Inside time capsule train used by Yugoslavian ruler Josip Broz Tito

Fascinating images have revealed the interior of former Yugoslavian leader Josip Broz Tito's private luxury train which he used to entertain guests including Queen Elizabeth II and star Elizabeth Taylor.

The custom-designed Blue Train, also known as the 'Plavi Vox', was built for Tito in 1959 and was used exclusively for his diplomatic travels with political figures and foreign statesmen both in the country and abroad.

The locomotive played host to more than 60 statesmen and travelled more than 300,000 miles across the country during Tito's rule from 1945 to 1980.

It was also used to transport Tito's coffin across Yugoslavia to his final resting place in Belgrade, Serbia, during his state funeral in May 1980.  

Now, after more than a half of century, a series of photographs have revealed the well-preserved carriages and the luxurious coaches that once played host to leaders and prominent figures from across the world.  

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The Blue Train was built for the Yugoslavian ruler Josip Broz Tito in 1959 and was used exclusively for his diplomatic travels with prominent figures from across the world

The Blue Train was built for the Yugoslavian ruler Josip Broz Tito in 1959 and was used exclusively for his diplomatic travels with prominent figures from across the world

A series of images from inside the luxury locomotive reveal the the well-preserved carriages and the luxurious coaches that once played host to the former Yugoslavian ruler

A series of images from inside the luxury locomotive reveal the the well-preserved carriages and the luxurious coaches that once played host to the former Yugoslavian ruler

The luxury train, which consists of ten coaches in so-called 'Main train' and eight coaches in so-called 'First train', comes with a study room for guests

The luxury train, which consists of ten coaches in so-called 'Main train' and eight coaches in so-called 'First train', comes with a study room for guests 

The locomotive was given its name after factory workers decided that painting it blue would allow it to be set apart from other trains in Yugoslavia

The locomotive was given its name after factory workers decided that painting it blue would allow it to be set apart from other trains in Yugoslavia

A step inside the luxury train, which consists of ten coaches in so-called 'Main train' and eight coaches in so-called 'First train', reveals an art deco interior that consists of mahogany, pear and walnut wood, according to Serbian Railways, the country's national railway company. 

Carriages inside the train also feature a President Lounge, dining room, main kitchen, lounge for guests, dining-car, a sleeping coach and energy distribution wagon.

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Meanwhile the saloons and hallways are decked out with intricate marquetry, wool carpets, velvet and silk.  

Zodiac-themed bar, apartment salon for guests, and a number of bathrooms are also available inside the time capsule train.

The locomotive was given its name after factory workers decided that painting it blue would allow it to be set apart from other trains in Yugoslavia - which were generally painted green.

During his rule, Tito welcomed a number of famous guests onboard his train including Queen Elizabeth II in 1972, French Presidents François Mitterrand, Palestinian political leader Yasser Arafat, Former President of France Charles de Gaulle and the former Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie.

Actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren were also invited onboard the luxury train during a visit to the country.

According to the travel firm Explore Montenegro, the train was hailed by Yugoslavs 'as one of the most luxurious' in the world when it took to the rails.

The train was also used to transport Tito's coffin across Yugoslavia to his final resting place in Belgrade, Serbia, after his death in May 1980. Pictured: Josip Broz Tito and his wife Jovanka in Tito's Blue train carriage

The train was also used to transport Tito's coffin across Yugoslavia to his final resting place in Belgrade, Serbia, after his death in May 1980. Pictured: Josip Broz Tito and his wife Jovanka in Tito's Blue train carriage

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