Belgian railway line 26
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The Belgian railway line 26 is a railway line connecting Brussels to Halle in Belgium. It first opened on July 19, 1926, between Schaarbeek and Watermael railway stations. The line was completed on January 3, 1930. It was conceived as a circumvention of Brussels before the North–South connection existed, which opened only in 1952.
|Belgian railway line 26|
An MS/AM86 train at Boondaal station in 2007
|Termini||Schaarbeek railway station|
Halle railway station
|Operator(s)||National Railway Company of Belgium|
|Line length||28 km (17 mi)|
|Number of tracks||double track|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||3 kV DC|
Today all passenger trains using the line travel from Vilvoorde on a branch line called 26/1 and not from Schaarbeek, to various destinations South of Brussels. The line carries (parts of) several services of the GEN/RER: S4, S5, S7, S9. Some of these use the Schuman-Josaphat tunnel, which branches off just South of Meiser station.
The line serves the following stations:
- Vivier d’Oie / Diesdelle
Schaarbeek-Josaphat is no longer an operational station, it was a cargo yard very near the present Evere railway station.
- "Ligne 26: Schaerbeek - Halle". BelRail.be.
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