New lease of life for former TEE coaches in Cuba

FRENCH and Cuban railways agreed in mid-2018 to co-operate in renovating workshops at Luyanó and Camagüey in Cuba, and to refurbish the former French Railways (SNCF) Trans-Europ-Express (TEE) ‘Inox-TEE’ stainless steel carriages, which SNCF sold to Cuba in the late-1990s. 

Chinese-built type DF7G-C No. 52556 shunts carriages from the ‘Tren Especial’ train 11 from Havana to Santiago de Cuba at Camagüey on March 15, 2018. Behind the postal coach are three ex-SNCF Inox-TEE carriages. CHRIS WEST

The TEE vehicles were built in the 1960s and once operated the most prestigious international trains connecting France to neighbouring countries. 

Read more in the March 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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