Belmond chose to work with Mivan on the Grand Hibernian fit-out due to the company’s extensive experience in the market, and it’s shared passion and vision for Belmond Grand Hibernian. All ten carriages were delivered to Mivan to be fitted out on-site at the company’s 100,000sq. ft. facility. This ensured Belmond’s requisite of working with “local experts and craftsman to create a truly authentic train that reflects the spirit of the countries through which it will travel” (Gary Franklin, Managing Director of Belmond Trains & Cruises).
Belmond Grand Hibernian launched in August 2016, offering 2, 4 and 6 night itineraries from Dublin through some of the most scenic parts of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Belmond operates some of the world’s most famous trains including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Belmond Royal Scotsman. It purchased the 10 carriages and locomotive for the Grand Hibernian from Irish Rail in 2015.
Mivan was chosen to transform these carriages into 20 stylish en-suite cabins, two dining cars and an observation car at its world-class production facility in Antrim. The interior design of the carriages reflects Dublin’s Georgian Architecture, with inspiration taken from the Irish landscape.