List of town tramway systems in Belgium

This is a list of town tramway systems in Belgium by region and province. It tables all tram systems, both past (including vicinal tramways) and present. Cities with currently operating systems, and those systems themselves, are indicated in bold and blue background colored rows. Known tram systems that operated on tracks other than standard gauge are indicated in the 'Notes' column.

Brussels

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
Trams in Brussels Brussels Horse 1 May 1869 190_  
Steam 1876
1879
1877
1879
 
Accumulator (storage battery) 1883
1886
1883
1890
 
Electric 1 May 1894    

Flanders

Antwerp Province

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
Trams in Antwerp Antwerp Horse 25 May 1873 ? Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
Electric 2 Sep 1902   Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
  Mechelen Electric 1913 30 Apr 1957 Reintroduction discussed[1]

East Flanders

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
Trams in Ghent Ghent Horse 24 May 1874 ?  
Accumulator (storage battery) 23 Jan 1899 ?  
Electric 1 Dec 1901   Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)

Flemish Brabant

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Leuven Horse ? ?  
Electric ? 15 Aug 1952 Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
Reintroduction discussed[2]

Limburg

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  HasseltGenk Steam ? ?  
Electric ? 31 Jan 1958 Reintroduction (LRT) planned: Hasselt – Maastricht (see: Netherlands)[3]

West Flanders

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
Coast Tram (Belgium) (Kustlijn – i.e. Coast Line: Adinkerke – De Panne – Oostende – Knokke) Belgian coast Steam 15 Jul 1885 1955  
Electric 1 Oct 1908   Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
  Brugge (Bruges) Electric 1913 1951 Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
Reintroduction discussed: see Coast Tram (Belgium) (Kustlijn).
  De Panne Horse ? ?  
Petrol ? ?  
Electric ? ? See also: Coast Tram (Belgium) (Kustlijn).
  Knokke – Urban Horse ? ?  
Electric ? 1951 See also: Coast Tram (Belgium) (Kustlijn).
  Koksijde Horse ? ? See also: Coast Tram (Belgium) (Kustlijn).
  Kortrijk Steam ? ?  
Electric ? 25 Mar 1963  
  NieuwpoortOostduinkerke Steam ? ?  
Electric ? ? See also: Coast Tram (Belgium) (Kustlijn).
  Oostende /Ostend urban Steam ? ?  
Accumulator (storage battery) ? ?  
Electric ? 1 Jul 1958  
  Tielt Horse ? ?  

Wallonia

Hainaut

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
Trams in Charleroi Charleroi Steam 1881 ?  
Electric 4 Jul 1904 29 Jun 1974[citation needed] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
Converted to light rail (see: Charleroi Metro).
Charleroi Metro Electric 21 Jun 1976   Light rail. Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
(Formerly known as the Charleroi Premetro.)
See also: List of Charleroi Metro former lines.
  La Louvière Steam ? ?  
Electric ? August 1993  
  Vicinal Steam 3 Jun 1887 ?  
Electric 28 Mar 1901   Interurban tramway system. First Premetro segment (i.e. Charleroi Metro, LRT) opened 24 May 1983.
  Mons Steam ? ?  
Petrol ? ?  
Electric ? 3 Jun 1973  
  Péruwelz Horse ? ?  
  Tournai Electric ? 21 May 1955  

Liège Province

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Eupen Electric ? 30 Jul 1956  
Trams in Liège Liège Horse 20 Nov 1871 ?  
Electric 22 Oct 1896 23 Dec 1961 Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
  Liège – Seraing Horse ? ?  
Steam ? ?  
Electric ? 30 Apr 1968  
  Verviers Horse ? ?  
Electric 1900(?)[4] 31 Dec 1969 Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)

Namur

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
Trams in Han-sur-Lesse Han-sur-Lesse Diesel 1906 (?) Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
Tourist historic cars (Caves of Han-sur-Lesse).
Electric 2014  
Trams in Namur Namur Electric ? 26 May 1963  

See also

References

  1. ^ Het Nieuwsblad, 2 December 2008
  2. ^ "De Lijn ziet Leuven als tramknooppunt".
  3. ^ Flemish television news, 12 February 2007
  4. ^ "Petits bouts d'histoire". Archived from the original on 20 October 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2009.

Bibliography

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