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Railway Maldegem – Eeklo.

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Steam train Maldegem-Eeklo (formerly known as Stoomcentrum Maldegem) is the centre of a historic railway line, on the former station site in Maldegem, Belgium.better times
The railway line with line number 58 was previously operated by the NMBS and connected Ghent with Bruges. The rise of the car heralded the decline that lasted until 1959, when passenger traffic between Eeklo and Bruges was replaced by buses. The last passenger train left for Bruges on February 26, 1959 at around 9:30 PM. Although the Maldegem - Bruges section was already broken up in the early 1960s, freight trains continued to run between Eeklo and Maldegem until April 26, 1988.
At the end of the eighties, however, activity started again on and around the Maldegem station site. A group of Bruges rail enthusiasts - who had outgrown the model building phase and had tried their hobby on a private property in Maldegem for some years - settled in Maldegem and bought up all the buildings (station, freight shed, track warden's house) abandoned by the NMBS.
The Maldegem-Eeklo steam train immediately started with the construction of a narrow gauge on the old river bed towards Bruges and, after the abolition of freight traffic, could also run-on standard gauge.

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