The first of Eurostar's refreshed trains rolls out of the workshop this week, and is expected to make its debut darting between London and Paris in early August.
It's a much-needed make-over for the trains, which entered service when the cross-channel tunnel opened in 1994.
In addition to refreshed seats and interiors (above), carried out by Italian design house Pininfarina, there's an updated livery to match the new e320 trains (below left) due to start running by year's end as part of a £700 million (A$1.47 billion) fleet upgrade.
Also fitted during the refurb: wireless Internet kit, to allow travellers to stay online throughout the trip, including their brief 20 minute undersea trek through the tunnel, plus several live channels of news, music and entertainment.
However, Eurostar won't be hitting the ON switch on the current carriages – dubbed the e300s – until the launch of the similarly connected e320s. (Those numbers refer to each train's maximum speed in km/h).
The e320s will also sport reclining seats with increased legroom and at-seat AC and USB sockets...
...larger luggage areas...
... and a decidedly swish buffet car.
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