A3rtu Mistral 69 coach Jouef

 A3rtu Mistral 66

A3rtu TEE 66 coach - Anonymous photo in Loco-Revue Forum.

Jouef HJ4125


A3rtu TEE 66 known as “Mistral 69”

UIC number Revision date
61 87 84-89 037-7 2 19.3.74
Home: Landy

164 g; 140 g after decreasing weight (NEM: 118 to 153 g)

The first impression is favourable. The appearance is better rendered than on the LS Models’. The black and thinner window joints, as well as the wider red TEE strip (even a little too wide) contribute to this better rendering. But, if we go into the details, it’s less brilliant…

The coach is assigned to the Nord network, which is correct for the first two Mistral 69 bars. However, it is incorporated into the Cisalpin of the Sud-Est network…

This coach runs very well. Curiously, the bogie pivots are oiled (the bearings too…).

In terms of details, the steps are not easy to set up, and limit the bogie rotation. Perhaps it would have been better if the steps were attached to them. The jumpers have no location, only a moulded stump is present on the chassis. The ugly wheels are very shiny and have 1.1 mm flanges. Their back-to-back distance is 14.3 mm, a bit insufficient compared to the NEM standard (14.5 ± 0.1).

Above the buffer beam, there is a curious platform in addition to the mobile gangway, which would make the work of the coupling man complicated to say the least. The mobile gangway is not of the correct type.

The interior fittings are moulded in a single part. Disassembly is easy, both for the roof and for the chassis. However, reinforcing crosspieces block the ends and half of some compartments: it will be necessary to mill them for the lighting! Finally, the technical indication plates are very easily unglued, and there is no indication of where to put them back exactly, except for traces of glue.

In conclusion, this coach is quite disappointing for the price and especially compared to the latest DEV coaches released, which are cheaper and yet more detailed.



  • One ballast plate (26 g) removed.
  • Installation of home-made electric jumpers.
  • Electrical equipment: 3-pole conductive couplings.
  • Bogies milled to improve the running in curve with the steps mounted.
  • 23.6 mm long axles changed for longer ones (24.0) due to excessive clearance in the bearings.
  • Decoration: copper foil on the bar; shelf for glasses on the windows along the bar (this shelf was provided by Trix on their PBA coach).

Coaches called Mistral 69, built in two series by Carel et Fouché. First series (type 64-66) of two units delivered in 1968 for the Paris - Dortmund (Paris - Ruhr) route. Second series (type 70) of three units delivered in 1973-1974 to strengthen the previous route and for the Paris - Milan route (Le Cisalpin).

These coaches include a bar equipped with a six-meter-long counter and four tables allowing a dozen travelers to consume, and a compartment of 17 seats with individual armchairs with four positions and shelves for taking meals on site.

Main characteristics: tare 44 t; air-conditioned; speed limit 160 km/h. Bogies Y28 E2.

Source: Loco-Revue sheet (see in Documents heading)


  • AFAC - Chemins de Fer No. 297 of 1972.
  • Fiche Loco-Revue no 369 / 101971 - 71 c 31 (older series). Sheet preview.LR sheet
  • Les voitures TEE inox 1964-1966 in Le Train, Les archives de la DEV volume 2.
  • Encyclopédie des voitures SNCF, pages 341 to 351.
  • Wikipedia article.
  • trains-europe.fr website.
  • EC64.pagesperso-orange.fr website.

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A3rtu Mistral 66

A3rtu TEE 66 - Anonymous photo in Loco-Revue Forum.

25 500 293.1 293.5
25 140 289.0 289.5
24 200 278.2 282.0
2 858 32.9 33.0
4 050 46.6 47.0 1
18 100 208.0 207.8
(Y28) 2 560 29.4 28.6
920 10.6 10.5
  1. Average ; varies from 46.9 to 47.1.
Table of registration from Le matériel moteur SNCF
Type Order UIC No. Number
A3rtuj 66 61 87 84-89 036 and 037 2
A3rtuj 70 61 87 84-89 038 to 040 3