Schaarbeek railway station
|Line(s)||25, 27, 28, 36, 161|
|Owned by||National Railway Company of Belgium|
Located to the north-east of the centre of Brussels, the station mainly serves trains travelling between central Brussels and Leuven, Antwerp or Brussels National Airport. On these routes it is the first station trains pass through after the North-South connection (North, Central and South stations). Although only local trains stop at Schaerbeek, the station also serves as a terminus for a number of interregional and peak-hour services.
The station is relatively large, with 13 platforms, numbered from 3 to 15. Tracks 1 and 2 were used in the past for motorail services carrying passenger cars to destinations mainly in southern France. These were transferred to Denderleeuw station in 2000, and eventually discontinued in 2003. Schaerbeek station lies to the south-west of extensive railway grounds including a goods station and a traction workshop.
The station building in Flemish Neo-Renaissance style was designed by architect Franz Seulen and built in two phases: the left wing around 1890, the main (right) wing in 1913. The building was listed as a monument by the Brussels Capital Region in 1994 and the facades have been restored. Today, the building is largely disused though: ticket counters are open for a limited time every weekday, and concessions have been closed since the demise of the motorail services.
The square in front of the station serves as terminus for tram route 92 as well as bus route 69. Bus routes 58 and 59 also stop at Schaerbeek railway station.
As of August 2014[update], Train World, the new national railway museum of Belgium, is under construction at Schaarbeek railway station, and is scheduled to open in May 2015. So far 20.5 million € have been invested into the project, which plans to attract 100,000 visitors per year from its third year of operations onwards.
- "Gerestaureerde gevels verhullen lege binnenkant". 2005-01-05. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27.
- Train World (Open May 2015)
- Robinson, Frances (March 19, 2013). "Belgian Train Museum Had a Hard Time Getting on Track". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
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