There are actually 41 paintings that were produced to depict the
rail network sites and also the events in 1900 and bearing in mind that the network
company was originally of the Alps there is a
beautiful mountain painting of Mont Blanc by Eugène Burnand.
Another painting above the stairway leading down to the station platforms represents the
Alexander III Bridge and the Palaces that housed the Exhibition in 1900, which was
produced by René Billotte. In the main dining room on the end wall is a painting
that depicts the "Théâtre d'Orange" by Albert Maignan with some very good
portraits, plus other paintings provide scenery, sailing boats, well dressed ladies, etc.
All of these paintings still continue to excite those that admire them, which of course
was what was intended by those who created the décor within the buffet restaurant, providing the visitor with a truly
warming atmosphere that captivates and charms everyone both now and in years gone by.
Yet it was in 1963 that this buffet in Paris was
renamed Le Train Bleu after the Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean Company's original luxury express
train with blue sleeping cars that took British aristocrats and wealthy Parisians down to
the Cote d'Azur or the French Riviera as it is often
In 1972 Andre Malraux granted Le Train Bleu restaurant
in Paris historical monument status.
The paintings have always captured everyone's attention and are visited in the Train Bleu
restaurant almost like a museum. But over the years they had deteriorated slightly,
yet due to the fact that there was not any smoke coming from the old locomotives any
longer, these were painstakingly and very carefully restored in 1992, to their former
glory with their vibrant colours, just like they were back in the 1900's.
Entering the large rooms that were filled with sculptures, gilt and vast paintings that
dominate the walls, through to the seats and the coats stands, which are still all present
today, it makes you feel like you are back in the era of luxury travel, so being able to
still have a gorgeous meal at this original station buffet is an experience you will never
To find out more information about the restaurant itself, please go to the Train Bleu restaurant page.
Address & Contact Details:
Le Train Bleu
1er Etage de la Gare de Lyon (First Floor Gare de Lyon)
Place Louis Armand
Telephone: 1 44 75 76 76
Fax: 1 43 43 97 96