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BELGIQUE / BELGIË - BELGIUM

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4 Oct. 1976

The system after the opening of Métro line No.1 and the Pré-Métro line under the central boulevards (accommodating tram lines 52,55,58,62 and 81), and 2 years before the last vicinal trams ran.




BELGIQUE / BELGIË - BELGIUM

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ABBREVIATIONS ON THE MAP

AL/KW Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet P/P Palais / Paleizen
Br Brugmann PL Place de Luxembourg
DB De Brouckère PM/KMP Place Cardinal Mercier / Kardinaal Mercierplein
GC/CS Gare Centrale / Centraal Station PN/NP Porte de Namur / Naamsepoort
GM/ZS G. du Midi / Zuidstation PNv/NfP Porte de Ninove / Ninoofse Poort
HS Houba de Strooper R Rogier
L/L Louise / Louiza    

ROUTES

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

TRAM ROUTES

  18 Pl. St.Lambert - De Greef - Yser / IJzer - Rogier - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Boulevards - Louise/ Louiza - Janson - Vanderkindere - Fort Jaco
  19 Groot-Bijgaarden - Schweitzer - Simonis - Yser / IJzer - Rogier - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Boulevards - St.Gilles/ St.Gillis - St.Denis/St.Denijs
  23 Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek - Diamant - Montgomery - Etterbeek - Buyl - Legrand - Churchill
  32 Werrie - Yser / IJzer - Rogier - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Boulevards - Louise/ Louiza - Legrand - Buyl - Marie-José - Wiener
  35 Porte de Namur / Naamsepoort - La Chasse/ De Jacht - Hankar - Transvaal
  39 Montgomery - Woluwe - Stockel / Stokkel
  44 Montgomery - Woluwe - Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud - Tervuren
  52 Av. Meysse/ Meisese Laane - De Wand - Heembeek - G. du Nord / Noordstation - De Brouckère - G. du Midi / Zuidstation - Verhaegen - Forest / Vorst - St.Denis/St.Denijs - Stalle - Drogenbos
  55 Pl. de la Paix/ Vredepl. - G. du Nord / Noordstation - De Brouckère - G. du Midi / Zuidstation - Horta - Albert - Silence / Stilte
  58 Vilvoorde - Buda - G. du Nord / Noordstation - De Brouckère - G. du Midi / Zuidstation - Verhaegen - Av. du Pont-de-Luttre - St.Denis/St.Denijs - Stalle - Danco
  62 Montgomery - Merode - Pl.Dailly - G. du Nord / Noordstation - De Brouckère - G. du Midi / Zuidstation - Clemenceau - G. de l’Ouest / Weststation - Schweitzer - Berchem
  81 Montgomery - Merode - La Chasse / De Jacht - Flagey - Janson - Horta - Verhaegen - G. du Midi / Zuidstation - De Brouckère - G. du Nord / Noordstation - Bockstael [81C: - Centenaire/Eeuwfeestwijk]
  90 Rogier - G. du Nord / Noordstation - Diamant - Montgomery - Etterbeek - Buyl - Legrand - Churchill - Vanderkindere - Albert - Horta - Verhaegen - G. du Midi / Zuidstation
  92 Av. Meysse/ Meisese Laane - De Wand - Heembeek - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Palais / Paleizen - Louise/ Louiza - Janson - Vanderkindere - Danco
  93 Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Palais / Paleizen - Place de Luxembourg - Flagey - Brugmann
  94 Place Cardinal Mercier / Kardinaal Mercierplein - Bockstael - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Palais / Paleizen - Louise/ Louiza - Legrand - Buyl - Marie-José
101 G. du Midi / Zuidstation - Porte de Ninove / Ninoofse Poort - Yser / IJzer - Rogier - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Boulevards - G. du Midi / Zuidstation [Circular route, both directions]
102 Pl. Mennekens pl. - G. de l’Ouest / Weststation - Yser / IJzer - Rogier - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Boulevards - G. du Midi / Zuidstation
103 Houba de Strooper - De Greef - Simonis - Yser / IJzer - Rogier - Botanique / Kruidtuin - Boulevards - G. du Midi / Zuidstation - Saint-Guidon / Sint-Guido - Bizet - CERIA/COOVI

METRO ROUTE (2 BRANCHES)

  1 De Brouckère - G. Centrale / Centraal Station - Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet - Merode - Beaulieu / Tomberg

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

INTERURBAN (VICINAL) TRAM ROUTES

These vicinal tram routes stopped operation on 31 July 1978.

  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.
  • Métro: ? 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.


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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