In 1957, the Swiss Federal Railways and the Dutch State Railways placed identical TEE diesel powered rail car trains into service for the newly created TEE network. Next to the German Federal Railroad's VT 11.5, these 5 train sets were the stars of Europe's railroads where it was a question of comfort and prestige. These four-unit trains consisted of a powered end car with a performance level of 2,000 horsepower, a compartment car, a dining car, and a cab control car with an open seating area. The powered end cars were built by Werkspoor in the Netherlands and the cars were built by SIG in Switzerland. The shape of the ends of the powered cars and cab control cars reminded people of Dutch designs, and the intermediate cars had the features of Swiss passenger cars. With a total length of 97.16 meters / 318 feet 9-3/16 inches, a train set offered space for 114 passengers in first class and 32 in the dining car. With a maximum speed of 140 km/h / 88 mph, these elegant trains were used on the Amsterdam - Zürich route (TEE "Edelweiss") and Amsterdam - Paris route (TEE "Étoile du Nord" / "North Star"), and later also between Brussels and Paris (TEE "Oiseau Bleu" / "Blue Bird"). Later, these trains were also used as a TEE connection between Paris and Zürich. And, finally later they were used as the TEE "Bavaria" between Zürich and Munich.
In 1976, four sets were sold to Canada and ran on the Ontario Northland as the "Northlander" on the route between Timmins and Toronto. The powered end cars were gradually replaced by American FP7 diesels and were scrapped. Five cars are now back in Europe and are waiting for an overhaul to turn them back into the RAm TEE I.