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Griffiths, Arthur

After a rough crossing from Dover, Colonel Basil Annesley finds he is the only passenger on the Engardine Express from Calais to Lucerne. That is, he is the only passenger until a mysterious woman shows up at the last minute to book a compartment for her servant, an infant and herself.

Before “The Orient Express” there was The Rome Express. The very words conjure up a romantic time when travel, at least for those who could afford a compartment in a first class car, was elegant and refined. One could board the night train in Rome, dine along the way, sleep in comfortable accommodations and wake up at the station in Paris refreshed and ready to go.