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Belgium - NVR :  88 B-(VKM)


Nationale Maatschapij der Belgische Spoorwegen - Societé National du Chemins de fer Belge

In 1835 Belgium was the first European country on the continent to build a railway system. Since that historical day there has been a lot of progress and innovation. Nowadays Belgium has an extensive railroad network.
NMBS/SNCB is an autonomous government company, formed in 1926. In 2005, the company was split up into three parts: Infrabel, which manages the railway infrastructure, network operations and network access, the public railway operator NMBS/SNCB itself to manage the freight (B-Cargo) and passenger services, and SNCB-Holding, which owns both public companies and supervises the collaboration between them. Essentially, this was a move to facilitate future liberalisation of railway freight and passenger services in
agreement with European regulations. Several freight operators have since received access permissions for the Belgian network. In February 2011, NMBS/SNCB Logistics began operating as a separate business.
Faced with rising losses, in June 2012, the Belgian transport minister announced further reform: NMBS/SNCB Holding would be split up, so NMBS/SNCB (the train operator) would be separate from Infrabel (the infrastructure owner). Unions oppose the reform. The national railway company
of Belgium is called NMBS (Dutch) or SNCB (French)  A great number of Belgian cities can be visited by train. Major stations are Bruxelles Midi / Brussel Zuid, Brussel Centraal, Brussel Noord, Antwerpen Centraal, Gent SintPieters and Luik Guillemins.
The Belgian railways (NMBS) will bring you from Brussels to Antwerp in 40 minutes, from Bruges to Ghent in 30 minutes, from Ghent to Antwerp in 50 minutes. There are several types of train that will take you to your destination in a day.
They have 1st and 2nd class seats. Some have a restaurant car and others a mobile mini-bar offering hot and cold drinks, snacks and a range of light meals. Most of the high speed trains (Eurostar, Thalys, and TGV, but ICE as well), have a bar open to all passengers.
Here you will find a wide range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals. In some international daytime trains, a minibar is brought through the carriages, offering an assortment of hot and cold drinks, sweets and snacks. Some trains even have got restaurant cars.


International freight operators in Belgium


Spoor-Infra and Railmaintenance companies


Historical railway patrimonium organisations


in Belgium

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