that there is a great updated Alberg Route done over on the Italian site, i was going to do that myself but will check it out to see and expect it will be great...
The Orient Express was the name of a long-distance passenger train originally operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. Its route has changed many times, and several routes have in the past concurrently used the name, or slight variants thereof. Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most intimately associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul, the original endpoints of the service.
Since 1977, the Orient Express has not served Istanbul. Its immediate successor, a through overnight service from Paris to Vienna, ran for the very last time from Paris on Friday, June 8, 2007. Since then, the route, still called the "Orient Express", has been shortened to start from Strasbourg instead, occasioned by the inauguration of the LGV Est which affords much faster travel times from Paris to Strasbourg. The new curtailed service left Strasbourg at 22.20 daily, shortly after the arrival of a TGV from Paris, and is attached at Karlsruhe to the overnight sleeper service from Amsterdam to Vienna.
On 14 December 2009, the Orient Express ceased to operate and the route disappeared from European railway timetables, reportedly a "victim of high-speed trains and cut-rate airlines." wikipedia
UPDATE April 2010: It appears reports of the demise of the Orient Express were premature. There is a private firm that runs fully equipped classic OE coaches with modern engines to all the major historic destinations on a set schedule and also runs private commisoined runs and consists. See post below.
There were a series of Orient Express routes some of which ran at the same time and some of which connected or exchanged resources and services:
* Marks Routes Available for this branch of the OE for MSTS
OE 1 Orient Express London to Paris, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest Istambul *
1883-1914, 1919-1939, 1945-1962
OE 2 Simpleon-Orient Express Paris Lausanne Simplon Milan Venice Belgrade Sofia Istambul *
OE 3 Arlberg-Orient Express London Calais Zurich Innsbruck Vienna Budapest Athens *
OE 4 Venice Simplon Orient Express Calais Paris Lausanne Milan Venice *
OE 5 OBB EN 262 Orient Express Paris Strasbourg Munich Vienna Budapest *
OE 6 Modern Orient Express Private Schedule to all the historic destinations
Routes that include portions of the OE:
Download section look for Scenery and then Scenario/Route : Arlberg Banh
1910 Era, with Engines and Rolling Stock including a set of the OE carriages, updated and enhanced version of the MSTS route and expanded to include: Innsbruck - Bludenz - Feldkirch - Buchs in 1910 R. Grassi, 226 MB
Period II and IIIhttp://www.trenomania.it/index2.asp
Linea Torino-Milano-Venezia v.2
Torino to Venice with modern Italian RR set up and basic equipment for AI trains,
it is early days in my research but i will see what happens with this all....thanks again to all here for the great help it really directed me to good sources... there is a lot on the french sites and more beyond....