In imposing red brick and white stone
Schaerbeek station looms in sight
Its option "car-on-train" well known;
Greet South of France in morning light!
With a “diving bell” atop its spire
And ticket office train display
Rail enthusiasts won't tire
Of whiling a few hours away.
“Train World” beckons through its doors
Track history it is hard to beat
Huge exhibition on three floors
King Philip opened it last week!
In 1835 they came
Steam engines billowed clouds of smoke
Travel would never be the same
In fifty years – no town remote!
Royal carriages decked out
With rare wood seats, electric light
Emblazoned features seen throughout
All mod cons - impressive sight.
Mobile hospital with bed
A parcel service next to none
Memorabilia – railway workmen's shed
Take the audio guide – it's fun!
From “Pays de Waes” Thirty-Nine
To TEE and Eurostar
Now wired for laptops, saving time ...
Farewell the Age of Steam, Papa!
(c) Poet in the woods 2015
Opened on 24th September, 2015 in Schaerbeek Station, Brussels.