Since 16 May 2012, the carriage interiors of some trains of the RER rail line (Regional Express Network), which serve Paris and its suburbs, have been completely transformed and decorated with views of the Palace of Versailles and its gardens.
The carriages have views of different places and decorative features of Versailles adapted to their interiors to evoke the rich atmospheres of the Palace and its collections. Ornate paintings and golden sculptures line the aisles and even the ceilings are intricately designed.
Key attractions of the Palace of Versailles that have been replicated include the Hall of Mirrors, the Battles Gallery, the gardens and the groves, as well as more intimate places such as the Belvedere in Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, all made with a high-tech plastic film.
Other attractive improvements include the creation of a mock library in one of the carriages
The project is a result of a partnership concluded between the Palace of Versailles and the SNCF, France’s state-owned railway company in collaboration with Encore Eux Agency, a marketing company. The train carriages will run on the RER C line for at least 18 months.
For more information and photos, visit the project page at Chateau De Versailles.
Now this is a rail journey fit for a king!