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Location DB > Belgium > Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest > Brussels > De Lijn (Public Transport Company)
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De Lijn (Public Transport Company)
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created by witam on 1/17/2007 7:19 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2016 10:31 AM
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 Overview
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This bus repair place is completely locked in between houses that front the triangle of streets around it. It has one gate that was used for buses to exit and enter the property. It has repair halls for buses, a washing street for buses, a washing room for people and a mess hall. Cellars and a bunker, depending on the weather, but mostly flooded. There are also two administrative buildings, but those are not so interesting.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Being Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Address
Barastraat
Brussels, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest
Belgium
Owner: Brussels
 Hazards
  • flooding
  • water
  •  Interesting Features
    *When it isn't flooded, there is a bunker with repair parts of buses that is connected to the major repair hall.
    *Major repair halls where an old wooden tram can still be found
    *There has been a fire in one of the cellars, which besides making the building stink, has created very nice textures
    *The drawing tables (also in the repair halls) which they used to make the paper that were used to create the glass boards which indicated the destination of the bus. Some glass boards have survived as well.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 2006
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  •  Recommended Equipment

     History
    Before 1991 public transport companies in Belgium wasn't divided in the same way as today. Every major city had its own public transport company (buses, metro, trams) but in 1991 everything in the Flanders got joined, as did everything in Walloon. Brussels was an oddity: it is located in the Middle of Flanders so while it got its own public transport company, part of the existing patrimony also went to Flanders because they brought the people from outside Brussels into it.

    As a result one of the major public transport locations within Brussels went to the Flanders, namely the Bara. This location was equipped to repair trams and buses, but also stored them through the night.

    However the company decided to move all the buses (by that time there were no more trams in this company) to another city, so all the repair buildings were left alone. For one year the storage-buildings for the buses were also used as a racing circuit for go carts but when they didn't pay the rent, these buildings were completely abandoned.

    The administrative forces remained for a bit until they followed the buses (their new building needed to be built first) 5 years ago.

    Still, a small shop to buy tickets to the bus remained. In 2006 they also went away and the property was sold to Brussels.
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     Future Plans
    When all the paperwork is completed it will be torn down to develop some new office-buildings.
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    Visit De Lijn
    Wed, Jan 17th, 2007
    posted by witam
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    Last visit
    Wed, Mar 7th, 2007
    posted by witam
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2016 10:31 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Dec 20 16 at 10:31, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 20 16 at 10:31, Emperor Wang changed the following: Display Name
  • on Mar 24 07 at 14:57, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 24 07 at 7:07, witam updated gallery picture IMG_1459.jpg
  • on Mar 17 07 at 17:55, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 17 07 at 7:45, witam made this location public
  • on Mar 17 07 at 7:45, witam changed the following: Status, Hazards, Security Measures
  • on Mar 13 07 at 3:45, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 12 07 at 21:05, witam updated gallery Last visit
  • on Mar 12 07 at 21:04, witam updated gallery picture IMG_1496.jpg
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