What was dating like in the 1930s
The train you're probably thinking of is the privately-run Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE), which uses vintage restored sleeping-cars & dining-cars and costs around 2,000 per person between London & Venice.
Wonderful though the VSOE is - you'll find more information about the VSOE here - it is certainly not the 'original' Orient Express (as there's no such thing) or the 'real' Orient Express (that's the train referred to above, withdrawn on 12 December 2009).
Below: This is the summer 1939 timetable for the Simplon Orient Express.
At this period, the train consists exclusively of Wagons-Lits sleeping cars.
It had lost its Paris-Budapest Hungarian couchette car and Paris-Bucharest Romanian sleeping-car in June 2001, and it hadn't carried any through cars for Istanbul since the 1960s.
...because you thought that the Orient Express was a special luxury train, and that it originally stopped running in 1977, was then beautifully restored and put back into service and runs from London & Paris to Venice and costs a fortune to travel on and people like David Suchet & Terry Wogan travel on it and do TV programmes about it...
A history of the Orient Express 1883 to 2009 Books about the Orient Express Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, London to Venice On 12 December 2009, Euro Night train number 469 Orient Express left Strasbourg on its final overnight run to Vienna, and on 13 December the celebrated name Orient Express disappeared forever from the official European timetables after 126 years.
On its last run, the Orient Express had evolved into an Austrian Railways (BB) Euro Night train, with one Austrian Railways air-conditioned sleeping-car (1 & 2 bed compartments, including two deluxe compartments with toilet and shower), two modern air-conditioned couchette cars with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and an Austrian seats car.
The Taurus Express is a separate connecting train - see the Syria page.for all BB's sleeping-cars and continue to do so for BB's current Nightjet trains.The coach to the right marked liegewagen is one of the two modern Austrian Railways couchette cars, also as it happen staffed by the CIWL, or strictly-speaking, Newrest.The right-hand photo is a close-up of the destination label, clearly announcing the train as the Euro Night train Orient Express.I've used the Orient Express myself on many occasions over the years, the last occasion being a journey from Vienna to Paris on my return from Petra, Damascus, Aleppo, and (appropriately enough) Istanbul in September 2005.The Orient Express about to leave Paris for Vienna circa 2005, before being cut back to start in Strasbourg.The car on the left is the sleeping-car, with carpeted 1, 2 & 3-bed rooms with washbasin. The car on the right is one of two modern couchette cars with more basic 4- & 6-bunk compartments.You dine at the Pera Palas Hotel, the hotel established by the Wagons-Lits Company in 1894 specifically to cater for Orient Express clientele, and still a great hotel today.About 9pm, you head down to Sirkeci station for the departure of the Orient Express.It was a normal scheduled Euro Night express, run by the Austrian national railways (BB), and you could travel on it with normal tickets including Inter Rail and Eurail passes.Until 8 June 2007 it left Paris every evening at and arrived in Vienna at next morning.