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captured at the abandoned train "Orient Express", Belgium 2015.

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VisualStripes Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
What an awesome shot!
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leoatelier Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016   Photographer
Excellent mate :thumbsup:
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OkamiTakahashi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Whoa- for a second I couldn't tell if it was CGI or a photograph! Amazing! :O
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twindisch Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, it is a photograph :D
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
Whoa very post apocalyptic feel to it
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twindisch Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Just natural light ;)
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
Your welcome
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ReneHenckens Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks truly amazing. Would really love to visit this place :)
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twindisch Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Cheers, go for it :)
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ReneHenckens Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I would if I knew where it is ;)

(*hint hint*) ;)
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twindisch Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, its not that difficult to research :)
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ReneHenckens Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Research question: where is it?
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twindisch Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
not THAT easy :P
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ReneHenckens Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:(
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Mad-Willy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely
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twindisch Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks ;)
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thoughtengine Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
From famous to carcass.
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twindisch Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh its still famous :D
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DaddyHoggy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Oh wow... :clap: It looks so forlorn...
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twindisch Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.
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twindisch Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
cheers mate :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
How beautiful and how sad.
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twindisch Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hope its "beautiful > sad" ^^
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Just a lovely old train...........not working any more....sad.
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's one of the worst heart-break stories of the Belgian train preservation scene - 654.02 (II) was the only of three units of her series to be preserved after the type was withdrawn fifty years ago now, in 1966 - however things were horribly botched up twenty years later, in the 1980s.  On her transfer from her original depot to the so-called 'museum' depot, they took her apart as they only had space to display one carriage in the depot building - and they scrapped the remaining two.

Only for them to then reconsider things, and not display the remaining carriage inside.

And this is the result: she's been stood outside for over thirty years now, without any kind of care. :(

And what's even worse: the 'museum' depot has since been closed, and all of its gems have been relocated elsewhere - but poor 654.02 is still left outside, as if there's no future left for her...
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
This is awful. How could they do this......NO vision at all!

SO sad.

Thank you so much for the info.
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Back in 1966, it was actually put aside for inclusion in a future railway museum...

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... and that museum actually only opened last year, in 2015.

Things that were considered for preservation were consequently parked left, right and center, and more often than not, not cared for at all.

As a result, among those who are in the know about all this, the Leuven "museum" depot was more commonly thought of as the place where trains came to die.  The list of destruction is near endless - a Series 49 railbus of 1943 (scrapped 2013), a Type 29 steam locomotive of 1945 (scrapped 2001), a Type 44 steam locomotive of 1909 (scrapped 2001), rare N-type railway carriages (of a series of only 20 built),... and poor 654.02, of course.

Even the other museum depot (Haine-Saint-Pierre), where they actually do care for their equipment, can be a rather depressing place to visit:

Ghost of Yesterday by kanyiko  Abandoned freight cars by kanyiko  Faded Glory by kanyiko
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
SO odd that these people just don't care. This is our History they are destroying.
Waaaah! 
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
People do care, but unfortunately the preservation movement is only a small one with a relatively small budget - it has to choose and some of the choices are hard.

And unfortunately, our preservation movement was late in starting (1975 - eight years after the last steam trains had run), so by the time they started, there were barely any steam engines left to preserve in the first place.

For a very long time, succeeding railway directors were... disinterested, even hostile towards the preservation society.  There's an ugly story doing the rounds that the two steam engines scrapped in 2001 were, in fact, scrapped because the then-director was fed up that the preservation societies "kept bugging him about them".

Luckily, in recent years, there seems to be a bit of a turn to it all: when the building of the national railway museum finally got under way, the railways sat together with the preservation societies, and finally opened the doors of their depots so that things could be exchanged.

Here are some examples:

Maldegem 030514 HLV 41 41.195 by kanyiko  - 41.195, formerly a plinthed locomotive at Charleroi-Sud station, which had sat outside for over half a century.  The railways handed her for free to one of the preservation societies (SCM), it will be restored to running condition, albeit entirely funded by the preservation society itself.

Treignes 210714 HLV 1 1.002 by kanyiko  - 1.002, formerly sat in a depot.  Currently on a loan to another preservation society (CFV3V) for display in its own museum; however it is planned to be included in a smaller musem at Ostend (to be opened in 2018), currently being built as part of a major refurbishment of the station there.  The CFV3V's museum also includes two other steam locomotives, an electric locomotive and a railbus, all on loan from the railways, displayed alongside equipment they own themselves.

Baasrode N 050715 NMBS 205 (325.241) by kanyiko  - 325.241, a railway inspection car, also previously sat at a depot.  It was handed for free to one of the preservation societies (BVS) and has since undergone repairs.  The same preservation society also received a number of passenger and freight cars for own use from the railways.

St Ghislain 111014 EMU 50 027 by kanyiko  - 027, an electric unit, also previously held at a depot.  It was handed for free to one of the preservation societies (TSP-PFT) and is now on display in its own museum.

And luckily, individuals also seem to have the kind of foresight now which was previously sorely lacking:

Saint Ghislain 080815 HLE 20 2021 by kanyiko  - 2021, an electric locomotive of a series of 25 which was retired in 2013.  For a while it looked like none would be preserved, so a couple of people banded together and chipped in enough to purchase it from the railways.  It's currently on display at the TSP-PFT's museum, even though it's not actually owned by them. (The railways also preserved two other engines from this series, namely loco's 2001 & 2005)

So people DO care about the railway history - it's just that the damage of almost half a century of a lack of care is hard to be UNdone...
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