Chronologic history
Note: in this overview relief trains are omitted.
For the purpose of the information it is important to note that the introduction
of daylight saving time (summer time) varied a lot between the countries
involved. Introduction was as follows: 1966: Italy, 1974: Spain, 1976:
France, 1977: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, 1980: Germany and
1981: Switzerland. (These are all the countries where times are mentioned
during a transition.) More information on this can be found in the
timezone pages.
Graphical history
The picture below shows the number of TEE trains running each season (summer
or winter) from 1957 to 1995, a pair counts as two. For ease of reference
it includes a grid. The horizontal lines are put at 10 trains with a dot for
each season, the vertical lines are put at 5 years with a dot for each 2 trains.
The dashes at the bottom mark the start of the summer season for each year.
Trains shown in red are without counterpart (running oneway only), the
green trains are the Lufthansa Airport Express
trains that are not really TEE trains. Note that sometimes changes occur
during a season, these are always put halfway the season. Also the vertical
lines are set off a bit agains the real start of the season to avoid
confusion with staggered edges.
Detailed history
 Summer 1957

 Introduced:

l'Arbalète
Edelweiss
Etoile du Nord
Helvetia
Ile de France
Mont Cenis
Oiseau Bleu
RheinMain
RuhrParis and ParisRuhr
Saphir
10 pairs introduced; balance: 10 pairs.
 August 1957

 Introduced:

Ligure
1 pair introduced; balance: 11 pairs.
 Winter 1957/58

 Introduced:

Parsifal
Mediolanum
2 pairs introduced; balance: 13 pairs.
 Summer 1958

 Introduced:

Lemano
1 pair introduced; balance: 14 pairs.
 Summer 1961

 Introduced:

Cisalpin
Gottardo
Ticino
3 pairs introduced; balance: 17 pairs.
 Summer 1963

 Introduced:

Brabant (one direction)
1 train introduced; balance: 17 pairs and 1 train.
 September 1963

 Introduced:

Brabant (second direction)
1 train introduced; balance: 18 pairs.
 Summer 1965

 Introduced:

Blauer Enzian
Diamant
le Mistral
Rheingold
Rheinpfeil
5 pairs introduced; balance: 23 pairs.
 Summer 1967

The first big renumbering took place in this year
 Introduced:

Rembrandt
1 pair introduced; balance: 24 pairs.
 February 1969

 Introduced:

le Lyonnais
1 pair introduced; balance: 25 pairs.
 Summer 1969

 Introduced:

Catalan Talgo
Roland
2 pairs introduced; balance: 27 pairs.
 Winter 1969/70

 Introduced:

Bavaria
1 pair introduced; balance: 28 pairs.
 Summer 1970

 Introduced:

Goethe
1 pair introduced; balance: 29 pairs.
 Winter 1970/71

 Introduced:

le Capitole (2 pairs, du matin and du soir)
2 pairs introduced; balance: 31 pairs.
 Summer 1971

The second renumbering took place in this year
 Introduced:

l'Aquitaine
Kléber
le Rhodanien
3 pairs introduced; balance: 34 pairs.
 Winter 1971/72

 Abandoned:

Rheinpfeil
 Introduced:

l'Etendard
Prinz Eugen
Stanislas
1 pair abandoned, 3 pairs introduced; balance: 36 pairs.
 Summer 1972

RheinMain renamed to van Beethoven
Balance unchanged.
 Winter 1972/73

 Abandoned:

Mont Cenis
1 pair abandoned; balance: 35 pairs.
 Summer 1973

RuhrParis and ParisRuhr renamed to Molière
 Introduced:

Adriatico
Erasmus
2 pairs introduced; balance: 37 pairs.
 Winter 1973/74

 Introduced:

Cycnus
Vesuvio
2 pairs introduced; balance: 39 pairs.
 Summer 1974

 Abandoned:

Ticino
 Introduced:

Ambrosiano
Aurora
Iris
Merkur
il Settebello
1 pair abandoned, 5 pairs introduced; balance: 43 pairs.
 Winter 1974/75

 Introduced:

Memling
Rubens
2 pairs introduced; balance: 45 pairs.
 Summer 1975

 Abandoned:

Aurora
Goethe
2 pairs abandoned; balance: 43 pairs.
 Summer 1976

 Abandoned:

Diamant
1 pair abandoned; balance: 42 pairs.
 Summer 1977

 Abandoned:

Bavaria
1 pair abandoned; balance: 41 pairs.
 Winter 1977/78

 Abandoned:

le Lyonnais
1 pair abandoned; balance: 40 pairs.
 Summer 1978

 Abandoned:

Cycnus
Merkur
Prinz Eugen
 Introduced:

Gambrinus
3 pairs abandoned, 1 pair introduced; balance: 38 pairs.
 Winter 1978/79

 Introduced:

Faidherbe
Gayant
Watteau
3 pairs introduced; balance: 41 pairs.
 Summer 1979

Blauer Enzian renamed to Diamant(2)
 Abandoned:

l'Arbalète
van Beethoven
Edelweiss
Helvetia
Molière
Parsifal
Saphir
 Introduced:

Bacchus
Friedrich Schiller
Goethe(2)
Heinrich Heine
7 pairs abandoned, 4 pairs introduced; balance: 38 pairs.
 Winter 1979/80

 Abandoned:

le Rhodanien
1 pair abandoned; balance: 37 pairs.
 Summer 1980

 Abandoned:

Bacchus
Erasmus
Roland
 Introduced:

Albert Schweitzer
3 pairs abandoned, 1 pair introduced; balance: 35 pairs.
 Summer 1981

 Abandoned:

Diamant(2)
Iris
 Introduced:

Jules Verne
2 pairs abandoned, 1 pair introduced; balance: 34 pairs.
 Summer 1982

 Abandoned:

le Capitole (one pair)
Catalan Talgo
Friedrich Schiller
Lemano
Ligure
5 pairs abandoned; balance: 29 pairs.
 Winter 1982/83

 Abandoned:

le Mistral
Stanislas
2 pairs abandoned; balance: 27 pairs.
 Summer 1983

 Abandoned:

Albert Schweitzer
Gambrinus
Goethe(2)
Heinrich Heine
Rembrandt
 Introduced:

Lufthansa Airport Express (4 pairs)
5 pairs abandoned, 4 pairs introduced; balance: 26 pairs.
 Winter 1983/84

 Abandoned:

Gayant (one direction)
1 train abandoned; balance 25 pairs and 1 train.
 January 1984

 Abandoned:

Cisalpin
1 pair abandoned; balance: 24 pairs and 1 train.
 Summer 1984

il Settebello renamed to Colosseum
 Abandoned:

l'Aquitaine
Brabant
l'Etendard
Etoile du Nord
Mediolanum
Memling
Oiseau Bleu
7 pairs abandoned; balance: 17 pairs and 1 train.
 Winter 1984/85

 Abandoned:

le Capitole (remainder)
1 pair abandoned; balance: 16 pairs and 1 train.
 Summer 1985

 Abandoned:

Gayant (other direction)
1 train abandoned; balance: 16 pairs.
 Summer 1987

 Abandoned:

Adriatico
Ambrosiano
Colosseum
Ile the France
Rheingold
Rubens
Vesuvio
7 pairs abandoned; balance: 9 pairs.
 Winter 1988/89

 Abandoned:

Gottardo
1 pair abandoned; balance: 8 pairs.
 Summer 1989

 Abandoned:

Kléber
1 pair abandoned; balance: 7 pairs.
 Winter 1989/90

 Abandoned:

Faidherbe
Watteau
Jules Verne
3 pair abandoned; balance: 4 pairs.
 Summer 1993

 Abandoned:

Lufthansa Airport Express (all 4 pairs)
4 pairs abandoned; balance: 0 pairs.
 Winter 1993/94

 Introduced:

Brabant
Ile the France
Rubens
Watteau(2)
4 pairs introduced; balance: 4 pairs.
 January 1995

 Abandoned:

Brabant
Ile the France (one direction)
Rubens
Watteau(2) (one direction)
2 pairs and 2 trains abandoned; balance: 2 trains.
 Summer 1995

 Abandoned:

Ile the France (second direction)
Watteau(2) (second direction)
2 trains abandoned; balance: 0 pairs.