The atmosphere in these carriages in a once-in-a-lifetime experience! You find yourself transported back in time, and the fact that elegant wear and non-usage of smartphones is encouraged helps.
Nowadays train travel is common, commuters use trains every day to get to work and tickets are widely attainable. But it hasn’t always been this way.
Back in the 1930s, riding a train was an event! People dressed up in their most expensive and fashionable clothes and posed next to their trains. First class cars where mainly for celebrities or wealthy travellers, and were in that sense decorated to resemble what their place of living looked like. The carriages would be spacious and lit by designer lamps, with armchairs, drapes, carpets and fresh flowers in each car. Everything was designed as to make sure that guests were travelling as if they never left their living room (while the second class, even though it was still spacious, resemble more closely to what our current train arrangements are today). While nowadays the common train travel wouldn’t include great food, in the 30s, travellers would dine freshly prepared gourmet meals on fine china and in restaurant cars with elegant table settings and for the first class, the train could organize a buffet-style meal with servers to pour drinks.
As for the entertainment, while most of us today prefer to stay silent by watching a movie on our phone, or to work on a pc, people back then, listened in vast carriages (for the first class of course) to radio gramophones, played cards, or read the newspapers together.
The most famous sleeper trains are known for keeping their carriages intact from the passing of time, for example, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express kept its carriages with a few as possible modernizations from the 1920s-1930s. The atmosphere in these carriages in a once-in-a-lifetime experience! You find yourself transported back in time, and the fact that elegant wear and non-usage of smartphones is encouraged helps. As the traveller plays pretend, the service is still the same excellent quality as it was nearly a century ago, when perfect service in these types of luxury carriages was the norm.