This day was live-tooted on Mastodon, and the updates only showed here on the site on the day itself. You can still find the Mastodon thread from the day here: https://gruene.social/@jon/110976542949738607
Introduction and summary videos
A reasonably simple day to start the autumn project – 4 trains, 1 tram, and a short bike ride. Today I am investigating the dismantled cross border line Vieux-Condé [FR] – Péruwelz [BE]. Opened in 1874, and dismantled in 1978, part of the alignment is today used by the Valenciennes-Condé tram line. Maybe there would be potential for a cross border tram line here? You can find out more about this connection in Annex 3 of the European Commission’s 2018 study – PDF here.
Once I reach the Belgian side I will then go via Mons to Bruxelles, where there is an informal event at 18:00 at aLoft in the EU quarter.
I’m not visiting it today, but the EU Agency for Railways has its seat in Valenciennes. My 2022 project started there – hence the pic above of me with Josef Doppelbauer, the boss of the agency.
The background for the Autumn 2023 project can be found here.
Route – with the focus on today’s border crossing
The full zoomable and scrollable map, including today’s route, is on uMap here.
Photo by EU Agency for Railways, used with permission