Blankenberge railway station

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Blankenberge
SNCB logo.svg Railway Station
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Blankenberge station
Location Blankenberge
Coordinates 51°18′44″N3°08′00″E / 51.31222°N 3.13333°E / 51.31222; 3.13333 Coordinates: 51°18′44″N3°08′00″E / 51.31222°N 3.13333°E / 51.31222; 3.13333
Owned by National Railway Company of Belgium
Line(s) 51, Kusttram
Platforms7 NMBS
Tracks7 NMBS
History
Opened16 August 1863;155 years ago (1863-08-16)
Electrified3 kV DC overhead on NMBS and 600 V DC overhead on the Kusttram.

Blankenberge is a railway station in Blankenberge, West Flanders, Belgium. The station opened on 16 August 1863 on the Line 51.

Blankenberge Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Blankenberge is a town and a municipality in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the town of Blankenberge proper and the settlement of Uitkerke.

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Blankenberge station is run by NMBS and is a terminal station located on the railway line from Brugge railway station and has services to Brussels South and beyond to Leuven.

Brugge railway station railway station in Belgium

Station Brugge is the main railway station in Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium. The station opened on 12 August 1838 on the Lines 50A, 51 and 66. The current building has been in use since 1939. The station is one of the busiest in Belgium. Train services are operated by NMBS/SNCB.

History

The railway from Bruges to Blankenberge was first used on Sunday 26 July 1863. The construction of the line cost less than a year and the materials for the construction were delivered by ship to Bruges along the Oostendse Vaart canal. At 12 o'clock on that day the first train, formed of 3 or 4 carriages left for Blankenberge, arriving there about 45 minutes later. From the 16 August the railway opened to passenger service. On 12 July 1868 the extension to Heist was put into use.

Since 1890 the Kusttram has served the station and connected the town with Heist and Knokke to the north and Ostend and De Panne to the south. Between Blankenberge and Heist, the railway and tramline ran parallel.

On 1 October 1908 Blankenberge became a terminus when the section to Zeebrugge was closed to allow for the expansion of the port of Zeebrugge. A new railway line was built between Bruges and Zeebrugge, which joined with the line to Heist.

Train services

The station is served by the following service(s):

Preceding station  SNCB logo.svg National Railway Company of Belgium  Following station
Terminus IC 03
toward  Genk

Tram services

The Kusttram station is located outside the station with trams westbound to Oostende and beyond, and eastbound to Knokke railway station, these are operated by De Lijn.

Oostende railway station railway station in Belgium

Oostende railway station is located in Ostend in West Flanders, Belgium. The first station in Ostend was opened in 1838 during the reign of Leopold I of Belgium on the former Belgian railway line 62 to Torhout and is now a supermarket. The NMBS station was opened in 1913 during the reign of Albert I of Belgium. The station is designed to connect trains and ferries and is built with Scottish Granite, Bluestone from Soignes and Limestone from Euville. It is constructed in a classical style of architecture inspired by the French architect from the 18th Century François Mansart and the Louis XVI of France style.

Knokke railway station railway station in Belgium

Knokke station serves Knokke-Heist and Knokke, in West Flanders, Belgium and was built in 1920. Knokke station is run by NMBS and is a terminal station located on the Belgian railway line 51 B from Brugge railway station and has services to Brussels South and beyond to Tongeren. The Kusttram terminus is located outside the station with trams to Oostende and beyond.

Bus services

Bus services 33, 38 serve the station, these are operated by De Lijn.

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