Today in History - May 5th. 1835 - First Rail Transport in Belgium

May 5th. 1835 marks an important historical event for Belgium.
The first Rail Transport in Belgium between Brussels and
Mechelen (in English: Mechlin) was opened.

Train Station Sint-Niklaas Belgium Railway History
Railway Station in Sint-Niklaas

After splitting from the Netherlands King Leopold of Belgium
and his ministers decided to stimulate the industry.

King Leopold I of Belgium

Belgium became a railway center of the region. Nowadays Belgium still
has a very good Railway connection between the major cities
(although the punctuality could be better ...).

Train Station Antwerp Belgium Railway History
Railway Station of Antwerp, Belgium