Experience luxury on the train dubbed "palace on the rails"

Dubbed the "palace on the rails", the G Train includes a garden, an open stage and high-class rooms with transparent glass doors.

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Train tourism is gradually being revived, with a series of high-class and diverse trains recently built, such as the "Dolce Vita" train that connects Italy's most famous landscapes, or the system "Midnight Trains" from Paris travels Europe by train to 12 destinations. In the US, the transparent train from Colorado to Utah was voted by Lonely Planet as one of the "10 most worth-experienced tours in 2021"; Or like in China, visitors can experience the panda-themed train.

However, French designer Thierry Gaugain intends to take the rail travel experience to a whole new level, a luxury train described as a "palace on the tracks". According to the design concept, the train will be 400 m long, including 14 glass cars and integrate extremely modern technologies. The train will cost about $350 million and take at least two and a half years to build.

The carriage walls can be folded down to create open porches for parties and concerts. Source: Thierry Gaugain
Glass walls can be switching to completely transparent. Source: Thierry Gaugain

The glass walls can be turned into completely transparent mode for visitors to enjoy the scenery outside. And if guests want a personal experience, the glass can be dimmed and create unique scenes, like the seasons of the year or the moonlight in the night. Thierry Gaugain explains: “The train is like a stage, you can manipulate the light, the seasons or the sense of speed to change the concept of time.”

The train includes rooms, entertainment areas, common rooms, event venues and a green garden. The carriage walls can be folded down to create open porches for parties and concerts. The train can even split in two, in case the guests want to change course.

With luxury and privacy, the train can only accommodate 18 guests. The average speed is 160km/h, designed to be suitable for railway lines in Europe and America. However, according to Thierry Gaugain's idea, speed is not a priority factor: "Train is not just a means. Travel is not about getting there quickly but enjoying time, that's most valuable thing".
The glass can be dimmed and create unique scenes, like the seasons of the year or the moonlight in the night. Source: Thierry Gaugain

Dubbed the "palace on the rails", the G Train includes an orchard. Source: Thierry Gaugain

With the trend of sustainable tourism, trains is forecasted to be a popular means of travel in the near future, as tourists become more and more aware of the "carbon footprint" of each trip.

“Trains are not a thing of the past. This category is responding to the present, with sustainability being the main reason. There is nothing more sustainable than trains among the very energy-intensive means of transport, airplanes and other vehicles. Trains will become the vehicle of the future, with a combination of luxury and the best of technology." - Thierry Gaugain

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