Locomotive Quadricourant CC 40100 - Trans Europ Express (Train) - Framed Picture - 11" x 14"
The Trans Europ Express, or Trans-Europe Express (TEE), is a former international first-class railway service in western and central Europe that was founded in 1957 and ceased in 1995.
At the height of its operations, in 1974, the TEE network comprised 45 trains, connecting 130 different cities, from Barcelona, in the west to Austria in the east, and from Denmark to Southern Italy.
TEE was a network jointly operated by the railways of West Germany (DB), France (SNCF), Switzerland (SBB-CFF-FFS), Italy (FS) and the Netherlands. Although some trains passed through Belgium from the beginning, the Belgian national railway company (NMBS/SNCB) joined the program only in 1964. Luxembourg (CFL) also joined at a later date.
The idea was for a network of fast and comfortable transnational rail network that would be attractive to businessmen and other regular travellers. All trains were first-class-only and required payment of a special supplement over the normal first-class ticket price, the amount of which depended on the distance covered.