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Etoile Ferroviaire
Company Name:
Compagnie de Chemins de fer Isperia et des Grands Express Transcontinentales
(Isperian Railway and Transcontinental Great Expresses Company)


Business Name:
Étoile Ferroviaire
(Star Railways)


Industry
Transportation
Hospitality


Founded
11th October 1877


Headquarters
Port de Courois, Commonwealth of Isperia


Area served
Trans-Vriophuranium


Key people
Lionel Casseaux
(Founder)
Jean-Luc Casseaux
(Chairman)
Charles Favreau
(CEO)


Services
Étoile Ferroviaire
Compagnie de Transcontinentale Grands Hôtels
Trains
Étoile Express (Isperia-Arlessia-Alvostria)
Étoile du Nord (Isperia-Arlessia-Confederated Kingdoms, Isperia-Arlessia-Ruskovia)
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Gare de Saint Leon
Gare de Saint Léon is one of the eight major termini of Port de Courouis, and is the largest train station in the country to date. Colloquially referred as Saint Leon Central by the citizens of Port de Courouis, the veritable Gare de Saint Léon serves hundreds of intercity, commuter, and international trains on 25 platforms, both underground and above-ground.
The grand station was an ambitious project by railroad tycoon, Lionel Casseaux to serve as a terminus for his train company, the Compagnie de Chemins de fer Isperia et des Grands Express Transcontinentales, or more commonly known as Étoile Ferroviaire, which operated long distance cross-country express trains to the corners of Isperia and beyond. The station was also built to bring the terminus, which was previously located at the Gare Chevalier located in the southern district of the city, closer to the city center.
To build their new station, Étoile Ferroviaire
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Arlessian Empire
GrößKaiserreich Arlessies und OstAlvostereich
(The Great Empire of Arlessia and Eastern Alvostria)
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Arlessies Reich
(Arlessian Empire)

Date of Founding: 18 January 1762
Flag:

Motto: Heil zum Gekrönten (Hail to the Crowned One)
Capital: Lehnberg
Largest City: Königstein
Official Languages: Alvostrische-AerahSprache ("Alvostrian-Aerah Speech" a branch language of Aerah-Gezwut)
National Languages: Aerah-Gezwut, Isperian, Sutina
Government: Federal constitutional monarchy
Main rulers and people of power:
First Head of State         : Kaiser Siegfried First Chancellor              : Ludwig Brandt von Luther
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The Great Commonwealth States of Isperia
Les Grands Communauté États d'Isperia
(The Great Commonwealth States of Isperia)
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Commonwealth du Isperia
(Commonwealth of Isperia)
 

Date of Founding: 29th October 1855 CE
Flag:

Motto: Ex Cinere Ut Resurgat (From the Ashes We Rise Again)
Capital: Port de Courois
Largest City: Nouveseille
Official Languages: Isperian, Suton 
National Languages: Alvostrische-AerahSprache, Sutina
Government: Unitary parliamentary, constitutional monarchy
Main rulers and people of power:
First Head of State                : Queen Josephine of Hallgrav
First P
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Last Midnight (2)
As it turned out, there were two restaurants on B Deck, both were highly sophisticated. Once again, Jason was reminded of how far Richard liked to give him the best of things, even it was pretty excessive.
"Well, I guess that was somewhat expected." He said as he exited the À la Carte Restaurant. Wilson, who had been waiting outside, regarded him with curiosity.
"It turns out that my ticket fares had included for meals in there." Jason gestured to the restaurant. "The maître d' told me so… and believe me when I say that it was like a small version of the Ritz Restaurant."
Wilson let out a chuckle. "Lord Brockford doesn't do things halfway through."
"That he does." Jason nodded in agreement, idly watching the ship's chamber orchestra stringing away a lively music at the foot of the aft staircase, which looked exactly like the grand staircase up front, but slightly smaller. "Well, I don't think I will eat there today… I'll be in Cafe Parisian I guess." He gestured t
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Literature
Last Midnight (1)
One thing Jason liked about train rides was how he could always catch a few hours worth of sleep during the journey, which was no exception to the train ride to London he had to take that morning. Though, he wished that he didn't have to be waken so early in the morning, nor the fact that one of the maids had to wake him up.
Talk about embarrassing.
"Mmh...whassatime?" He groaned, blinking awake as the lights to his room was turned on by the maid.
"Five thirty, sir." the young woman replied as she went to open the curtains and windows, letting a fresh, cool breeze to flow into the room while revealing the slowly brightening sky outside. "Lady Lucinda told me she will be expecting you for breakfast in half an hour."
Jason slumped against the cold, brass headboard, letting out a yawn as he tried to remember why he had to wake up so early. It wasn't until he saw his trunk and suitcase right beside his desk that he finally remembered that he was due to travel to Southampton to board a ship
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Company Name:
Compagnie de Chemins de fer Isperia et des Grands Express Transcontinentales
(Isperian Railway and Transcontinental Great Expresses Company)

Business Name:
Étoile Ferroviaire
(Star Railways)

Industry
Transportation
Hospitality

Founded
11th October 1877

Headquarters
Port de CouroisCommonwealth of Isperia

Area served
Trans-Vriophuranium

Key people
Lionel Casseaux
(Founder)
Jean-Luc Casseaux
(Chairman)
Charles Favreau
(CEO)

Services
Étoile Ferroviaire
Compagnie de Transcontinentale Grands Hôtels

Trains
Étoile Express (Isperia-Arlessia-Alvostria)
Étoile du Nord (Isperia-Arlessia-Confederated Kingdoms, Isperia-Arlessia-Ruskovia)
Étoile de l'Horizon (Isperia-Caesulia)
Express du Soleil (Isperian Riviera)
Zephyr Express (Trans-Isperian)
Aquilon Express (Trans-Isperian)
Griffon Express (Trans-Isperian)
Fenix Express (Trans-Isperian)

Hotels
Hotel Grand Transcontinental-Port de Courois (Isperia)
Hotel Grand Transcontinental-Luciere (Isperia)
Hotel Grand Transcontinental-Königstein (Arlessia)
Hotel Grand Transcontinental-Vinburg (Alvostria)
Hotel Grand Transcontinental-Port Uthen (Confederated Kingdoms)
Hotel Grand Transcontinental-Bonhaven (Confederated Kingdoms)
Hotel Grand Transcontinental-Vasiliograd (Ruskovia)
Étoile Riviera Hotel (Isperian Riviera)
Chatteau de Phobeus (Isperian Riviera)

Number of employees
22,500 (1941)

Overview


The Étoile  Ferroviaire was the first dedicated international passenger train service connecting major cities in Isperia and its neighboring countries such as the Arlessian Empire and the Alvostrian Kingdom, before it expanded to link Caesulia in the south and also the Confederated Kingdoms in the north. Founded in 1877 by Lionel Casseaux, the Étoile Ferroviaire first operated the Express du Soleil, a sleeper train service that operated between Port de Courois and major Isperian cities along the sunny, Isperian east coast which was famous for its villas, hotels, and beaches. The service was very profitable, and the Étoile Ferroviaire soon expanded its services to every corner of Isperia. Not only the company was renowned for its excellent service, its trains were well known for being fast, luxurious, and comfortable, especially with the introduction of sleeping cars in its overnight routes.

The Étoile Ferroviaire quickly grew to become Isperia's most famous train company with its first international train service, the Étoile Express which first operated in 1884 between Port de Courouis (Isperia) and Königstein (Arlessia) in three nights, three times per week in each direction, and later extended its route to Vinburg (Alvosrtria). The Étoile Express was the first international train service to deploy dedicated sleeping and dining cars in the country, and quickly became a showcase of swift, luxury and comfort travel at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous.

With the success of the Étoile Express, the Étoile Ferroviaire became the first and most important company dedicated to transport, travel agency, and hospitality with activities spreading throughout Vriophuranium. The company quickly established itself as the premier provider and operator of Vriophuranian railway sleepers and dining cars as well as dedicated, high class hotel services throughout its international routes.

Etoile Ferroviaire
International train company which I based on the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits which operated the famed Orient Express, I thought to make one for TRL to further build upon the world and see where it will go.

More info and the company logo will be added soon.



Commonwealth of Isperia © Quarteon01
Greater Confederated Kingdoms
© CommodoreHorton
Caesulen Empire
© skibud98

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Gare de Saint Léon is one of the eight major termini of Port de Courouis, and is the largest train station in the country to date. Colloquially referred as Saint Leon Central by the citizens of Port de Courouis, the veritable Gare de Saint Léon serves hundreds of intercity, commuter, and international trains on 25 platforms, both underground and above-ground.

The grand station was an ambitious project by railroad tycoon, Lionel Casseaux to serve as a terminus for his train company, the Compagnie de Chemins de fer Isperia et des Grands Express Transcontinentales, or more commonly known as Étoile Ferroviaire, which operated long distance cross-country express trains to the corners of Isperia and beyond. The station was also built to bring the terminus, which was previously located at the Gare Chevalier located in the southern district of the city, closer to the city center.

To build their new station, Étoile Ferroviaire bought the old Gare Prouvaire which had burnt down in 1883 (and had since been abandoned) and also the surrounding buildings, with an area that is almost three city blocks in total. Located between the capital's finance and entertainment districts, the site was most strategic, and would prove to be very beneficial for the new station.

Demolition work began in 1909, clearing the entire area of the old train tracks and buildings. Construction work soon followed soon after excavation was completed in 1910, first by building new connections from the city’s existing subway network and train tracks to connect with the new station.

Construction was completed in December 1915, and the Gare de Saint Léon was revealed to the public’s eye at last. Built in neoclassical style, the Gare de Saint Léon is grandest and largest train station in Isperia to date, serving in total of 35 platforms (25 above ground, and 10 below ground).

The Gare de Saint Léon possessed both monumental spaces and intricately crafted detail especially on its facades. The North Facade, which served as the main entrance, was the most artistically constructed facade of the station. With its tall, columned portico, the North Facade sported tall glass stained windows which are crowned with a monumental arched window. Marble statues of important figures and ancient deities, together with an intricate clock piece crowned the entire facade.

Walking through the portico of the North Facade, visitors would descend into the Main Concourse through a large sweeping marble staircase, decorated with a large, 33ft (10m) tall marble statue of the ancient Isperian deity of travel and commerce stood watch on top of a gilded dais.

The Main Concourse is the largest hall built in the station. At 328 ft (100 m) long by 133 ft (40 m) wide by 137 ft (42 m) high, the concourse is the center of activity in the station, decorated with intricate marble and granite work, with a number of huge, stained glass windows letting in natural light into the hall, and topped with a massive coffered and vaulted ceiling made of concrete, plated with gold leaf. The vast, polished marble floor ran uninterrupted through the length of the concourse, circling around the Information Center which sat directly on the center of the hall. Ticketing booths are located on the longitudinal sides of the concourse, serving at least twenty train routes within and beyond Isperia.

The second level of the Main Concourse served as lounges and galleries. The centerpiece of the area is a finely appointed lounge and restaurant called the Le Grand Salon de Saint Léon. The Grand Salon is specially reserved for passengers traveling on any international luxury trains.

Located to the left of the Main Concourse is the East Concourse, which served as a secondary entry point from the eastern facade.  Measuring 279 ft (85m) by long by 85ft (26m) wide by 50ft (15m) high, the East Concourse, also functioned as a waiting hall for passengers. Ticketing booths and entryway for the city’s subway transport system are also located in the Eastern Concourse.

Originally built as an extension of the Main Concourse in the 1920s, the West Concourse was quickly regarded to be its own area.  The West Concourse was built to accommodate additional train tracks especially when the Gare de Saint Léon connected its lines to the Grand Port Maritime du Courois. It also serves as an annex to the nearby high end hotels and shopping centres, such as the Hotel Grand Sommet, the Savoy Continental, and the Arcade du Solaire—the first indoor shopping arcade in Isperia.

Gare de Saint Léon’s interior also housed restaurants and shops. Located directly beneath the North Concourse was the Dining Concourse. The Dining Concourse is surrounded by dozens of fine restaurants, bars, cafes, delis, bakeries, and newsstands, as well as more than 30 retail stores. The Dining Concourse was later expanded to connect with the Metro Concourse to accommodate the ever growing number of passengers.

Train platforms are accessible through a second set of marble staircase located south of the Main and West Concourse. Brass plated wrought iron checkpoint separated the concourses from the platforms. All 25 train platforms themselves are located sheltered from the weather by two, humongous glass and steel vaulted dome supported by a series of steel pillars covered in decorative paneling. Three large four-faced clocks were hung from the centre vaulted ceiling, illuminated with electric lights from within decorated the platform hall, while elevated concrete and stone walkways provide connections between the platforms.

The Gare de Saint Léon quickly became the busiest train station in the city since its grand opening by King Théophile I in April 23rd 1916, hosting about 4,000 to 6,000 people on a weekly basis, including famous dignitaries, celebrities, and government officials alike. Construction of Gare de Saint Léon inspired the construction for other major stations throughout Isperia, such as the Gare de l'Aquilon in Nouveseille city and the Gare Central de Lucière in Lucière city.

As well as quickly growing to be the main railway station of the country, Gare de Saint Léon has also also the hub for famous international trains including the Express du Soleil which leaves for the sunny Isperian Riviera, and the Étoile Express—the flagship luxury express train of Étoile Ferroviaire which brought passengers across the continent to exotic countries beyond.
Gare de Saint Leon
This is my entry for Worldbuilding Challenge Number One for :iconthin-red-line:
I took huge inspiration from the Grand Central Terminal in NYC, Gare de l'Est, and Gare du Nord in Paris for this grand train station.
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