msernak wrote:I will be in Oevel Belgium for two weeks this month. What rail lines are worth checking out? I am interested mainly in freight trains.
Where is Oevel? I know the main towns in Belgium but have never heard of this place. Perhaps it is a village. The spelling suggests it is in Vlaanderen.
Belgium has a dense rail network, almost all electrified to 3000 volt DC with overhead line. There are frequent passenger trains on all lines as well as freight on main lines. The freight tends to be long distance from and to other countries. On the coast there are important ports (visible from the Coastal tram system) at Oostende and Zeebrugge. Container trains originate at these. They are usually electrically hauled, sometimes with locomotives capable of using the different electrification systems in neighbouring countries.
A good place to watch a variety of trains is Gent St Peters Station.