SNCF Fret has started up ballast traffic to the Quenast quarry again. Very likely it’s the last season that SNCF will use BB67400 locomotives for this service, as the Infrabel network is gradually equipped with ETCS. Needless to say that many Belgian rail enthusiasts find opportunities to enjoy these beautiful locomotives while we still can. Now that we can’t cross the borders, it makes it … Continue reading The SNCF logo
We continued the bicycle trip into the port of Ghent, up until Gent-Noord. The old branch of line 77 that once connected Zelzate to Sint-Gilis-Waas was still in use for seasonal beet traffic to Moerbeke. Full trains were hauled from Poperinge to Moerbeke with a mighty class 51 diesel locomotive.On this picture, we see an empty train approaching the Gent-Noord shunting yard. It has left … Continue reading Vintage beets
Although I believe for the freight operators it’s not the best habit, for railfans it’s interesting when freight traffic to and from Antwerp is rerouted over Mechelen and Gent. Same again this weekend due to works in Ekeren. We found ourselves with several people making photos of the freight trains, but for this photo I was still alone.Wheather was so and so, and traffic was … Continue reading It’s becoming a habit
There were rumours for a while that a new cokes traffic had started between Germany and France, passing over Belgian territory. Yesterday a notification came in right on time, and I decided that it was time for a welcome break from the home office. Lots of wind and clouds, but the sun was coming out every once and a while. So maybe I would be … Continue reading Cokes!
On Saturday I’ve been making a few photos of the weekend detours during daytime (Warm winter light). On Sunday I wanted to still catch some of the detours, and decided to do so in the evening. The moon was beautiful the last few evening, but I was a bit late to get a good photo of it. You can still see it on the top … Continue reading Wood and steel
Today, the main access to shunting yard of Antwerpen-Noord was not accessible, resulting in massive detours of freight traffic. The portion of line 50 between Gent and Schellebelle was, for one day, the busiest part of railway on the network. Only by evening the sun was breaking through the clouds, right on time for this warm winter shot of a southbound train. Continue reading Warm winter light
In 2018 and 2019, multisystem Vectron 193 318 was used for performing authorization runs on the Infrabel network. Today, it is known among rail enthusiasts as the “Backbone” locomotive – the backbone of the economy, as stated by DB Cargo. It certainly is an awesome appearance. Continue reading Here’s the backbone of the economy
It really seems a long time ago, but only 2 weeks ago it snowing and freezing. Very cold and quite a lot of snow, that’s what winter should be like. Towards the extremes is where the experience begins. During these early spring days, this image seemed like the right one to share. Continue reading Freezing cold
A well-deserved day off work was spent standing in the freezing cold, wind. With the camera closeby, hoping that the awaited train would come soon. For the last photo of the day, sun had set and night had fallen. A las minute decision led us to the old station of Ertvelde, where we quickly set up some lights. Lesson of the day: triggering two camera’s … Continue reading With or without?
Tonight was a cold, very cold, Sunday evening. But it was dry, not too windy, and there was still some snow left! Trains between Bruges and Ghent were taking the scenic route again, to my great pleasure. I found myself a spot between Aarsele and Tielt to set up the gear. I expected a few freight trains, and some work trains returning home after the … Continue reading Blue hour