Compositions of trains

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!

TEE 83 “Ile de France” Paris-Nord - Amsterdam, beginning of sixties

Ile de France

Minimum composition (motor + trailer).

TEE 155/190 “Parsifal” Paris-Nord - Hambourg, summer 1965

TEE Parsifal

Seven cars. Basic composition.

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Train Paris - Laon, 1970

Paris - Laon

Eight cars. Not exact reproduction: the 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.

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Train 8519 Brussels - Lille in the seventies

Brussels - Lille

Four cars of SNCB M2 type. Source: Ferrovissime No. 60 of May 2013.

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Train 2225 Paris - Amiens - Lille, 1973


Forteen vehicles : seven B10t USI cars ; three A4t4 USI cars ; two B5Dd2 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.

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Train D1135 « Gallia Express » Paris Nord - Copenhagen (Osterport) summer 1973

Gallia Express 1973

Seven coaches, of which two car transporters. Source :

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Train No. 490 (Dunkirk-ferry) - Lille - Paris, on Mondays, summer 1973

Train No. 490 summer 1973

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).

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Express 492 (Dunkerque) - Lille - Charleville - Longuyon - Bâle (direct coaches to Nancy), summer 1973

Dunkerque Bâle 1973

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 : I used to take this train during my studies in Nancy.

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Rapide 396/397 Calais - Lille - Bâle / Milan and other destinations, July-August 1973

Calais Bâle 1973

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 : The Lille-Basel route is the longest one-way travelled by a BB 16000: 649 km (about 400 miles).

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Rapide 400 Calais - Boulogne - Amiens - Paris Nord, summer 1973

Calais Paris 1973

Twelve coaches. The four last cars are to Milano, San Remo and Trieste by the Direct Orient. Source :

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Junction JJ400 Paris Nord - Paris Gare de Lyon, summer 1973

Junction Paris Nord - Paris Lyon 1973

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 :

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TEE 32 “Parsifal” Hamburg-Altona Paris-Nord, summer 1974

TEE Parsifal 1974

Five cars. Since the summer 1971 service, an SNCB series 15 machine tows this train from Liège (previously, it was a CC 40100). Behind the loco, we find successively: two Avmh111, a bar car ARDmh105, a dining car WRmh132 and a central corridor car Apmh121, all of the DB. Source : La légende des TEE by Maurice Mertens and J.-P. Malaspina, p. 205.

Train Lille - Boulogne around 1974

Train Boulogne - Lille années soixante-dix

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.

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Rapide 405 “Flèche d’Or” (Golden Arrow), (Paris) - Amiens - Calais, winter 1974-1975

Flèche d’Or 1974

Eleven coaches. The UIC B9c9x coach replaces one A4c4B5c5x. The B4D OCEM RA replaces a Sud-Est modernized car. Source : Ferrovissimo No. 11.

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TEE 84 “Brabant” Brussels - Paris Nord, 1975

TEE Brabant

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.

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Train No. 259 Paris-Est - Francfurt / Main, 1977

Paris Francfort

Eight coaches. The DB Bm234 coach replaces an ABm225.

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Boulogne - Avignon (auto couchette), july 1977


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.

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Express No. 243 Paris-Nord - Hanover - Berlin - Warsaw, 9 April 1978

Paris Warsaw

Ten cars. Actual composition picked up by Gorri, a member of the Loco-Revue forum.

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Train No. 234 Copenhagen - Paris-Nord, summer 1978

Copenhague Paris 1978

Seven coaches. Source :

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Rapide No. ? Paris-Nord - Brussels - Roosendaal - Amsterdam CS, 1979

Paris Bruxelles Amsterdam

Seven coaches. The VTU coaches should wear the orange C1 livery. Source :

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2-level suburban train set


Six coaches. BB 17040 pushing.

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Rapide 491 (Paris) - Lille - Dunkerque-ferry, summer 1980

Lille - Dunkerque-ferry

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 :

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D 234 Copenhagen – Paris-Nord, winter 1980/1981

Copenhague Paris 1980

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 :

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Express No. 243 Paris-Nord - Hanover - Berlin - Warsaw, summer 1980

Paris Warsaw

Ten cars. Same train as in 1978 (above), with few changes… Source :

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Rapide 434/435 Parsifal : Köln - Liège - Maubeuge - St Quentin - Paris-Nord, winter 1980-81

Parsifal Cologne - Paris 1980

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.

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Suburban “inox” (stainless steel) train set (Paris)

Rame inox de banlieue

Four coaches. The actual trains are usually composed of two four-car sets. The cars are connected by electric couplings made by me.

Omnibus Douai-Lille


Free but likely composition.

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Double unit of X 4500 “Caravelles

Caravelles DMU

Free composition.

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Train of STEF refrigerating wagons

STE wagonsF

Free composition. Many thanks to B10C10UX for the soundtrack! 9 vehicles.

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Train of open wagons and hoppers

Open wagons and hoppers

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.

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Oil tank train

Oil tank wagons

Free and whimsical composition. The shunter is a Y 50100. 10 vehicles.

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Train of covered wagons

Covered wagons

Free and whimsical composition of covered wagons, “standard” (type G) and special (type H, with sliding walls). 34 vehicles.

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Et nous les petits, les obscurs, les sans-grades,
Nous qui marchions fourbus, blessés, crottés, malades…
Edmond Rostand - L’Aiglon.