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LEGO Ideas Orient Express Train Press-Release

The LEGO Group today unveils the #21344 LEGO Ideas Orient Express – a beautiful brick recreation of one of the world’s most luxurious and legendary forms of travel. Known as a ‘rolling palace’ the Orient Express was the world’s first international luxury train that carried thousands of passengers across Europe to Istanbul from 1883 to 1977.

Released to celebrate the train’s 140th anniversary, the new 2,540-piece LEGO set transports builders back to the Golden Age of travel, with some stunning key features, including the main locomotive, tender, dining, and sleeping cars. The train is approximately 116 cm/in long, 8 cm/in wide, and 12 cm/in high.

The #21344 LEGO Ideas Orient Express set also features removable roofs to allow access to detailed interiors, eight LEGO minifigures including the conductor, a chef, staff, and a variety of passengers that depict different passengers. Decorations of the destinations that the train visited on its original route are also visible across the magnificent set.

The set was designed by 27-year-old Paris-based, LEGO fan Thomas Lajon, as part of the LEGO Ideas program. Once designed, 10,000 people voted for it to be made into a real set. Talking about his design, Thomas Lajon said:

“I have always been a great fan of locomotives, sailing ships, and ocean liners. As a child, I collected everything related to them. Years later, my girlfriend encouraged me to get back in touch with LEGO bricks, and knowing my love for trains, she encouraged me to make one. Obviously, I chose to make the Orient Express. A sumptuous French train, at the heart of many stories.”

The #21344 LEGO Ideas Orient Express set is going to be available from the 1st of December via official LEGO stores and the Online LEGO Shop. Prices are as follows: $299.99 / £259.99/ €299.99/ 469.99 AUD/ 2499 CNY / 121990 HUF. For more information, visit the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the new LEGO Ideas train? Are you planning to add it to your collection? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

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  • Pepper November 16, 2023, 9:06 AM

    What a beautiful train! Day one purchase for me!

  • Martin November 16, 2023, 9:23 AM

    This is the most beautiful train since the Emerald Night. But the press release doesn’t say anything about power functions. Is it compatible?

    • Master Builder November 16, 2023, 5:39 PM

      I assume it’s compatible. If not, it shouldn’t be a too hard conversion.

  • Stephen November 16, 2023, 11:34 AM

    Will run on standard lego track. No info yet on whether it is designed to be motorised, though it should be no more difficult/annoying than the similar sized Hogwarts express loco.

  • Håkan November 16, 2023, 11:35 AM

    No moustachoed belgians, apparently. Maybe the hinting would feel too obvious…

  • Craig November 16, 2023, 12:20 PM

    For many years I have wanted a Lego train to run around my Christmas tree. I love the look of this one, I hope it ends up easily compatible with the power system (and whatever else I don’t know about Lego trains!).

    • Håkan November 16, 2023, 1:33 PM

      I wonder whether you could hide an engine in the loco or the tender…

  • Master Builder November 16, 2023, 5:37 PM

    I’m definitely getting this. I love the engine.

  • Daniel November 16, 2023, 5:41 PM

    Instant fave! 🚂🤗

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