Recently on returning from XXII Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland, I had a bit of extra time and the air routings were not great so I decided to return by train. One leg was Budapest to Bucharest, a train I have taken quite a few times in the past but not in the last few years. Two platforms over from my train in Budapest Keleti station was a steam locomotive hooked to a line of vintage rail cars with its steam up, apparently ready to head out on its run. I knew they did occaisional steam exercusions out of Keleti but this was the first time I had ever seen one of the trains ready to go. Then on arrving in Bucharest, on the track several platforms over was a line of very elegant rail coaches hooked to a modern locomotive. I guessed what it was and went over to take a look. Sure enough, it was the Venice-Simplon Orient Express. The original Orient Express route was Paris to Istanbul by way of Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, and Bucharest. The company that refurbished the historic 19th century cars to create this luxury train had been running it from Paris to Venice, but the placards on the side of the cars of this train showed its routing as Venice - Salzburg - Vienna - Budapest - Bucharest - Istanbul, so it follows much of the eastern portion of the original route. Now, if they could just have used that steam engine from Budapest to pull the Orient Express, that would have added to the charm. Sadly, the old historic Istanbul station where the original Orient Express terminated, recently closed to be replaced by a bland underground station.