Ireland is set to get its very own luxury sleeper train in 2016.
Belmond, the company that owns and runs the Orient Express, has acquired ten carriages from Irish Rail. These carriages will reportedly be converted to a sleeper train that will accommodate up to 40 passengers on trips North and South lasting between two and six nights.
The new Belmond Grand Hibernian will include ensuite accommodation, two restaurant cars, and an observation car bar.
Trips on the sleeper train will be akin to ‘land cruises’, where passengers will stop at different stations along the way and be taken on local trips.
The service will begin during the summer of 2016.