An iconic machine
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.