An iconic ma­chine

The Shed - - Model Making -

Swiss Fed­eral Rail­ways built five of the RAe TEE II rail­car sets in the 1960s. It had four dif­fer­ent pan­tographs, which, in con­junc­tion with their mul­ti­volt­age wiring, al­lowed the Rail­ways to operate un­der seven dif­fer­ent Euro­pean rail­way elec­tri­cal sys­tems. They all car­ried first-class pas­sen­gers only as part of the TEE network. (The red and cream colour scheme is the TEE liv­ery.) They op­er­ated on routes from Paris, Brus­sels, Am­s­ter­dam, and Ger­many, through Switzer­land and into Italy. Once the TEE network stopped op­er­at­ing, in the late 1980s, they were re­painted in a two-tone grey liv­ery and re­clas­si­fied as sec­ond-class Euro-City ex­press trains (al­though they ac­tu­ally re­tained their first-class seat­ing and fa­cil­i­ties). The two-tone-grey liv­ery earned them the nick­name ‘Grey Mouse’ in Switzer­land. They were re­tired from ser­vice in 1999. One has been pre­served by SBB His­toric. Re­stored and re­painted in its orig­i­nal liv­ery, it is based at Erst­feld in Switzer­land and runs for his­toric events. Michael and Dou­glas’ model has the same num­ber as the pre­served rail­car.

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