"It was at night, however, that the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits et des Grands Express Europeens lived up to the magic of its name"

The Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (et desGrands Express Européens) the iconic symbol of which was the letters "WL" held up by two lions, was founded in Belgium in 1872 by Belgian Georges Nagelmackers. It was the main provider of railway sleepers and dining cars in the late 19th and early 20th century, and it introduced the Orient Express, Nord Express and Sud Express services.

 

 

Compagnie Internationale des Wagons Lits logo
Creative Commons AttributionCompagnie Internationale des Wagons Lits logo - Credit: Tamorlan