World Railways Photograph Catalogue - Restoration & Archiving Trust

Railway & Tramway Systems in Belgium


Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Vicinaux metre railcar number AR.2 stands at Marbehan awaiting departure time on a service working to St Cecile - 2nd July 1938. Further information supplied by a group of Vicinal historians - This vehicle had only then recently been rebuilt in this form, in which it did not survive long, as it was severely damaged during the invasion in 1940. Photo V R Webster

The pictures in this gallery cover the following categories

The first section covers the national carrier Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen (NMBS) or Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Belges (SNCB) that was formed in 1926 completing a process of nationalisation that had been developing for many years. In addition at the end there are a few pictures covering the enthusiast run tourist lines of more recent years.

The coverage of the industrial railways dates back to the 1960s & 1970s and is largely a collection of locomotive portraits like the other sections here.

As regards tramway systems, up until the late 1980s the larger cities had their own systems and there were the remnants of the once large network of lines owned by the Nationale Maatschappij van Buurtspoorwegen/Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Vicinaux. There are more details of history of the tram systems on the Tramways page.


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