Decades after the death of the communist revolutionary Josip Broz Tito and the fall of Yugoslavia, the Blue Train remains one of the most beloved symbols of a country that no longer exists.
The Art Deco interior of the train is mostly made of mahogany, pear and walnut wood, according to Serbian Railways, the country’s national railway company. The saloons and hallways are decked out with intricate marquetry, wool carpets, velvet and silk.
The carriages include apartment saloons for Tito and his guests, a “ceremonial” conference room, dining car, a kitchen and sleeping quarters.
The train used to take Yugoslavia’s president-for-life, his wife and their entourage to Brijuni islands in Croatia, Tito’s favourite place in summertime. It was on this train that he hosted important guests from around the world, from Queen Elizabeth II to Haile Selassie, Yasser Arafat, Jawaharlal Nehru… The Blue Train is also remembered for Tito’s last journey, after he passed away on 4 May 1980, when it transported his coffin from Ljubljana to Belgrade.