The story of the TRAIN HOSTEL BRUSSELS
Our idea was to offer an "exceptional", surprising, friendly and economically affordable hosting experience for everyone: families, groups, tourists and business travellers.
At the end of 2011, we had bought a magnificent one century-old building, seducting by its location (the proximity to the train station and public transport) and by the beauty of the environment.
The theme of the train came naturally after the announcement of SNCB to construct the museum "TRAIN WORLD" under the scenographic supervision of the famous artist François Schuiten. Obvious convergences emerged from the first contacts with the SNCB officials, the municipal authorities and the artist. This way, the TRAIN HOSTEL concept was born.
It was followed by 4 years of reflection and titanic work.
Installing segments of authentic railway cars weighing more than 30 tons on the top of the building, was not an easy task. In addition to the necessary authorizations, the building had to be strengthened.
We built a sort of concrete table above the existing building. The feet of the table cross the building from top to bottom and finally sink into the ground in order to anchor in the geologically hard layer.
In parallel, it was necessary to create the spirit of the concept and to acquire and accumulate the railway and industrial objects that represent the soul of our decoration. It is the result of long research, miles of morning brochures, donations from enthusiasts, collaborations and unexpected meetings,that were incredibly enriching.
The result is in front of you.
All the objects that surround you have had a previous life and reflect the industrial and human heritage of our rail. All of it belong to an epic that we can be proud of.
We opened our doors to the public in September 2015.
Train Hostel offers several types of accommodation in single rooms with private shower rooms, shared rooms or authentic train cabins.
These railway cars were still traveling the European railways a few years ago and carried millions of passengers.
Human first :
One of the essential values of Train Hostel is the cordiality. We wanted a place where everyone feels WELL regardless of the side of the counter they're in.
Guests will find a "take one, leave" library, a bar, an old football table and a billiards table.
We hope that TH, its atmosphere, its decoration and the occasional events that we organize are a source of inspiration and sharing. During their stay, people enjoy the original concept and have the opportunity to meet new people and discover new cultural, linguistic or social-economic backgrounds.
Some numbers :
Building Construction: +/- 1910
Previous assignment: Studio photo and cinematographic specialized in stop motion.
Acquisition of the building: Dec 2011
Announcement of the creation of TrainWorld by the SNCB: +/- March 2012
Acquisition of train cars: April 2012
Start of works: August 2012
Placement of cars: Sep 2012 and Nov 2013
End of works and opening to the public: Sept 2015
Capacity: 36 rooms and compartments; +/- 200 beds or berths.
Railroad cars :
Type of car: I5 - SNCB
Curb weight: +/- 44T
Initial commissioning: +/- 1975
Complete renovation: +/- 1995
Railway use until +/- 2008