Remise Monceau Engine sheds, Charleroi, Belgium, November 2019

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1. The History
Located in Roux, in the region of Charleroi, Belgium, the workshops at Remise Monceau are a former SNCB locomotive traction maintenance depot. Monceau housed a number of different locomotives including diesel Class 73 shunters and Class 52 locomotives and electric Class 22 locos. These were used to service the many heavy industrial sites in the region. A combination of the closure of many of the steel works and coal mines, along with many of the locomotives being downgraded because they no longer met European standards, led to the closure of the depot circa 2000.

A couple of archive pictures. One from 1999 by ©Geert Maes when the depot was in full swing and one by ©Cedric Valance from 2006 before the locos were removed:

49070509603_091f348336_c.jpg Monceau 1999 no.2 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49070509558_fba052376a_z.jpg Monceau 2006 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Since then the locos have been gradually sold off and removed. In 2006, two of the depot’s Class 22 locos where moved over to SNCB’s Charleroi depot to be services before being sold-off to a private operator in Poland, along with a Class 52 loco that was bound for Italy. By around 2014, all of the former SNCB’s locos had been cleared from the site, leaving the workshops to slowly be taken over by nature.

2. The Explore
Found out about this place prior to coming to Belgium a year or so ago but never made it there. So, didn’t want to have to pass on it again. Knew that the locos were no longer there but figured it would still be an interesting explore all the same. It was very much a walk in and didn’t see a soul while I was there. Despite the main attractions being long gone the place is still definitely worth an hour of your time. The first explore of five on a very long day but a really nice and relaxed explore.

3. The Photographs

Quite literally, a walk in:

49061997991_c62df81e48_b.jpg img3994 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061487503_bbb585ca9c_b.jpg img3993 by HughieDW, on Flickr

First up, a few admin buildings separate from the main shed:

49061735726_b1228bc401_b.jpg Trainsheds 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061958247_64d2d858d3_b.jpg Trainsheds 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061224488_edf4832ab0_b.jpg Trainsheds 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49062238962_9fc1cd5bef_b.jpg img3952 by HughieDW, on Flickr

On to the main sheds:

49061957232_88da29ba83_b.jpg Trainsheds 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061956817_2296e7af3a_b.jpg Trainsheds 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061733276_16f8faae37_b.jpg Trainsheds 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061223138_77bed5683d_b.jpg Trainsheds 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061732361_349c3d03bf_b.jpg Trainsheds 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Not too sure what this is:

49062013561_9a8824dba3_b.jpg img3964 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061731811_ed970f63db_b.jpg Trainsheds 11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061954402_69dac41321_b.jpg Trainsheds 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061953967_50c2e098ce_b.jpg Trainsheds 13 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061953497_62739e466a_b.jpg Trainsheds 14 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49062000831_3cbacc3f96_b.jpg img3989 by HughieDW, on Flickr

About the only decent piece of graff in the whole place:

49062232947_a95c4a8dc5_b.jpg img3967 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And outside the front of the sheds:

49061730226_e2610f3fb7_b.jpg Trainsheds 16 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061729481_bfa364c9be_b.jpg Trainsheds 17 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061951537_027c97f041_b.jpg Trainsheds 18 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061728131_575384ec99_b.jpg Trainsheds 19 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061950272_c558186556_b.jpg Trainsheds 20 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And finally, the only piece of rolling stock left:

49061948832_0f5e86214b_b.jpg Trainsheds 22 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49061217033_0decb5f001_b.jpg Trainsheds 21 by HughieDW, on Flickr


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Thats nice mate, how many places did u do out there!!!