ROMANOV FAMILY: INSIDE IMPERIAL TRAIN

Tsar Nicholas II looking out of the window of the Romanov family imperial train
Tsar Nicholas II looking out of the window of  imperial train

 

The Domestic Imperial Train of Nicholas II (there was also an Imperial train exclusively for international travel) was built between 1894-96 in the main Car Workshops of the Nikolaevsky Railway Company. The train was adapted and expanded throughout his reign as the family grew and needs increased.

The Imperial train was immortalized by Fabergé as the surprise of the “Trans-Siberian Railway Egg” of 1900.
The Imperial train was immortalized by Fabergé as the surprise of the “Trans-Siberian Railway Egg” of 1900.

 

 

 

By 1902, the train consisted of ten carriages: a sleeping-car for the Emperor and Empress, a saloon car, a kitchen, a dining car, carriages intended for the grand dukes and other family, the children’s car, cars for the Emperor’s retinue, as well as cars for railway servicemen, servants, luggage and workshops. The final and eleventh car, a fully dedicated chapel, was consecrated in 1899.

Grand duchesses inside the Romanov family train
Grand duchesses looking out the windows of the Romanov family train

“On the train. Got up at 9 o’cl. in the morning. Had tea in the dining room. Had breakfast alone with Mama and Aleksei. Had breakfast, dinner and tea all together… After tea sat at Mama’s for a little while, then at Isa’s and Nastenka’s, and worked. After dinner Papa received the nobility at the station while we watched from the train window…” 

~From the diary of Tatiana Romanov~

 

 

 

“It was so cozy to sleep in the train, but only a little too cool, since [we] woke up early… “
~From the diary of Olga Romanov~

Inside the Romanov family train
Inside the Romanov family train
Inside the Romanov family train
Inside the Romanov family train
Inside the Romanov family train
Writing desk inside the Romanov family train, where Nicholas II used to read reports and write letters.

 

“It was so cozy to sleep on the train for 2 nights, and especially this one, right here at the station, and not at home I was able to fall asleep before the stop. From Chudov to Novgorod, where we are changing the route to a new one. And the train is moving very quietly the whole time.”

~From the diary of Olga Romanov~

 

Inside the Romanov family train
Inside the Romanov family train
Inside the Romanov family train
Inside the Romanov family train
Inside the Romanov family train
Inside the Romanov family train

 

“We 4 with Mama had breakfast on the train on the way to the city…  Tea on the train with Viktor Erastovich.”  

~From the diary of Olga Romanov~

Inside the Romanov family train
Washroom inside the Romanov family train
Empress Alexandra, and Tsarevich Alexei inside the Romanov family train with Grand Duchess Olga looking in.
Empress Alexandra, and Tsarevich Alexei inside the Romanov family train with Grand Duchess Olga looking in.
Empress Alexandra, Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarevich Alexei inside the Romanov family train
Empress Alexandra, Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarevich Alexei inside the Romanov family train

“On the train. We all got up late…  Then had breakfast with Mama, Aunt Ella and Maria. Papa had a big breakfast… After dinner [I] sat with Mama, smoked. She is very tired, and the train keeps jolting her. May God save her.”

~From the diary of Olga Romanov~

Nicholas II with Tsarevich Alexei and suite dining inside the Romanov family train
Nicholas II with Tsarevich Alexei and suite dining inside the Romanov family train
Sisters of Mercy dining inside the Romanov family train
Sisters of Mercy in the dining room of the Romanov family train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Is it nice to have that thing on the train for gymnastics?

~From a letter of Tatiana Romanov to her father~

Grand Duchess Anastasia in the imperial train in 1916.
Grand Duchess Anastasia inside the imperial train in 1916.

From the books:

The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution

Journal of a Russian Grand Duchess: Complete Annotated 1913 Diary of Olga Romanov, Eldest Daughter of the Last Tsar

Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar: Diaries and Letters, 1913–1918

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