Tim Knifton

Liege Guillemins Train Station

'Awaiting departure'

10th February 2013

The first evening of our four day euro tour we visited and photographed this architectural marvel in Liege.

We planned on visiting one evening over the trip but as it was too early for bed and after eating dinner, we decided as we were near to visit it on the first evening.

A lot of the text is recycled in this blog, its the photos that are mine.

Liège-Guillemins railway station is the main station of the city of Liège, the third largest city in Belgium. It is one of the most important hubs in the country and is one of the 3 Belgian stations on the high-speed rail network. The station is used by 36,000 people every day which makes it the tenth busiest station in Belgium.

'Traverse'

‘Traverse’

History

In 1838, only three years after the first continental railway, a line linking Brussels and Ans, in the northern suburbs of Liège, was opened. The first railway station of Liège-Guillemins was inaugurated in May 1842, linking the valley to the upper Ans station. In 1843, the first international railway connection was born, linking Liège to Aachen and Cologne.

The station was modernized and improved in 1882 and in 1905 for the World Fair in Liège. This station was replaced in 1958 by a modern (for that time) one that was used until June 2009, a few months before the opening of the new Calatrava designed station.

'Graffiti trains'

‘Graffiti Trains’

The New Station

The new station by the architect Santiago Calatrava was officially opened on September 18, 2009, with a show by Franco Dragone. It has 9 tracks and 5 platforms (three of 450 m and two of 350 m). All the tracks around the station have been modernized to allow high speed arrival and departure.

The new station is made of steel, glass and white concrete. It includes a monumental arch, 160 metres long and 32 metres high. The building costs were €312 million.

'Waiting'

‘Waiting’

Train Services

Liège-Guillemins station is served by InterCity- and InterRegio trains, connecting Liège with all major Belgian cities, as well as several international destinations such as Aachen, Lille, and Maastricht. In addition to the national traffic, Liège-Guillemins station welcomes Thalys and ICE trains, connecting Liège to Brussels, Paris, Aachen, Cologne, and Frankfurt. Two new dedicated high-speed tracks were built: HSL 2 (Brussels-Liège) and HSL 3 (Liège-German border).

'Steps'

‘Steps’

'EXPO'

‘EXPO’

'Tin Tins Rocket'

‘Tin Tin’s Rocket’

'Time for travel'

‘Time to Travel’

Thanks for reading.

Station statistics
Address Place des Guillemins, Liège
Coordinates 50°37′29″N 5°34′01″E
Lines 4, 34, 36, 37, 40, 43, 125
Tracks 10
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