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Antrim firm Mivan completes work on luxury train: Ireland’s answer to the Orient Express

By Margaret Canning

Here is a taste of the luxury that could be yours on Ireland’s answer to the Orient Express.

A carriage for the Belmond Grand Hibernian measuring 22m is being transported on a 22m flatbed truck from Antrim to Dublin today as the launch date for the train draws closer.

Sixty craftsmen at Antrim fit-out company Mivan — known for its work on luxury London penthouses and cruise ships — carried out the £2.5m work to update former Irish Rail carriages. Routes on the Belmond Grand Hibernian include a trip to Northern Ireland, covering Belfast, Bushmills and the Giant's Causeway. 

That is the cost per person of a two night trip into what Belmond calls ‘the realm of giants’ — from Dublin to Belfast for a visit to Titanic Belfast, and on to Bushmills and the Giant’s Causeway.

Neil Ward, chief executive of Mivan, said: “We are delighted to have completed this prestigious project for Belmond, an iconic name in rail travel, and to demonstrate yet again the superb skills offered by Northern Ireland trade and craft workers.

“Mivan, like Belmond, is a strong performer on the global stage and has a work force which has grown to 150 since 2014. We aim to employ 200 skilled staff by the end of 2017 and to prove, through projects like this, that we can deliver superlative results.”

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