La Ligne Bruxelles - Mons - Quévy Tome 2: Braine-le-Comte - Mons - Quévy PFT

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The second part of a comprehensive history of Belgium’s line 96 from Bruxelles to Quévy, via Mons. This volume covers the section of line from Braine-le-Comte to Quévy, close to the French border, along with a short stretch beyond the border as far as Aulnoye. Once a major international corridor, this route has diminished in importance in recent decades as conventional trains operating on it have been replaced by TGVs, ICEs and Thalys trains running on the new high speed line. It looks at the history of the line, including the building of the line, and how it has been used over the years. There are separate entries for each station along the route and each of these contains a short history and description of the station, the date of opening (and, where applicable, the date of closure and/or reduction to unstaffed halt status), a collection of latter day and archive photos, and a track diagram dating, in most cases, from between the 1900s and the 1920s. As well as the trains and stations there are also several photos of signal box interiors and exteriors, and other items of infrastructure such as level crossings. The chapter on Braine-le-Comte includes a short section on the town’s long-gone quarry railway, and there are photos of work in progress on the rebuilding of Mons station and artist’s impressions of how it will look when complete (currently projected for 2022). Details for each of the three stations in France (Feignies, Hautmont and Aulnoye) are brief, covering just two pages with two photos each. Superbly illustrated throughout with colour and black & white photographs, maps and track diagrams. French text. Hardback. 266 pages.

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