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Date: 05/24/20 11:08
Sort of philanthropy
Author: mile250

From today's Wall Street Journal online (image only, not a link). I have no experience with luxury trains. But it seems several around the world, including more modest operations like the Grand Canyon Railway, were revived by people who used their fortunes for a type of historical preservation.

Date: 05/24/20 13:06
Re: Sort of philanthropy
Author: andersonb109

The original founder of the VSOE before it was sold to Belmond. He bought and restored most if not all of the beautiful cars currently in use. Most were scattered about Europe andĀ  in really bad shape. Not sure what the status of the train currently is given the various European border restrictions. Hope-full if not running, it will again soon.

Date: 05/25/20 02:54
Re: Sort of philanthropy
Author: 55002

I presume the link has come about, because James Sherwood passed away on May 18th. As part of his Sea Containers empire, he won the East Coast Main Line franchise here in the UK, in 1996.
He relinquished the franchise in 2007. They invested heavily in the trains, and raised the standards for the passengers, and was very highly thought of. For a period, they hired in redundant Eurostars forĀ 
operation on the franchise. One seen here in 2005 at Wakefield. chris uk.

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