Belgian railway line 96

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Belgian railway line 96
Quévy rail 1982 03.jpg
A freight train on line 96 in 1982
TerminiBrussels-South railway station
Mons railway station
Operator(s)National Railway Company of Belgium
Line length85 km (53 mi)
Number of tracksdouble track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification3 kV DC
Route map

Belgian Railway Line 96.png

Line from Brussels-North
0.0 Brussels-South
to Schaerbeek
Line to Charleroi
Line to Ostend
3.9 Forest-South
6.0 Ruisbroek
9.1 Lot
11.1 Buizingen
Line from Schaerbeek
13.6 Halle
Line to Tournai
16.0 Lembeek
HSL 1 to Paris
freight line to Clabecq
18.7 Tubize
freight line to Quenast
23.7 Hennuyères
29.6 Braine-le-Comte
to Luttre
35.8 Soignies
41.1 Neufvilles
44.8 Masnuy-Saint-Pierre
to Ath
48.6 Jurbise
51.6 Erbisœul
54.6 Ghlin
from Charleroi
60.3 Mons
to Valenciennes
freight line to Harmignies
67.1 Frameries
69.4 Genly
74.9 Quévy
border Belgium/France
from Bavay
to Jeumont
Line from Jeumont
223.9 Hautmont
Line to Paris

The Belgian railway line 96 is a railway line in Belgium connecting Brussels to Quévy at the border with France. A railway line then connects Quévy to Paris, France, which forms the old Brussels-Paris railway line. The line is used by TGV, Thalys trains and Eurostar trains between Brussels and Lembeek.

The first section of line 96 opened in 1840 between Brussels and Tubize.[1] The final section between Hautmont and the Belgian-French border was opened in 1858.[2]

The following stations are located on this line:


In 2010, two trains collided on the line 96, near Halle train station, causing 19 deaths.


  1. ^ "Ligne 96: Bruxelles-Midi - Quévy - (F)". (in French). 9 August 2007.
  2. ^ Direction Générale des Ponts et Chaussées et des Chemins de Fer (1869). Statistique centrale des chemins de fer. Chemins de fer français. Situation au 31 décembre 1869 (in French). Paris: Ministère des Travaux Publics. pp. 146–160.