Exploring the Underground Pre-Metro System

Author sophos9 - Last updated: 18.07.2011

On our tour of Belgium, the guys got us into the pre-metro system, big props to Bas and Frits for this. Here are my views of this awesome metro system, really cool place to explore

The Antwerp Premetro is a network, consisting of lines 2, 3, 5, 6 and 15 of the Antwerp Tram system. It is a 1000 mm rail gauge system, which runs underground in the city centre and further out on surface lines, which are separated from motor traffic. It is intended eventually to evolve into a full metro, similar to the Brussels Metro or German Stadtbahns

It was planned at the beginning of the 1970s to build a completely underground network with a length by 15 km and 22 stations. However, due to financial difficulties only 11 stations have been built. The network is now operated by De Lijn.
The first 1.3 km section opened on 25 May 1975 between Opera, Meir and Groenplaats. Further sections were opened in 1980, 1990, 1996 and 2006. The newest station is at Schijnpoort in the northeast of the system.

In the original plan a route was proposed from the south-western suburbs via Opera and Astrid to then eastern suburbs. Some of this line was built but construction stopped in the 1980s due to lack of funds.
Under the Pegasus plan (approved in 2004) several tram lines will be built to the eastern suburbs, using some of the tunnels abandoned in the 1980s, including stations at Opera, Astrid, Drink and Morkhoven.

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Pathway to Black Mesa Complex… by sophos9, on Flickr

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Wormhole – 115 by sophos9, on Flickr

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Unknown Terminal Type… by sophos9, on Flickr

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Project: G.O.A.T (Pre Metro Crew) by sophos9, on Flickr

Hope you enjoy

2 comments

#1SEKJune 9, 2012, 9:50 pm

I guess you guys descended using ropes? Or did you use another entrance? I know the one where you use ropes, but I don’t trust ropes (lol) so I was looking for another entrance…

thanks!

#2SEKJune 9, 2012, 9:50 pm

I’ve seen photo’s of the other entrances but I guess they’re locked, or not?

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