These compositions are often approximate because I lack some vehicles. The trains 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.
Ten coaches. A U-type sleeping car (ex-Y) lacks.
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.
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 four last cars of the above train are brought to Gare de Lyon by a Diesel loco BB 63000, via la petite ceinture (Little Belt), to be connected to the Direct Orient. Source : forum.e-train.fr.
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. The DB Bm234 coach replaces an ABm225.
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.