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RAW M (Germany)

This Reichsbahnausbesserungswerk (RAW), a large workshop where locomotives were repaired and serviced, dates back to the 1890s. The impressive maintenance hall with no less than 45 tracks makes it one of Germany’s largest RAW’s. The workshop even had its own small power station. Nowadays the offices, the repair- and maintenance halls and the power station are left to rot.

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RAW Pankow (Germany)

One of the abandoned roundhouses in Berlin built by the Reichsbahn, the German national railway. The roundhouse together with the adjacent turntable was used to repair locomotives.

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Sabena Plane (Belgium)

Abandoned Boeing 707. The airplane was first registered in 1961 by international air carrier PanAm (Pan American Airlines) and was later on sold to the government of Benin. Legend has it that this plane was used to train cabin cleaning staff. Now, it stands deserted on the flat, concrete grounds of a large parking lot in a rural Belgian village.

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Gare de Hombourg (Belgium)

The railway lines at the Gare de Hombourg were already constructed before 1900. In 1940, during WW2, the German Army used the station and the tracks for the connection between Belgium and Aachen. After the war, Belgians started using the station and its tracks again until it was closed for passengers (in 1957) and freights (in 1962). In 1992, the tracks were demolished and the station was left abandoned. Today the tracks have been rebuilt and the station has been reconverted to a restaurant. The old rusty trains will be restored to become part of a railway museum.

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Rail Cargo (Belgium)

Abandoned locomotives trainyard. About 50 of these quite modern locomotives are left to rot at the place.

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Gare de D (Belgium)

Small abandoned train station somewhere in Belgium.

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RAW Potsdam (Germany)

The National Railways repair works in Potsdam was built in 1838, being the first German RAW. Trains were repaired and maintained in Potsdam continuously until 31 December 1999, when the last locomotive rolled out of Potsdam.

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T & T (Belgium)

This immense place used to house the first European postal service (between Brussels and Vienna). Around 1900, a big expansion was agreed, as the site became a merchandise station, big warehouse and maritime port. The works for these expansions ended ten years later. In 1987 this fine example of ‘Industrial Revolution’-architecture became abandoned.

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Gare de l’Est (Belgium)

Small abandoned train station in the south of Belgium.

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Steam train graveyard (Belgium)

Steam train graveyard in Belgium. Many old carriages and steam locomotives are waiting to be restored at the graveyard. The crown piece of the yard is a Henschell locomotive dating back to 1846. This steam locomotive was used at a German steel plant and later at a coal mine and cokes plant.

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Werkplaats NMBS (Belgium)

Abandoned workshop, once used by the Belgian National Railways.

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Montevideo (Belgium)

The Montevideo halls were built in 1895 in a typical ‘Industrial Revolution’- architecture style. The British Army used these sheds in the Antwerp harbour for storage (butter, thee, cheese, ham, cigarettes, coffee, etc) until the 1950’s. The halls are long abandoned and will be reconverted soon.

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Beliard (Belgium)

Beliard, a big shipyard at the Belgian sea, was found in 1923. At first they mainly produced fishing boats but when they merged with Crighton (in the 50’s) and later with Mercantile (in the 80’s) the shipyard changed its production to steal boats and later to polyester.

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Dépôt de Douane (Belgium)

Abandoned customs depot, once part of a big goods station.

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Centrale werkplaatsen (Belgium)

Train maintenance and repair depot by the Belgian Railways. The big halls were used between 1863 and 1993. Some of the halls are protected as industrial heritage.

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