This is a typical Belgian IC train of today, the class AM96 number 511. It looks like just a rake of coaches and it bears the German nickname "Gumminase", rubber face, but actually it is an electric multiple unit. This one is photographed not in Belgium, but at the Luxembourg main station after having just arrived from Bruxelles (Brüssel) as an IC/EC service. Picture 19.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.


FUNET railway pictures archive - Belgium - Electric locomotives and electric multiple units

The class 20 of SNCB is/was a six-axle Co'Co' locomotive built by BN and ACEC 1975-1977. Only 25 were made. It operated only on 3000V DC and the top speed was 160 km/h. They were used often in front of express ervices, such as here heading an EC Luxembourg to Bruxelles. Picture at Luxembourg main station 19.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

A meeting of two SNCB class 20 locomotives with their EC trains, one arriving from Bruxelles and one ready to depart there. Picture at Luxembourg main station 19.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

A class 21 locomotive 2159 is exchanging locomotive personnel at the Liége station. This class, together with the classes 11, 12, 21 and 27 form together a locomotive family which used to be very common in Belgium, although is now rapidly being decimated by frequent scrapping of locomotives. These machines of the class 21 were built 1985-87 and they run only under 3000V DC. There used to be 60 of them in total. Picture at Liége (Lüttich) station 18.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

A typical Belgian garco locomotive of today, a leased Br186 Traxx owned by Alpha Trains and in this case leased by the Belgian SNCB, here hauling a cargo train from Antwerpen in Belgium towards Germany and photographed in Emmerich, on the German side of the border 6.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Another view of the Br 186 Traxx2 in Emmerich, on the German side of the border 6.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

A third view of the Br 186 Traxx2 in Emmerich, on the German side of the border. These are multiple electricy system machines, capable of taking the train not only through the DC voltage of Belgium, but also through Germany and maybe Austria, to the borders of Italy or Switzerland. Photo at Emmerich, Germany 6.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

This is a very old Belgian EMU of the class EM62 still in the old dark red livery, seen here at the Oudenaarde station 18.7.2010. At this time it was fairly rare to see Belgian old EMUs still in the old paintings. Photo at Oudenaarde 18.7.2010 by Sanna Siissalo. The man in the picture is train photographer Ilkka Siissalo.

Another view of the same not yet renovated old class EM62 EMU. Photo at Oudenaarde station 18.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Yet another view of the same not yet renovated old class EM62 EMU. Photo at Oudenaarde station 18.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Another class EM62 EMU, this time the no. 623, but this time renovated and in the new painting scheme, also seen at the Oudenaarde station 18.7.2010. Photo by Ilkka Siissalo.

Another view of the modernised class EM62 EMU now showing its front. In some other cases SNCB modernised these old EMUs so that only one of the original two front windows remained. Photo at Oudenaarde station 18.72010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Here is an example of an old class AM62 commuter EMU "with one eye shut". This one has not received a thorough revamping as you can see from its old red painting scheme, yet one of the two front windows is covered. Picture at Liége station 18.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

SNCB class AM70 regional train at Naumur station 11.5.2002. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

A class 78 refurbished and repainted old commuter train looks pretty much like the previous ones. Picture at Liége station 18.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

A little newer, a class AM80 EMU stopping at Oudenaarde station. Photo at Oudenaarde station 18.72010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Another AM80 unit approaching the Oudenaarde station. Photo at Oudenaarde station 18.72010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

The SNCB AM80 unit 322 loading passengers. As you can see, it is truly not a low-floor train. In addition to the height, many other detaild such as the "cow rail" in the front also suggest rather a Russian/Soviet train rather than a western European one. Photo at Oudenaarde station 18.72010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Another class AM80 train no 361 stopping at Liége 18.7.2010. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

The same train seen a little bit from above from the stairs at Liége station 18.7.2010. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

Two SNCB class AM86 "Sprinter", also unofficially noted as "Diver's mask", units at Brussels Centraal. These trains were built by BN (La Brugeoise et Nivelles) and ACEC (Ateliers de constructions électriques de Charleroi) in 1986 and they have been active especially in the regional train traffic around Brussels. Picture 6.9.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.

A class AM86 Sprinter arriving at the Brussels Centraal. Picture 6.9.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.

In the 1970s and beginning of 1980s the was a European wide mania to paint all buses, trains and trams orange throughout Europe. At least the express trains of Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Holland and France were orange. But this may still have been one of the last totally orange coloured express trains. The rake consisted of only SNCB Belgian coaches, although it was led by a Luxemburgian locomotive. Photo of an express train leaving towards Belgium at Luxembourg main station 12.6.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.

A Belgian locomotive in the Netherlands. The Dutch NS and Belgian SNCB made a big mistake and ordered from the Italian company AnsaldoBreda new bullet trains of the class V250. They were intended to link the Netherlands with Belgium with a superfast and highly priced service called Fyra (Fyra means four in Swedish and the name refers to it linking four cities, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerpen and Brussels.) But first the trains were badly late, causing NS and SNCB trying to find alternative rolling stock to replace them. And finally the trains were of such lousy quality that it caused a major scandal and they were returned to their builder. This is one of those Fyra replacement trains, consisting of older Dutch coaches but with new red and white Fyra tapings and with a Belgian class BB1100 locomotive. Picture at Schiphol airport underground train station 9.3.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.


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