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ICE to Frankfurt (3/3) (La gare de Liège-Guillemins (27/27) )

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

ICE to Frankfurt (3/3) (La gare de Liège-Guillemins (27/27) )
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German (Deutsche Bahn) high speed international express (ICE) running between Belgium and Germany on the Brussels Midi – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf service, stopping at the new Liège-Guillemins (Wallonia, Belgium) station in the Frankfurt direction.

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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 architecture is best appreciated in the photos on the architect’s own website (see below). Even on Google Satellite it appears as a large space-age blister.

THE STATION
This is one of Europe’s newest and most spectacular larger railway stations. It was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, and opened in 2009, to replace an older one, and to incorporate track alterations to accommodate international high speed train services. This view is looking more or less S on the E side of the station, away from the central main structure. All that’s visible here in this view are the extended platform canopies which sweep downwards away from the huge main station canopy behind us. The triangular structure lower L is a moving walkway. (See other photos in this series for an exploration of this station’s architecture.) Having passed through Liège on quite a few occasions over the years, I’ve watched the old station gradually being replaced by this new structure.

THE TRAIN
According to the Eurail website, "With a maximum speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) these ICE high-speed trains connect major German cities at hourly intervals. Also, 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 : Siemens Velaro D, German Railway Class 407). This is the 11:14 departure for Frankfurt.

THE BRIDGE (IN THE DISTANCE)
This bridge is Le Pont du Pays de Liège, a single pier cable-stayed bridge road bridge over the River Meuse completed in 2000. Only the top part of the pier, and the cable system are visible here.

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Brian
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La gare de Liège-Guillemins (16/27)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

La gare de Liège-Guillemins (16/27)
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Image by Darkroom Daze
View of the platforms from the northern upper concourse beneath the main canopy of Liège-Guillemins station (Wallonia, Belgium).

(Best on black. Click on the photo.)

We were in Liège for a conference and were able to spend an hour or so wandering around this astonishing new station just before we took our own train to Brussels, to go home. It’s worth a visit to Liège in its own right. Having passed through Liège on quite a few occasions over the years, it has been interesting to see the old station gradually being replaced by this new structure.

THE VIEW
This view shows how the entire station is open on the eastern side giving an almost uninterrupted and contrasted view with the older (?mostly 19th Century) city area outside the station. I have wondered though whether the openness of the station platforms makes them cold draughty places for passengers to wait for their trains. The view is framed by the main canopy of the station whose arch runs parallel to the platforms instead of across them as in most older and traditional station designs. The platforms are above street level on this side of the station. This was taken looking SE-wards from the northern upper concourse, towards where the main canopy comes down to the level of the southern upper concourse. The upper concourses also serve as footbridges across the platforms. The escalator structures are an integral part of the support for the canopy as well as the concourses.

Jill (far L) is standing on the platform with our luggage, close to the locomotive.

BACKGROUND NOTE ABOUT THE STATION
This is one of Europe’s newest and most spectacular larger railway stations. It was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, and opened in 2009, to replace an older one, and to incorporate track alterations to accommodate international high speed train services. The architecture is best appreciated in the photos on the architect’s own website (see above), but I’ve tried to capture it too in other photos in this series. On Google Satellite it appears as a large space-age blister.

Photo
Brian
© Darkroom Daze Creative Commons.
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ICE at Liège-Guillemins

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

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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