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The Blue Train (Bloutrein)

A service to rival “The Orient Express” with tickets starting at £600 per adult (based on two sharing a compartment), this is a luxury train service in South Africa. Decks are manufactured by Protea Playing Card Company and appear to be available on-board the train as single decks or double boxed sets. Each card depicts a different railway locomotive, repeated in each suit in blue or red against a gold background. The reverse features a floral design. See the Box

“The Blue Train” playing cards from the luxury train service in South Africa “The Blue Train” playing cards from the luxury train service in South Africa “The Blue Train” playing cards from the luxury train service in South Africa

Above: “The Blue Train” (Bloutrein) playing cards from the luxury train service made by Protea Playing Card Company, a later repring, with updated artwork, of a deck first published in c.1978 (shown below). There are three jokers, one red and two blue. Each suit has the same images. Images courtesy Matt Probert.

Early edition of “The Blue Train” playing cards from the luxury train service in South Africa, c.1978

Above: early edition of “The Blue Train” playing cards from the luxury train service in South Africa, c.1978.

Last Updated August 14, 2017 at 08:45pm

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