From the middle of the 19th century trains were already being used to transport workers to and from their work. Commuting is a typically Belgian phenomenon. Not only that, the train also drives tourism and takes people across the borders.
Lose yourself in the world of travellers, the 19th-century worker going to the factory and the business man taking the TEE from one European destination to the next. From the family going on a trip to the sea or the Ardennes to the aristocrat travelling to the exotic east by Orient-Express.
It was a hit with the royal family from day one. No carriages have been preserved from the time of Leopold I, but there are two royal carriages to be admired: one from the time of Leopold II and Albert I and another from the time of Leopold III and Baudouin.
By exception we're closed today.