Railway Operators in Belgium



NMBS - Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen
SNCB - Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Belges

Network length, gauge and electrification (2009):

On 1 January 2005 the "old" SNCB/NMBS was split in a holding company, an operating company (SNCB/NMBS Operations) and an infrastructure division called Infrabel. In 2011 the locomotives and trainsets were divided between SNCB/NMBS Mobility (passenger trains), SNCB/NMBS Europe (international passenger) and SNCB/NMBS Logistics (freight trains).
In 2014 224.8 million passengers travelled with SNCB/NMBS Mobility (0.8% more than in 2013), travelling 9.9 billion passenger-km, and 10.2 million (+7.5%) with SNCB/NMBS Europe. SNCB/NMBS Logistics freight traffic grew by 4% in 2015, to 29.4 million tonnes.

Since August 2015 locomotives and trains of museum railways are no longer allowed on the national network due to new regulations. Therefore the trains of PFT/TSP can now only operate on their own line (Bocq Railway).

In 2016 a majority stake in the freight operations of NMBS/SNCB as sold to Argos Soditic, making B Logistics a separate company. In April 2017 this company was renamed into Lineas.

Website: http://www.b-rail.be/

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CR - Crossrail Benelux

Network length, gauge and electrification (2008):

In 2008 the merger between Dillen & Lejeune Cargo from Belgium and Crossrail from Switzerland was completed. Since 2002 DLC has operated open access freight trains from the port of Antwerp to Germany. In October 2007 it was announced that DLC would merge with Crossrail AG from Switzerland. In September 2009 Jeroen Le Jeune bought 80% of Crossrail, such that Crossrail is now completely owned by Ronny Dillen and Jeroen Le Jeune (as DLC formerly was).
In 2017 the operation of Crossrail in Switzerland was ended.

Website: http://www.crossrail.be/

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Lineas

Network length, gauge and electrification (2016):

In 2016 a majority stake in the freight business of SNCB/NMBS was sold to Argos Soditic. This company was renamed from B Logistics into Lineas in April 2017. There is still a strong cooperation between SNCB/NMBS and Lineas, its former freight arm.

Website: http://www.lineas.be/

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RT - RailTraxx

Network length, gauge and electrification (2015):

RailTraxx is a privately-owned open-access freight operator based in Belgium. They are licensed to operate trains in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.

Website: http://www.railtraxx.com/

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TrainsporT AG

Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):

After having been granted an operating license over Belgian tracks, this company has started to operate its first open-access freight trains in Belgium. The main market is the Antwerpen-Aachen axis. The head office of TrainsporT is located at Raeren, on the former Vennbahn line.

Website: http://www.trainsport.com/

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Last update: 20-01-2018