Belgian railway line 26

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.[1] 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
TerminiSchaarbeek railway station
Halle railway station
Operator(s)National Railway Company of Belgium
Line length28 km (17 mi)
Number of tracksdouble track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification3 kV DC
Route map

Belgian Railway Line 26.png

Line from Brussels-North
0.0 Schaarbeek
Line to Leuven
Line to Antwerp
from Vilvoorde
Line BrusselsLeuven
4.0 Haren
4.7 Bordet
6.1 Evere
8.6 Meiser
9.9 Merode
11.2 Delta
Line BrusselsNamur
14.7 Boondael
15.3 Vivier d'Oie
16.2 Saint-Job
Line BrusselsCharleroi
19.7 Moensberg
21.4 Beersel
24.6 Huizingen
Line from Brussels
28.6 Halle
Line to Mons

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:

Schaarbeek-Josaphat is no longer an operational station, it was a cargo yard very near the present Evere railway station.


  1. ^ "Ligne 26: Schaerbeek - Halle".