The train in the movie was all wrong. Starting with the locomotive which was a Paris- Orléans designed for branch line service which never came close to hauling the orient. The consist was quite wrong also just using one of the brown and cream Golden Arrow pullmans, could only be incorrect. As a matter of fact the Orient as a long trip did not feature Pullman cars as they were specialised in daytime runs of less than ten hours (longest would have been the Paris-Nice train P1 and 2). And usually were used on all pullman consists. like the Etoile du Nord, the Oiseau Bleu, the P1 the Vichy Pullman and the Deauville express of short existence. All Wagon lits trains of the era between the two W.W. sported a baggage car at each end supposedly to protect the trains in case of derailments and colisions as per French gov. regulation (comparable to the ICC) dating back to consists with wooden bodied cars. And to pursue, it was filmed on a Jura line supposed to represent the Yougoslav mountains near Bulgaria (where the real Orient of wooden cars was held up by snow for a few days and actually attacked by wolves, the legend says). And the engine which pushes the snow plow around to releive the train is a liberation mikado made in the USA (or Canada) and delivered as part of the Marshal plan. So much for realisme of railroad related sets in films, and remember I was a set designer, I should know. Much more interesting document on French railways in steam days is the Train and of course Renoir's Bête Humaine, but no sleepers there at all.
As I said this is not to be grumpy but just so people on the other side of the pond know how it was; it's information.
Last edited by du-bousquetaire; 12-04-2017 at 05:57 AM.