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Old April 25th, 2014, 02:15 AM   #441
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What is the long-term future of the old bypass of Antwerpen, where once stations Antwerpen-Dam and Antwerpen-Oost existed?
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Old April 25th, 2014, 02:36 AM   #442
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As far as I know the tracks will remain in use as they form part of a freight route from Roosendaal (towards France I guess?). There's a shunting yard about halfway the ring route, I don't expect this yard to be closed anytime soon either.

Regarding Dam and Oost stations: the idea is that these stations will re-open at the end of 2014, but I doubt this will happen given the incredibly low ridership to and from these stations. In 2009, 74 passengers embarked and disembarked at Antwerpen Oost on a weekday. At Antwerpen Dam, 89 passengers did so.

With numbers that are this low, I think it's unlikely that the costs made by the railway for serving these stations (additional power consumption for braking and accelerating, costs to call at a station) are covered by ticket income.

This is why I expect these stations will remain closed, the areas can be served by other forms of transportation to a more important station. In the vincinity of Oost station, there are plenty of buses and trams to bring passengers to a nearby intercity station: Antwerpen Berchem. From Dam, buses can bring passengers to Antwepen-Centraal where they can transfer onto a train.
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Old April 25th, 2014, 08:44 AM   #443
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What is the long-term future of the old bypass of Antwerpen, where once stations Antwerpen-Dam and Antwerpen-Oost existed?
This is a four track section with lots of freight moves, as it gives access to the port of antwerp - the only access for the time being, that is. The line is
also used for freight traffic to the Netherlands and empty passenger stock moves. But for the passenger traffic, there are few chances that it will remain.
There are currently works in progress to remove the side tracks that were used for passenger traffic (there are no platforms along the main tracks) at Oost.
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Old April 25th, 2014, 01:48 PM   #444
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Belgium has some nice stations, but also a bunch of old, worn down stations that would blend in well in the Soviet Union. Two examples that come to mind are Brussels North (the platforms and corridor at least) and Antwerpen Luchtbal.
I actually quite like Brussel Nord. Provided they maintain it well it should be kept as much as is as possible. It's a nice example of 50ies architecture.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 06:59 PM   #445
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FNM BELGIAN RAILWAYS NMBS/SNCB, ANSALDOBREDA AND FINMECCANICA CONCLUDE V250 CASE

FNM Belgian Railways NMBS/SNCB, AnsaldoBreda and Finmeccanica conclude V250 case.
The Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), AnsaldoBreda and its controlling company Finmeccanica have settled their discord regarding the V250-trains

The companies have reached an agreement on their dispute concerning the V250-trains and the termination of the V250 Purchase Agreement. The newly reached solution includes the payment of 2.5 million euros to NMBS/SNCB. The settlement was reached from the advantages both parties see in preventing lengthy legal proceedings. This agreement allows AnsaldoBreda to exert its energy and financial means towards high-speed train projects with other customers, while the NMBS/SNCB can close the case and completely focus on its business activities. The agreement will allow AnsaldoBreda to exploit the possibility of selling trains to other customers and with some customizations make them fit for other requirements and needs of such customers. As part of the agreement both parties will refrain from making financial claims, including supposed damages on both sides. NMBS/SNCB is aware that NS and NSFC have already reached a settlement agreement regarding the V250-trains and defers to the statements of NS and NS FSC in that settlement agreement.

Source: Ansaldo Breda
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Old May 5th, 2014, 08:30 PM   #446
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^ Smart Belgians (they lost €0.- amount of money on the Fyra blunder - unlike the Dutch railways, whose losses amount to a whopping €88 million.
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Old May 6th, 2014, 08:29 AM   #447
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That was their own fault. The Belgians were smart enough to refuse delivery, the Dutch accepted the train sets, despite knowing there were multiple issues with them. That's what you get when you let non-technical people handle the acquisition of a technical object like a train.
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Old May 7th, 2014, 12:37 AM   #448
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Old June 18th, 2014, 12:35 PM   #449
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Testing starts in Antwerp port rail tunnel
Wednesday, June 18, 2014





BELGIAN infrastructure manager Infrabel started test operations in the newly-completed Liefkenshoek rail tunnel in the port of Antwerp on June 16, the final phase of the project before the launch of commercial operations in December.

With the opening of the 16.2km tunnel between the east and west banks of the River Schelde, many freight trains will no longer need to run via the city of Antwerp, where they share congested infrastructure with intensive passenger services. This will relieve bottlenecks including the Kennedy rail tunnel and the Schijnpoort –Berchem line.

The new tunnel will enable freight trains to leave the Antwerp area more quickly and is intended to make Antwerp more competitive with other ports, in particular the port of Rotterdam.

The maximum speed in the tunnel is 90km/h and the link is equipped with ETCS Level 2, in line with Infrabel's strategy to equip the entire Belgian main line network with ETCS by 2022.

Construction began in 2008 and the project has been implemented as a Public Private Partnership (PPP). Driver training is expected to start in the autumn
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Old June 26th, 2014, 07:14 PM   #450
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The Hague – Brussels open-access plan shelved
Thursday, June 26, 2014



THE municipal government of The Hague and Arriva have abandoned plans to launch an open-access cross-border service linking the Dutch city with Brussels, which was due to begin operating in December 2015.

The Hague's councillor for transport Mr Peter Smit said that the municipality had found it impossible to set up the service, dubbed Lage Landen Lijn (Low Countries Line), which would have offered an alternative to Thalys and NS International services.

The main reason for the cancellation is reportedly difficulties finding viable train paths for the service, particularly on the congested section between Brussels North and Brussels South. Other reports in the Dutch press also suggest the service does not have the support of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure.

Proposals for the Lage Landen Lijn emerged as a result of dissatisfaction with the now-withdrawn Fyra service, which left The Hague without any international trains to Belgium. The tendering process was managed by The Hague Trains Holding, a limited company registered in the Netherlands which is wholly owned by the municipality of The Hague, with Arriva shouldering all of the financial risk.

Following the collapse of Fyra, a cross-border service was reintroduced but this is considerably slower than the Benelux service superseded by Fyra in December 2012
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Old September 15th, 2014, 02:58 PM   #451
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A couple of weeks ago, Infrabel (the Belgian rail infrastructure company) announced that all the rail road crossings will have their bells replaced with a setup of directional speakers to improve safety at the crossings. This is done by the same company that manages the sound installation on the crossings in the Netherlands.

Yesterday I went to one of the crossings that have been changed (according to the website http://www.belsignaal.be/) and made this video, along with another video of the crossing several hundred metres further on to make the comparison.





Personally, I didn't notice a huge difference in terms of less noise from the new signal. Both are loud enough and both could be heard when standing at the other crossing.
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Old September 15th, 2014, 05:19 PM   #452
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Is the new sound the same as the dutch sound, they sound the same?
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Old September 15th, 2014, 05:56 PM   #453
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They are, same company, same sound.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 01:53 AM   #454
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What is the final verdict on the new rail line Schaerbeek-Mechelen and the airport spur? Did it accomplish the goals in terms of increased reliability of trains between Bruxellles and Antwerpen? Is traffic to/from Zaventem at expected levels?
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Old September 16th, 2014, 06:32 AM   #455
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What is the final verdict on the new rail line Schaerbeek-Mechelen and the airport spur? Did it accomplish the goals in terms of increased reliability of trains between Bruxellles and Antwerpen? Is traffic to/from Zaventem at expected levels?
I'd say it's about 5-6 years to early to give a "final" verdict...
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Old September 17th, 2014, 05:22 AM   #456
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I like the bell better , we still use the bell here in New Jersey and it grabs ur attention more then the E-bell or noise.
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I like the bell better , we still use the bell here in New Jersey and it grabs ur attention more then the E-bell or noise.
Not sure how much more attention we need especially with all the irritating honking that trains in USA do.
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Old September 17th, 2014, 09:29 AM   #458
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The company that installed the new bells claims they've scientifically proven that the interrupted sound is better as it grabs the attention more.

And from what I've read, people living nearby the crossing are happy with the new sound as it appears to be less annoying for them. So especially in built-up areas (and Belgium is pretty much one big built-up area), these new bells have their advantage.

As for the Brussels Airport rail link: the added ticket surcharge to use that segment was increased to €5.07 in February as the projected numbers weren't being met. But I do think that quite a few extra people are using the train to get there. Personally I'd never use the train to get there as it only costs me roughly €4 in fuel to be driven there myself by my parents or I could get there for almost the same amount by bus. If I include the train ticket from Mechelen, going by car or by bus costs only half as much...
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Old September 24th, 2014, 03:53 PM   #459
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New Belgium-Romania Train


"Pan-European logistics specialists P&O Ferrymasters and Transmec Group have joined forces to launch an intermodal Belgium-Romania service with three departures per week each way by dedicated train."

From World Cargo News, 23rd September, 2014.
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Old September 30th, 2014, 03:55 PM   #460
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As for the Brussels Airport rail link: the added ticket surcharge to use that segment was increased to €5.07 in February as the projected numbers weren't being met.
Note that this surcharge is due only for journeys originating or terminating at
the airport stations, not if you go through.

I think that the number of potential passengers taken into account for the
financial study was way too high and that the PPP will never be financially
profitable. If that happens there is a clause in the contract saying that the
private partners of the PPP must be reimbursed by the state. We'll see in a few
years but I'm not optimistic.
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