The Brabant TEE.
The introduction of the "Brabant" TEE in 1963 between Paris and Brussels by the SNCF and SNCB harkened back to the famous, legendary region in Flanders. Initially, French class X277x TEE diesel powered rail cars were used on this route, but they were soon replaced by electric, locomotive-hauled trains. The PBA design INOX cars were particularly typical for many years. These cars were only first class and offered passengers a high level of comfort in terms of seating, speed, and smoothness. This fast train connection between the two capitals had different locomotives for motive power, often the Belgian class 18 and its "parent" locomotive the SNCF's class CC 40100 der SNCF. The competition from cars and airplanes forced the SNCF and the SNCB to rethink the TEE concept and the decision was made on June 2, 1984 to stop the "Brabant" TEE service as well as other TEE connections between Paris and Brussels. From the summer of 1984 on, two-class Intercitys ran in their place, initially with almost identical cars and locomotives.