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Old April 8th, 2015, 02:45 PM   #581
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8 out of 10 when all things are considered.
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Old April 8th, 2015, 08:30 PM   #582
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As a Belgian I'd say, 8/10 when compairing to the whole world, looking only at most developed countries in Europe in comparison; I'd give it a 6/10
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Old April 11th, 2015, 06:07 PM   #583
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It depends on what you compare it to.
Compared to Congo: 10/10
Compared to Switzerland: 4/10
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Old April 11th, 2015, 09:26 PM   #584
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The LED display is even funnier: one minute it's in short form and the next minute it's fully spelled (= Belgian waffle







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Old April 17th, 2015, 11:59 AM   #585
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Efficiency has yet to be invented in Belgium.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 04:16 PM   #586
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Luckily we can counterbalance that neatly with our ability to complain about things

As for a most serious reply: some pictures from the wharf around the station of Mechelen. Mechelen is located somewhere halfway between Antwerp and Brussels. It was originally envisioned as the central station for the Belgian rail network and this can still be seen in some of the infrastructure. To allow for a quicker passing of express trains between Antwerp and Brussels two separate tracks are planned, but alongside these tracks, the station is also being modernized and the surrounding area is being reorganised. A new ringroad-like road segment should alleviate some of the traffic away from the city ring, which will also make the Nekkerhal event hall more accessible.

But enough talk, I promised pictures. If you want more details you can look at this thread (Dutch only, I'm afraid).

Overview map (green = new rail bypass, red = will be removed, orange = new roads, gray = new road bypass, blue = buses only)











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Old April 27th, 2015, 07:16 PM   #587
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Interesting. I had heared of plans for Mechelen before, but didn't know they were actually building them.

When the road tunnel is completed, will the current ring road be downgraded? It seems to me that the Zandpoortvest and Schuttersvest will no longer be needed. Could possibly even the Koningin Astridlaan be downgraded? These streets seem to be build on the infilled (?) defensive canals. This could be an opportunity to restore them (or at least put a park in their place)?

I also found some impressions in the Belgian topic. Beautiful station. Much better than what is there now.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 10:15 PM   #588
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The inner ring road will stay the same for now, though there are indeed long-term plans to downgrade several sections of the internal ring road. Last year, the city council showed their intention of changing the E19 motorway to an express+local lanes setup between Mechelen-Zuid and Mechelen-Noord which would alleviate some of the stress from the internal ring road between Brusselpoort and most northern section of the ring road as well. But I don't expect that to happen any time soon.

Mechelen was a walled-off city with a moat in front of the walls. Restoring a part of this defence would be a real eye-catcher for Mechelen, but I expect that to stay a day dream. At the moment, the plans point towards a park and a much downgraded (1+1) ring road section.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 11:05 PM   #589
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Well, it is at least something. I was reading the Mechelen subforum and I noticed that the city agreed to the expansion of the parking garage on the Zandpoortvest. I was afraid that ment there would be no change at all to the ring road. Do they have a timeline for when they want to start with the downgrade? Shame that downgrading the western ring isn't in the cards yet. It seems like such an obvious thing to do.

This early concept isn't all that bad btw:

It seems to me that it could be on the level of the Planty Park in Krakow which is a really nice park.

Restoring the moat would do wonders though. Mechelen already looks like a beautiful city. Restoring the moat would make it really stand out.
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I remember seeing the plans of reworking the area surrounding Brusselpoort (no downsizing, just reorganising by putting all roads at one side), but that got turned down for some reason.

But anyway, back to trains eh? Here's another aerial image from the Mechelen set, this time showing the new railway line 25N and the old lines 25 and 27.

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Old May 6th, 2015, 07:01 PM   #591
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Something slightly different, but still quite interesting. A couple of days ago I (finally) saw the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and I recognized something straight away when there was a shot of the capital city of the Nova Corps: the station Liège-Guillemins was used!



The special thanks in the credits also refers to this 3D-model: "Gare SNCB-Holding de Liege-Guillemins - Arch.Ing Santiago CALATRAVA".

The London Millennium footbridge was also used for the city.
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Old May 8th, 2015, 03:38 PM   #592
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Does anyone know what can be expected in terms of time earned for a Brussels Z - Antwerp C with Thalys?
This section is the weakest link currently between Paris and Rotterdan, Amsterdam, I am pleased to see finally some changes, but wonder if they will also increase speed on this section?
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Don't expect any speeds higher than 160 kph on that section any time soon. The bypass of Mechelen will save a minute or so, if it's even that much. Between Mechelen-Nekkerspoel and Antwerp nothing changes.

If the limit were to be increased we'd be talking about gaining three or four minutes at most, which is most likely way too costly considering the many changes that would require.
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Old May 25th, 2015, 06:16 PM   #594
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SNCB launches AM75 refurbishment programme
Monday, May 25, 2015



BELGIAN National Railways (SNCB) marked the launch of a €147m project to refurbish its fleet of 44 AM75 EMUs on May 21, when CEO Mr Jo Cornu unveiled the first modernised train at the company's workshops in Mechelen

The fleet of four-car 3kV dc trains was built by BN, Belgium, between 1975 and 1979 and is mostly used on regional services from Antwerp to Roosendaal and Turnhout.

As part of the extensive refurbishment, the trains are being upgraded with a new interior, accessible toilets, multifunctional areas with tip-up seats, new doors and windows, and modern passenger information systems

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Don't expect any speeds higher than 160 kph on that section any time soon. The bypass of Mechelen will save a minute or so, if it's even that much. Between Mechelen-Nekkerspoel and Antwerp nothing changes.

If the limit were to be increased we'd be talking about gaining three or four minutes at most, which is most likely way too costly considering the many changes that would require.
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I guess better than time increase, it will improve reliability, as time is often lost in this area
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The LED display is even funnier: one minute it's in short form and the next minute it's fully spelled (= Belgian waffle
To be fair, these images look old. I haven't seen the shortened names for over a year now. The layout of these screens has been updated several times since.
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Indeed, they are still rolling out update after update and things are moving forwards. It's just a shame they didn't foresee a lot of layout issues that seem very easy to predict and test in advance.
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3 hours of HD Belgian train porn (showing much more models than the above video)

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