Belgian railway line 25

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Belgian railway line 25
Nekkerspoel NMBS 809 02.JPG
NMBS 809 (type MS75) arrives at platform 4 of Mechelen Nekkerspoel station in 2012
Overview
Status Operational
Locale Belgium
Termini Brussels-North railway station
Antwerpen-Luchtbal railway station
Operation
Opened 1835-2007
Operator(s) National Railway Company of Belgium
Technical
Line length 48 km (30 mi)
Number of tracks double track
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 3 kV DC
Route map

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Line from Brussels-South
0.0 Brussels-North
Line from Namur
Line to Ghent
2.4 Schaarbeek
Line to Leuven
Line to Halle
7.3 Buda
from Leuven
9.4 Vilvoorde
13.6 Eppegem
to Muizen
15.9 Weerde
from Dendermonde
20.4 Mechelen
to Leuven
22.0 Mechelen-Nekkerspoel
26.5 Sint-Katelijne-Waver
River Nete
28.9 Duffel
to Lier
33.8 Kontich
36.2 Hove
to Mortsel
38.1 Mortsel-Oude-God
39.7 Mortsel-Deurnesteenweg
from Mortsel
from Lier
Line from Ghent
42.8 Antwerpen-Berchem
Line to Roosendaal
43.8 Antwerpen-Centraal
Line from Antwerpen-Centraal
Albert Canal
47.6 Antwerpen-Luchtbal
HSL 4 to Rotterdam
Line to Roosendaal

The Belgian railway line 25 is the oldest railway line in Belgium. It connects the main two cities in Belgium: Brussels and Antwerp. The section between Brussels and Mechelen was completed in on May 5, 1835 and was the first railroad in Belgium. On May 3, 1836, the second section (between Mechelen and Antwerp) was opened. It was extended to Luchtbal in the north of Antwerp in 2007 in order to shorten the route from Amsterdam to Brussels. The total line runs 47.6 km.[1]

Over most of its length it is paralleled by line 27 so that 4 tracks are available. During business hours, line 25 serves fast trains while local trains use line 27.

A recent addition is line 25N, which branches off south of Mechelen to follow the E19 motorway into the Diabolo to Brussels National Airport.

The line goes through the following stations:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ligne 25 : Bruxelles-Nord - Antwerpen-Centraal". BelRail.be. 10 August 2007. 
  • [1] Local language network overview