Personal website of
Wim Kusee

(part : tramlines in Belgium - NMVB/SNCV)

Today

[ Coastal line ] [ Around Charleroi ]

Introduction

Today, there is only a small remain left about the large network of the NMVB. Since about 1990 the name has changed. Today the name is "De Lijn". This company not only does the operation of lines with trams and busses of the rural environment of Belgium, but also the operation of the city trams and busses in Gent and Antwerp.

On this subpage we only look at the remains of the tram-lines of the NMVB; for information about the tram in Gent and Antwerp (and in Brussel) there are several other pages.

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Coastal line

One of the remains of the NMVB is the line along the Belgian coast.
The line is split into two lines:

  • Oostende - Knokke
  • Oostende - Adinkerke
Both lines are operated as one group of lines. In special in the summer time this line is heavily used by tourists and people enjoying of the beach.

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Around Charleroi

The other remains of a large network exists around the city of Charleroi.

Around the years 1980-1990 this network was replaced by so-called "pre-metro" system. Some old lines (the line Charleroi - Anderlues and the connection with the railway station Charleroi Sud) were transformed and partly rebuilt. Also some new lines were created (to Gilly and Chatelet). The new line to Chatelet was built, but was never taken in use. Even today this line remains unused. The date of opening of the pre-metro network were :

Line Charleroi-Anderlues Date open
Charleroi Sud - Charleroi Ouest 21.6.1976
Charleroi Ouest - Charleroi Viaduc 30.6.1980
Charleroi Viaduc - Dampremy 24.5.1983
Dampremy - Marchienne 23.8.1992
Marchienne passage 28.8.1983
Marchienne - Fontaine l'Eveque 24.5.1983

Line Charleroi-Gilly Date open
Charleroi Viaduc - Beaux-Arts 24.5.1983
Charleroi Beaux-Arts - Waterloo 28.8.1992
Charleroi Waterloo - Gilly 28.8.1992

Line Waterloo-Parc Date open
Charleroi Waterloo - Parc 30.8.1996

Line Charleroi-Gosselies Date open
Charleroi - Jumet - Gosselies ??

 

Besides the lines described above and on the map, there exists a line from Charleroi to the depot in Jumet (near Gosselies). This line is only uses for service use.

There also exists a line from Gilly to Ch√Ętelet, which has been built and is almost ready. This situation already exists from about 1992. The line has only been taken into operation in about 2010.

In 2015 at last a new line to Jumet and Gosselies was taken into operation into operation (or you could better say it was rebuilt).

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