These compositions are often approximate because I lack some vehicles. The train photos are obtained by juxtaposing partial photos, much like a panorama. Only the catenary, both for the photographs and for the videos, is not real, but is a simple drawing. I think the connoisseurs will have unmasked me!
Minimum composition (motor + trailer).
Seven cars. Basic composition.
Eight cars. Not exact reproduction: the mixed 2nd class/luggage, B6D Rapide, is replaced with a B5Dt Express; a B11tz is replaced with a B9t; the tail A7 has been converted to A3B4. Source: Jean Carluy on the Loco-Revue forum.
Four cars of SNCB M2 type. Source: Ferrovissime No. 60 of May 2013.
Forteen vehicles : seven B10t USI cars ; three A4t4 USI cars ; two B5Dd2 mixed UIC cars ; one Gril Express dining car ; one car carrier DD from Fréjus. Source : Ferrovissime No. 57 of February 2013.
I put a BB 16500 to vary a little, because the BB 16000 is used on many other compositions. Normally, the 16500 is able to pull this train on schedule not too tense.
Seven coaches, of which two car transporters. Source : forum.e-train.fr.
Eleven coaches. Source : Nord RA booklet summer 1973. On days other than Monday, there is one less A4t4 USI, but two more Nord luggage vans, which I don’t have… I also had to replace the DEV stainless steel A6rtu car (kitchen) with an A5rtu (bar).
Forteen coaches. The B4D OCEM RA replaces a Sud-Est modernized coach. An ex-DR luggage van replaces a Dd2 Est. The four leading cars are cut at Longuyon and are taken to Nancy by a BB 13000 electric loco. Source : forum.e-train.fr. I used to take this train during my studies in Nancy.
Twelve coaches. The B4D OCEM RA replaces a Sud-Est modernized coach. One A4c4B5c5 UIC and one B9c9x UIC on either side of the sleeping car lack. On sunday night, the Est B11 coaches at the tail end bring the troufions (soldiers) back to Strasbourg. Source : forum.e-train.fr. The Lille-Basel route is the longest one-way travelled by a BB 16000: 649 km (about 400 miles).
Twelve coaches. The four last cars are to Milano, San Remo and Trieste by the Direct Orient. Source : forum.e-train.fr.
The five last cars of the above train are brought to Gare de Lyon by a Diesel loco BB 63500, via la petite ceinture (Little Belt), to be connected to the Direct Orient. Source : forum.e-train.fr.
Seven cars. In the source, this train is towed by a 67400. But these machines only appeared in the Nord (Longueau) in 1974. I preferred to use my new 68053. The 68000 (Caen) were visible in Boulogne in the early 1970s. I had to replace two B11t with B9t due to lack of sufficient stock. Source: 15063 on Loco-Revue forum.
Eleven coaches. The UIC B9c9x coach replaces one A4c4B5c5x. The B4D OCEM RA replaces a Sud-Est modernized car. Source : Ferrovissimo No. 11.
Eight coaches. Composition all PBA + one A8uj Mistral.
Source : La légende des Trans-Europ-Express by M. Mertens, p. 233. One A8uj lacks at the tail end for a typical composition (9 coaches), but it’s possible to make a 1974 composition (7 coaches) by removing one A8uj.
Eight coaches. The DB Bm234 coach replaces an ABm225.
Eleven coaches. One sleeping-car type U in TEN livery replaced with a MU in CIWL livery, and three car transporters, lack. The loc should be a 25500. Source : Loco-Revue forum, Ici et ailleurs.
Ten cars. Actual composition picked up by Gorri, a member of the Loco-Revue forum.
Seven coaches. Source : forum.e-train.fr.
Seven coaches. The VTU coaches should wear the orange C1 livery. Source : beluxtrains.net.
Six coaches. BB 17040 pushing.
Forteen coaches. The UIC and DEV coaches should probably all be in C160 livery. The BB 16000 should have its buffer beams reinforced. Finally, a Nord Dd2 van lacks. Source : forum.e-train.fr.
Nine coaches. The UIC coaches should probably all be in C160 livery. I’ve replaced a 40100 loco with a 16 series belgian loco to get some variety. Source : forum.e-train.fr.
Ten coaches. The composer had some worries: first, he had to replace some cars planned in livery C1 by Coral ones. Second, the DB WRmh132 dining car, unavailable, had to be replaced with a SNCF Vru DEV 62.
Four coaches. The actual trains are usually composed of two four-car sets. The cars are connected by electric couplings made by me.
Free but likely composition.
Free composition. Many thanks to B10C10UX for the soundtrack! 9 vehicles.
Free and whimsical composition, because for example the “EDF” hoppers only run in homogeneous trains. It’s just an opportunity to show some obscurs et sans grade (obscure and ungraded). 25 vehicles.
Free and whimsical composition. The shunter is a Y 50100. 10 vehicles.
Free and whimsical composition of covered wagons, “standard” (type G) and special (type H, with sliding walls). 34 vehicles.
Et nous les petits, les obscurs, les sans-grades,
Nous qui marchions fourbus, blessés, crottés, malades…
Edmond Rostand - L’Aiglon.