Rubens (train)

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Rubens
Overview
Service type Trans Europ Express (TEE)
(1974–1987)
EuroCity (EC)
(1987–1993)
Trans Europ Express (TEE)
(1993–1995)
Status Replaced by TGV
Locale France
Belgium
First service 29 September 1974 (1974-09-29)
Last service 23 January 1995 (1995-01-23)
Former operator(s) NMBS /
SNCF
Route
Start Gare du Nord
Stops none
End Bruxelles-Midi / Brussel-Zuid
Distance travelled 310 km
Service frequency Daily
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC (France)
3000 V DC (Belgium)

The Rubens was an express train that linked Gare du Nord in Paris, France, with Bruxelles-Midi / Brussel-Zuid in Brussels, Belgium. The train was named after Belgian painter Peter Paul Rubens.[1]

History[edit]

Trans Europ Express[edit]

The Rubens was introduced together with the TEE Memling in the TEE-network to cope with the raising number of passengers between Paris and Brussels.[2] Both services were the first in the morning, the Rubens departed from Brussels at 6:42 in the morning, while the Memling departed from the Gare du Nord in Paris at 6:45. The return services were scheduled as the fifth of the six daily TEEs in both directions, departing around 6:45 p.m.[3]

EuroCity[edit]

In 1987 the Rubens was, like the other Paris-Brussels TEE services, integrated into the new EuroCity network,[4] on 23 May 1993 the EuroCity services between Paris and Brussels were classified as TEE again.[5] After the opening of the LGV-Nord on 23 January 1995 the Rubens was withdrawn.[6]

References[edit]

Works cited[edit]

  • Hajt, Jörg (2001). Das grosse TEE Buch (in German). Bonn/Königswinter: Heel Verlag. ISBN 3-89365-948-X. 
  • Mertens, Maurice; Malaspina, Jean-Pierre (2007). La Légende des Trans Europ Express (in French). Vannes: LR Presse. ISBN 978-29-036514-5-9.