ICE at Liège-Guillemins

ICE at Liège-Guillemins
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Image by Darkroom Daze
German (Deutsche Bahn) high speed international express (ICE) running between Belgium and Germany on the Brussels Midi – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf service, seen here stopping at the new Liège-Guillemins station in the Frankfurt direction.

(Best on black – click on the picture.)

We were in Liège for a conference and were able to spend an hour or so wandering around this astonishing new station station just before we took our own train to Brussels, to go home. It’s worth a visit to Liège in its own right. The photo does not really convey its sheer size however, so this is best appreciated in the photos on the architect’s own website (see below). I have travelled through Liège several times over recent years and gradually seen this station being built.

The station was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to replace an older one, and to incorporate track alterations to accommodate international high speed train services. This view is looking more or less N on the E side of the station, towards the central main structure. The architectural contrast with the traditional (19th century?) street, glimpsed in the distance through the side of the station, couldn’t be greater.

We used this image for our printed Christmas Card this year (December 2011) and I didn’t remember that Jill was in this picture (on the upper concourse just above the train – in note box) until our niece Charlotte spotted her on the card.

NB The Yahoo-Flickr map is out of date and the layout of the station and nearby streets to the east is now different.

RAIL NOTES
According to the Eurail website, "With a maximum speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) these high-speed trains connect major German cities at hourly intervals. International ICE trains connect Germany with Austria (Wien, Innsbruck), Belgium (Brussels, Liège), Denmark (Copenhagen, Arhus), France (Paris), the Netherlands (Arnhem, Utrecht, Amsterdam) and Switzerland (Zürich, Interlaken)." Although the trains are a German service and brand, ICE stands for ‘Inter-City Express’ in English. This set (Tz 4607) bears the city name ‘Hannover’ and is a third generation ICE (Series/Baureihe ICE 3M). This is the 11:14 departure for Frankfurt.

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