Daily Post: Brussels August 2013

Old World Charm and Modern Trams.

Tram in Brussels.
Flexity tram at Place Royale. Exposed with my Lumix LX3 in August 2013.

The Belgian cities have admirable tram networks. By far the most extensive is that in Brussels. Here tram routes crisscross the city. While long sections of tram subway now serve central Brussels, there’s still lots of street running.

Modern Bombardier-built ‘Flexity’ articulated trams dominate the fleet. Yet there’s still some variety of older cars, including articulated PCCs.

For this segment, I’ve largely focused on the more modern cars as they offer the greatest contrast with Brussels’ eclectic old world architecture.

I have mixed feelings about the gold and silver livery. While more subdued than the gaudy colors used in some cities, it tends to look a bit grimy, especially in dull light.

I explored a theme of  contrasting Brussels' old architecture with its modern trams. Lumix LX3 photo.
I explored a theme of contrasting Brussels’ old architecture with its modern trams. Lumix LX3 photo.
One of Brussels' older trams lurks beyond the fountain. Lumix LX3 photo.
A tram lurks beyond the fountain. Lumix LX3 photo.
Brussels.
This tram was wrapped in an advertising livery. It offered a change from the gold and silver that dominates the modern fleet. Exposed with my Canon EOS 7D.
Twilight glow near Place Royale, Brussels.  Canon EOS 7D.
Twilight glow near Place Royale, Brussels. Canon EOS 7D.
This number 94 car is headed for the Tram Museum (in service, not preservation—not just yet, anyway!). Canon EOS 7D.
This number 94 car is headed for the Tram Museum (in service, not for preservation—not just yet, anyway!). Canon EOS 7D.
Sunset in Brussels. Reminds me of a scene from the cover of a fantasy novel . . .
Sunset in Brussels. Reminds me of a scene from the cover of a fantasy novel . . .

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