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The trolleybus network of Liege (Belgium)
« on: 21.11.2009, 22:17:11 »
Liege (the third major city of Belgium) used to have tram and trolleybus networks. The first trolleybus line started in 1930 and little by little, trams were replaced by trolleybuses. The last tram ran in 1964. You could think that from 1964 trolleybus was the king of the streets. No way, from the beginning of the '60's diesel buses began to replace trolleybuses. At one moment, the trolleybus network was 130 km long. The last two major lines were opened in 1954. In 1971 trolleybuses disappeared completely from our streets. Very soon afterwards the overheads were removed making a comeback impossible. In 1973 the world incountered the first petrol crises!

I wil now show you some of the vehicles which ran in our streets.
The first vehicles were imported from England and were build by Ransomes. This first model was named T30.


Now here are the T32. They were made in Belgium by a company named "FN". Some of you may now this company. This is a company still in production today, they manufacture weapons.
Here is a picture of a T32. 30 were build


Later FN build a new vehicle type T36, 48 vehicles were made. The main difference between T32 and T36 is visible on the roof. On the T32, the two trolley booms were on a single axis.


In 1939, 6 vehicles build by Brossel in Brussel appeared on the network.


Finally in 1954 came the T54. 30 vehicles were build by FN. They were used on the last two opened lines in 1954.


As explained before, in 1971, everything was scrapped. All the vehicles were destroyed except two who are preserved in the transport museum in Liege:

Here below, one T54. This is a static exhibition, the vehicle is missing some internal parts, it cannot be used.


And now again, two pictures of a T32 taken in the museum.


On the following picture, you can see the base of the boom on the single axis


That's it for the Liege Network.

In the suburbs of Liege, there is another city called Seraing. They also had a few trolleybus lines. They used specialy designed trolleybus. These vehicles were bi-directional because, on the line where they were in use, it was not possible to install a returning loop. So the trolley had two driving places and four booms.

First picture: one side of that trolleybus:


and here....the other side:


I hope you enjoyed my explanations.

Kyliedog



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Re: The trolleybus network of Liege (Belgium)
« Reply #1 on: 21.11.2009, 22:52:24 »
Hi, KYLIEDOG! Great job! I like the history that has been told by you very much. The pictures - too. A question - dose it mean, that the present public transport in Liege is only by buses and there are no electric vehicles?
Ако спориш с идиот, вероятността той да прави абсолютно същото е много голяма.(Марк Твен)

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Underground trains already resemble more of the cattle transports than transportation system for humans.
Actually cattle could never be transported in such awful conditions due to animal welfare regulations. But no one gives a damn about how Londoners travel!

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Re: The trolleybus network of Liege (Belgium)
« Reply #2 on: 21.11.2009, 23:04:33 »
Hi LG,
Thank you for your comments.
At the moment all public transport in Liege is done by diesel bus. There are plans to re-introduce a tram line but it will take some time. The political decision is yes but they now need to find the money.

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Re: The trolleybus network of Liege (Belgium)
« Reply #3 on: 21.11.2009, 23:17:11 »
At the moment all public transport in Liege is done by diesel bus. There are plans to re-introduce a tram line but it will take some time. The political decision is yes but they now need to find the money.

I find it sad, that you have lost the existing tram and trolley - lines.
It is of course very good that there are plans to re-introduce the electrical vehicle.
In fact the EU could fund a part of a project for new tram line for example, because the trams are Eco-friendly vehicles.


What kind of buses do you have?
« Last Edit: 21.11.2009, 23:45:30 by LG_ »
Ако спориш с идиот, вероятността той да прави абсолютно същото е много голяма.(Марк Твен)

Quote from: geogregor
Underground trains already resemble more of the cattle transports than transportation system for humans.
Actually cattle could never be transported in such awful conditions due to animal welfare regulations. But no one gives a damn about how Londoners travel!

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Re: The trolleybus network of Liege (Belgium)
« Reply #4 on: 22.11.2009, 00:55:42 »
At the moment In Liege we have a lot of Van Hool buses: A320, AG300. Thera are also a lot of vehicle from Irisbus. We also have the first AGG300 from Van Hool.

To be honest, I am not at all a bus fan so I do not have any pictures of buses.

If you are interested, I will publish future posts about the other tram networks of my country.
There are trams in Antwerp:



In Ghent:



In Brussels:


In Charleroi:


and also there is a 70 km long tram line at the belgian coast:


If you (the members of this forum) want me to post about these networks, let me know. It will be a pleasure.

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Re: The trolleybus network of Liege (Belgium)
« Reply #5 on: 22.11.2009, 02:16:58 »
we will be really thankful for as much information as you have. I'm especially interested in the last trolley you posted- the one with number 402. I guess it can make turns but isn't this inpossible with the 3 lines of wheels? Are the 1st and 3rd capable of steering or maybe it some other way?

Also- this 70 km tram line... Is it out of cities or it is travelling through something like a megapolis?

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Re: The trolleybus network of Liege (Belgium)
« Reply #6 on: 24.11.2009, 15:35:05 »
Hi iashu,

Yes you are right about the first and third set of wheels. They can turn. This series of trolleybus is a rare thing. At the beginning of their live, they were bi-directional. Later, returning loops were finally installed and the trolleys were transformed as uni-directional vehicles and this is the way they finished their life. For preservation and for exposition in the museum, trolleybus 402 was transformed by to bi-directional.

The long coastal tram line is travelling along the belgian coast (North Sea) and is connecting different cities.
Click HERE and you will see a map of the line.

I will soon make different posts over transport by tram in Belgium but I need some time to make someting good. By the way, I publish in English but I can also do it in french (my language). Just tell me what language you prefer me to use here  :)

Kyliedog