Montzen Gare

Built: 1915

Abandoned: 1998

Visited: 2007

Montzen-Station, Belgium

Montzen Gare is a railway station along railway line 24, Tongeren-Aachen, in Montzen, a borough of the municipality of Blieberg. Station and railway shunting tracks are built by Russian prisoners in 1915 for the German army. There is also a connection along railway line 38 to, the today also abandoned Gare de Hombourg. The station is also the start of the living area Montzen-Station, the houses were mainly inhabited by the people that worked with the railway company. The station is a beautiful building; it even won a price in 1938 for most beautiful station of Belgium.

1944

29 April 1944, during the Second World War the station is bombed, and none of the beauty remains. After the war the station is rebuilt and is still there today. The site with tracks, office buildings and depots stretches over 80 ha, it’s 3.500 meters long and 240 meters wide. In 1998 the freight station was closed. Montzen Gare is still an active shunting track, but some of the lines are not in use anymore. In the gallery you can see my visit to the old freight station and its forgotten trains.

Photos Montzen Gare

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