04 Feb 2022 | 4 mins

Inside The World’s First Private Luxury Train From Top Yacht Designer

Inside The World’s First Private Luxury Train From Top Yacht Designer

French designer Thierry Gaugain, best known for his yacht design collaborations with Philippe Starck, is working on an incredible new project. The G Train, the world’s first private luxury train takes the decadence of great trains like the Orient Express one step further as it is designed for a single owner. Mr Gaugain says, "it's not a public train or a passenger train." And it comes with a hefty price tag as the estimated cost of the train is more than $350 million.

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G Train Terrace THIERRY GAUGAIN

A culmination of 30 years of concept work, the G Train is a masterpiece of 21st century design and engineering. It can best be described as a “palace on rails” with 14 cars stretching over 400 metres, sheathed in 3,500 sqm of special technical glass. Despite its length, the train will run at a speedy 160 kilometres per hour, with four bespoke locomotives adapted to railways across the Americas and Europe, from Mediterranean shores up to Scandinavia and Russia. The train will make as many stops along the way as the owner requests.

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A stage in the G-train THIERRY GAUGAIN

With space for 18 overnight guests, the train has two sections: one for the owner’s accommodation and entertainment space and the other for crew and guests’ quarters. There’s one large VIP suite, three VIP suites and three additional suites, plus a VIP salon. For social events, wings fold down to form alfresco terraces for parties, dinners or concerts.

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Terrace party on the new G Train THIERRY GAUGAIN

Naturally, there’s also a “toy chest,” the caboose with space for cars, motorbikes, and other toys. There’s even a lovely garden onboard. The exterior of the train will be made of new-generation technical glass making the train either visible or invisible to anyone who sees the train pass, creating a gold hued, opaque exterior design. This new smart glass will quickly change from transparent to black by touching a button, offering immediate privacy.

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Mega yacht Venus docked in Mallorca, commissioned by the late Steve Jobs. GETTY

Thierry Gaugain worked with Philippe Starck on the design of numerous famous super yachts, including Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko’s 120 meter Motor Yacht A, 150 meter Sailing Yacht AA, the Wedge Too and the late Steve Jobs’ 80 meter super yacht, Venus. His first solo Yacht project was launched at SuperYachts Monaco before the pandemic. Project L is a 120 meter long super yacht, featuring an indoor and outdoor cinema, live performances, a helipad, a Nemo room and all the other features you’d expect from a genuinely luxurious super yacht. Gaugain is also a prolific designer of luxury hotels, retail spaces, and high end brands like Louis Vuitton, Ducati, Baccarat and Nina Ricci. Private aircraft projects include an AIRBUS A330 and a BOEING 737.

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Side view of G Train THIERRY GAUGAIN

Pre-development of the G Train project started four years ago with the participation of some of the best engineers and architects. Partners lined up for the G Train project include: train and locomotive builder, Stadler; Saint-Gobain, the number one glass maker in the world; Eckersley O’Callaghan Engineers who specialise in made to measure structural engineering; Vision System for glass and digital system integration; Marine Guard for safety/security and DWH for luxury interior outfitting.

More than just a vision, the G Train is now available to build for her owner as a more eco-friendly, relaxed alternative to private jet travel.