Lego travels back in time with Orent Express set

Published on: 21st November 2023

The Orient Express set was designed by 27-year old Paris-based, Lego fan Thomas Lajon, as part of the Lego Ideas programme.

The Lego Group has unveiled the Lego Ideas Orient Express, a beautiful brick recreation of the one of the world’s most luxurious and legendary forms of travel. The Orient Express was the world’s first international luxury train that carried thousands of passengers across Europe to Istanbul from 1883 to 1977.

Released to celebrate the train’s 140th anniversary, the new 2,540-piece Lego set transports builders back to the Golden Age of travel, with stunning key features, including the main locomotive, tender, dining and sleeping cars.

The Lego Ideas Orient Express set also features removable roofs to allow access to detailed interiors, eight Lego minifigures including the conductor, a chef, staff and a variety of passengers that depict different passengers. Decorations of the destinations that the train visited on its original route are also visible across the magnificent set.

The set was designed by 27-year old Paris-based Lego fan, Thomas Lajon, as part of the Lego Ideas programme. Once designed, 10,000 people voted for it to be made into a real set.

Thomas Lajon commented: “I have always been a great fan of locomotives, sailing ships and ocean liners. As a child, I collected everything related to them. Years later, my girlfriend encouraged me to get back in touch with Lego bricks and knowing my love for trains, she encouraged me to make one.”

The Lego Ideas Orient Express Set is available from 1st December via Lego Stores and priced at £259.99.

Lego fans will also have the opportunity to meet Thomas Lajon at an exclusive event in the Lego Store Leicester Square London on December 1st – details here.

The Orient Express Set set is the latest from the Lego Ideas platform, which sees fans vote for the sets they would most like to see be made a reality. Earlier this year, a fan-designed BTS Dynamite set featured the chart-topping band on the video set of the global smash-hit single, Dynamite.


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