THE GS TRAM SITE

BRUXELLES / BRUSSEL - BRUSSELS

BELGIQUE / BELGIË - BELGIUM

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31 Jan. 1975

The Brussels tram network on the day of the prolongation of Pré-Métro line "Grande Ceinture" between Diamant and Boileau.




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INSET: CENTRAL BRUSSELS

Brussels 1975 central tram map



I created the above maps by overlaying OpenStreetMap (OSM) maps with my own data. Copyright on the OSM maps is © OpenStreetMap contributors, licensed under a CC-BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licence).

Please note that the OSM maps used as a template for these maps corresponds to the situation at the time the map was downloaded and may show features that did not exist at the time the GS Tram Site is supposed to show. In particular, it may show bridges and highways that were built later.

ABBREVIATIONS ON THE MAPS

AL/KW Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet PE Princesse Elisabeth / Prinses Elisabeth
DB De Brouckère PH/Hp Porte de Hal / Hallepoort
DBr / HB Duchesse de Brabant / Hertogin van Brabant PN/NP Porte de Ninove / Ninoofse Poort
GC / CS Gare Centrale / Centraal Station PNa/Nap Porte de Namur / Naamse Poort
HS Houba de Strooper      

ROUTES

TRAM ROUTES

Operator: Société des transports intercommunaux bruxellois (STIB) / Maatschappij voor het Intercommunaal Vervoer te Brussel (MIVB)

  18 St.Lambert - De Greef - Yser / IJzer - [Prémétro tunnel "Petite ceinture": Rogier - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet - Porte de Namur / Naamse Poort] - Louise / Louiza - Janson - Vanderkindere - Dieweg - Fort Jaco
  19 Grand-Bigard / Groot-Bijgaarden - Schweitzer - Simonis - Yser / IJzer - [Prémétro tunnel "Petite ceinture": Rogier - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet - Porte de Namur / Naamse Poort] - St.Gilles / St.Gillis - Wiels - St.Denis / St.Denijs
  23 Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek - Princesse Elisabeth / Prinses Elisabeth - Meiser - [Prémétro tunnel "Grande ceinture": Diamant - Montgomery] - Boileau - Arsenal / Arsenaal - Etterbeek - Buyl - Legrand - Churchill
  25 Ste.-Catherine / Sint-Katelijne - [Pré-métro: De Brouckère - Gare Centrale / Centraal Station - Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet - Schuman] - La Chasse / De Jacht - Arsenal / Arsenaal - Hankar - Auderghem / Oudergem - Transvaal
  32 Werrie - Yser / IJzer - [Prémétro tunnel "Petite ceinture": Rogier - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet - Porte de Namur / Naamse Poort] - Louise / Louiza - Legrand - Buyl - Marie-José - Boitsfort / Bosvoorde
  35 Porte de Namur / Naamsepoort - La Chasse / De Jacht - Arsenal / Arsenaal - Hankar - Auderghem / Oudergem - Transvaal
  39 Ste.-Catherine / Sint-Katelijne - [Pré-métro: De Brouckère - Gare Centrale / Centraal Station - Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet - Schuman] - Porte de Tervuren - Montgomery - Woluwe - Stockel / Stokkel
  41 Porte de Namur / Naamsepoort - Jourdan - Porte de Tervuren - Montgomery - Woluwe - Stockel / Stokkel
  44 Ste.-Catherine / Sint-Katelijne - [Pré-métro: De Brouckère - Gare Centrale / Centraal Station - Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet - Schuman] - Porte de Tervuren - Montgomery - Woluwe - Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud - Tervuren
  45 Porte de Namur / Naamsepoort - Jourdan - Porte de Tervuren - Montgomery - Woluwe - Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud - Tervuren
  52 av. de Meysse / Meiseselaan - De Wand - Heembeek - Liedts - Tunnel Thomas - G. du Nord / Noordstation - Rogier - De Brouckère - Bourse / Beurs - G. du Midi / Zuidstation - Wiels - St.Denis / St.Denijs - Stalle - Drogenbos
  55 Pl. de la Paix / Vredepl. - Tilleul / Linde - Verboekhoven - Liedts - Tunnel Thomas - G. du Nord / Noordstation - Rogier - De Brouckère - Bourse / Beurs - G. du Midi / Zuidstation - Porte de Hal / Hallepoort - St.Gilles / St.Gillis - Albert - Uccle / Ukkel - Silence / Stilte
  58 Vilvoorde - Machelen - Liedts - Tunnel Thomas - G. du Nord / Noordstation - Rogier - De Brouckère - Bourse / Beurs - G. du Midi / Zuidstation - Wiels - Forest Centre / Vorst Centrum - St.Denis / St.Denijs - Stalle - Uccle / Ukkel
  62 Porte de Tervuren - Dailly - Sainte-Marie / Sint-Maria - Liedts - Tunnel Thomas - G. du Nord / Noordstation - Rogier - De Brouckère - Bourse / Beurs - G. du Midi / Zuidstation - G. de l’Ouest / Weststation - Mennekens - Schweitzer - Berchem
  81 Meudon - Montgomery - La Chasse / De Jacht - Flagey - Janson - St.Gilles / St.Gillis - Verhaegen - G. du Midi / Zuidstation - Bourse / Beurs - De Brouckère - Rogier - G. du Nord / Noordstation - Bockstael [81C: - St.Lambert - Centenaire / Eeuwfeestwijk]
  90 G. du Nord / Noordstation - Tunnel Thomas - Liedts - av. Rogier / Rogierlaan - Meiser - [Prémétro tunnel "Grande ceinture": Diamant - Montgomery] - Boileau - Arsenal / Arsenaal - Etterbeek - Buyl - Legrand - Churchill - Vanderkindere - Albert - St.Gilles / St.Gillis - Verhaegen - G. du Midi / Zuidstation
  92 av. de Meysse / Meiseselaan - De Wand - Heembeek - Princesse Elisabeth / Prinses Elisabeth - Verboekhoven - Sainte-Marie / Sint-Maria - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Palais / Paleizen - Louise/ Louiza - Janson - Vanderkindere - Danco
  93 Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek - Princesse Elisabeth / Prinses Elisabeth - Verboekhoven - Sainte-Marie / Sint-Maria - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Palais / Paleizen - Luxembourg - Blyckaerts - Flagey - Brugmann
  94 Mercier - Bockstael - Tunnel Thomas - Liedts - Sainte-Marie / Sint-Maria - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Palais / Paleizen - Louise/ Louiza - Legrand - Buyl - Marie-José
101 G. du Midi / Zuidstation - Porte de Ninove / Ninoofse Poort - Yser / IJzer - [Prémétro tunnel "Petite ceinture": Rogier - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet - Porte de Namur / Naamse Poort] - Louise / Louiza - Porte de Hal / Hallepoort - G. du Midi / Zuidstation [Circular route, both directions]
102 Mennekens - G. de l’Ouest / Weststation - Duchesse de Brabant / Hertogin van Brabant - Yser / IJzer - [Prémétro tunnel "Petite ceinture": Rogier - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet - Porte de Namur / Naamse Poort] - Louise / Louiza - Porte de Hal / Hallepoort - G. du Midi / Zuidstation
103 Houba de Strooper - De Greef - Miroir / Spiegel - Simonis - Yser / IJzer - [Prémétro tunnel "Petite ceinture": Rogier - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet - Porte de Namur / Naamse Poort] - Louise / Louiza - Porte de Hal / Hallepoort - G. du Midi / Zuidstation - Anderlecht - Saint-Guidon / Sint-Guido - Bizet - CERIA / COOVI
    R Ste.-Catherine / Sint-Katelijne - [Pré-métro: De Brouckère - Gare Centrale / Centraal Station - Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet - Schuman] - Porte de Tervuren - Montgomery [Rush-hour or supplementary service]

NB: Route designation R is for the convenience of readers only, it was not used by the operator. It stands for renfort, French for "increased frequency".

INTERURBAN (VICINAL) TRAM ROUTES

Operator: Société nationale des chemins de fer vicinaux (SNCV) / Nationale Maatschappij van Buurtspoorwegen (NMVB)

  G Rogier - Yser / IJzer - Bockstael - Pl. St.Lambert - De Wand - Beven – Grimbergen
  S Rogier - Yser / IJzer - Bockstael - Pl. St.Lambert - De Wand - Beven – Vilvoorde
  W Rogier - Yser / IJzer - Bockstael - Pl. St.Lambert - Wemmel


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Trams: ? km.


HISTORY

  • Urban trams: (horse-drawn) 1 May 1869 - ?; (steam) 1879 - ?; (electric) 1 May 1894 - today.
  • Interurban trams: (steam) 8 Sept. 1887 - 25 July 1937; (electric) 21 June 1894 - 31 July 1978.
  • Métro: (pré-métro) 1969 - today; (true métro) 20 Sept. 1976 - today.

GAUGE

  • Trams (TB, then STIB): 1435 mm.
  • Trams (CFE): 1000 mm.
  • Interurban trams (SNCV): 1000 mm.
  • Métro: 1435 mm.

TRAM PRESERVATION

The Brussels Tram Museum (Le musée du Transport Urbain Bruxellois / Het Brussels Trammuseum) in Woluwe has a large number of preserved Brussels trams and runs some of them regularly on the Brussels tram network for tourists.

https://trammuseum.brussels/

SOURCES

PRINT

  • Brussels: Railway & tramway map. Exeter [England]: Quail Map Co., 1984.
  • Davies, W.J.K. The Vicinal story - Light railways in Belgium, 1885-1991.Scarborough [England]: Light Rail Transit Association, 2nd ed., 2006.
  • De Meurs, J. "The 1958 World Fair and the Brussels tramways", The Modern Tramway, Sept. 1958 (21:249), p.198-209.
  • Decock, P. La STIB quadragénaire: aspects divers d'une histoire mouvementée. Bruxelles. STIB, 1994.
  • Hansart, Y.-L. & Skelsey, G. "Brussels: Tramways plan for a rosy future", Tramways & Urban Transit, July 2005 (68:811), p.260-265.
  • Historique des lignes des tramways bruxellois. Bruxelles: Musée privé de documentation ferroviaire (MUPDOFER), 1990.
  • Kirk, D.D. "Vicinal Route List", Modern Tramway & Light Railway Review, Jan. 1963 (26:301), p.27-28.
  • Koenot, L., Justens, S. & Hamal, T. Tram 2000 - Flash 1996. Bruxelles: Hamal, 1996.
  • Skelsey, G. "Brussels tramways: The last three years", Tramways & Urban Transit, Jan. 2002 (64:769), p.12-15.
  • Pulling, N. "Systems Factfile No.50: Brussels, Belgium", Tramways & Urban Transit, Nov. 2011 (74: 887), p.435-438.
  • Skelsey, G. "The end of the Brussels 7000-class PCCs", Tramways & Urban Transit, Apr. 2010 (73: 868), p.142-143.
  • Skelsey, G. "Tramways of the STIB since the Second World War", Tramways & Urban Transit, July 1999 (62:739), p.252-255.
  • Skelsey, G & Hansart, Y.-L. "Brussels: Developing the Metro", Tramways & Urban Transit, Apr. 2014 (77: 916), p.165-167.
  • Skelsey, G & Hansart, Y.-L. "Still growing: Brussels' tramway expands", Tramways & Urban Transit, March 2014 (77: 915), p.112-116.

WIKIS

WEB SITES

Also, thanks to Guy Cools (from Brussels, Belgium) for information obtained through personal communication.


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