Last month when I was in Lisbon for the SteemFest, I spared some time for a ride on the famous historic tram 28. After realizing how much I loved the best old days, I went on a tour the other day in the tram museum in Brussels, to discover more about the trams in the past days. I like travelling with trams and have done it in many European cities. We don’t have that many trams in China nowadays any more like in Europe, which makes me love the trams even more.
Whether you are interested in trams and public transport systems, the tram museum is well worth a visit. It is located in a quite neighborhood in Brussels, surrounded with several parks, yet easily accessible by trams and metros. The museum is filled with very old and not so old trams.
Inside the museum there’s a special display on the ground showing the Woluwe River below. In fact, a large part of Brussels city is built above the Woluwe River.
They even have someone acting as ticket men from the old days.
I noticed long times ago, people used to travel much more with trams, not only within Brussels city, but you can also travel to the nearby cities. Now all these intercity routes are replaced with the trains.
The museum wasn’t very big compare to the TrainWorld I visited last time, but you find all different tram examples, from the restored versions of the vintage 19th century horse-drawn ones to the modern ones similar as seen on the streets nowadays. it is cozy to visit on a snowy winter day, if you get tired, can sit down in one of those vintage trams or have a warm drink in the cafe at the corner.
It was surprising to see the first tram used in Belgium, when passengers had to sit on top of the vehicle. It reminds me of the old bus I saw in Colombia, except this old tram was carried by horses (poor horses, had to carry so many people).
Among the collection of old plates, I found those special for the Brussels 1958 EXPO. The famous landmark Atomium was also built because of the EXPO.
Except for the wonderful collection of old trams, the museum also offers visitors to experience a ride to the forest near Tervuren, with the old 62 tram. Having taken trams in Brussels for a year to my French school, I felt the “traditional” tram was pretty much similar to the ones I take from Louise to Legrand. I guess it would be better to do the tour during the day, then you can see how Brussels is surrounded with forest.
One great thing with this free tram experience was that you can enjoy some Belgian beer on the tram. Go for it if you like beers because you aren’t allowed to drink on a regular tram in town.