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.
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.
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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