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Old 29th December 2016, 01:07   #16
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Brussel Centraal has an escalator that is already 3 years out of use. Exit to Grasmarkt. There are no spare parts!

Those Escalators are museum pieces indeed. Spare parts are difficult to find or must be machined by the SNCB shops themselves. They have not been left in place for lack of means to renew them but rather as a voluntarily conservation act. But there is a ramp with a very gentle slope going the same way so it's not a problem even with luggage. Storm in a train cup, I'd say...

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Old 29th December 2016, 15:26   #17
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How bigger the station; so more hazzle to change platforms. And if you do not understand Dutch and French; it is more difficult! Watch the screens i would say for correct platform information.

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Old 29th December 2016, 18:00   #18
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Indeed. When I have tight connections in Brussels I always try to change in Central. Only 6 tracks to chose from. 12 in North, 22 in Midi. No brainer.

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Old 29th December 2016, 23:26   #19
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This about Brussel Centraal/Central, but Brussel Zuid/Midi. Looking at the travelplanner there are trains (after the 11.59) at 12.16 ( to Brugge), 12,25 (Kortrijk), 12.44 (Blankenberge) and 12.59 (Oostende). So 4 trains an hour to Gent; enough trains to choose from. At Gent there are no Eurostartrains to the UK. That the topicstarter says that he travels with heavy cargo is a non issue.
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Old 4th January 2017, 20:39   #20
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Wow , something worse than Euston for last minute platform changes .
Never thought that would be possible
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Old 4th January 2017, 20:44   #21
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Wow , something worse than Euston for last minute platform changes .
Never thought that would be possible
And it looks like you now have to go *outside the station* for E*. Wha?
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Old 5th January 2017, 08:15   #22
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Wow , something worse than Euston for last minute platform changes .
Never thought that would be possible
Perhaps that is why they wish you to wait until it is announced.
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Old 5th January 2017, 10:32   #23
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And it looks like you now have to go *outside the station* for E*. Wha?
No you don't. You just have to walk a bit further through the commercial part of the station.
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Old 5th January 2017, 12:18   #24
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Temporary, while the E* terminal is re-formatted, I suppose for the 'processing' of the passengers coming from the Netherlands, when the new trains A'dam-London will be in operation.

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Old 8th January 2017, 15:39   #25
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Wow , something worse than Euston for last minute platform changes .
Never thought that would be possible
Indeed. The 19.20 to Manchester platform was announced last Monday, when that train should have departed. Depart was at 19.33 and arrived with a delay of 6 minutes in Manchester.
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Old 9th January 2017, 20:22   #26
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I find that the temporary check-in at Zuid actually flows faster than the old one did!
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Old 24th January 2017, 19:18   #27
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Hey! This thread gets a mention in the latest Today's Railways Europe!
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Old 24th January 2017, 19:39   #28
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Feb edition out already?
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Yes, it was out on Monday.
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