The L'Oiseau Bleu TEE – The Blue Bird.
The name of one of the most famous TEE trains goes back to the year 1929, when the “Compagnie International des Waggons Lits” (CIWL) christened its new deluxe train from Paris via Brussels to Antwerp with the name “The Blue Bird”, in the original “L'Oiseau Bleu”. With a short interruption during World War II, the train took up its original route again in 1947, but this time only between Paris and Brussels. In 1957, the age of the TEE was ushered in and the famous “L'Oiseau Bleu” train connection was a core TEE route right from the beginning. Like all TEE locomotives and cars, the newest motive power and rolling stock was used here to offer passengers a swift, comfortable trip in 1st class only. For a long time the characteristic PBA design INOX cars were typical for the “L'Oiseau Bleu” and the motive power was usually either the French class CC 40100 or the Belgian class 18, which were essentially the same locomotives. With reorganization of the connection between Paris and Brussels TEE service was stopped between these two metropolitan areas and with it the prestigious name “L'Oiseau Bleu” disappeared on June 3, 1984 after 55 years.