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    Brussels joined other world cities with a state-financed underground railway on Monday (20 September) when King Baudouin inaugurated its first line.

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    Brussels joined other world cities with a state-financed underground railway on Monday (20 September) when King Baudouin inaugurated its first line.

    SYNOPSIS: The station chosen for the inauguration had a little extra decoration added for the visit of the King. The new trains can carry up to 1,200 passengers - each compartment in two-way communication with the driver. The carriages and drivers compartment are built to the most up-to-date standards of safety and comfort.

    Instead of breaking the traditional bottle of champagne, the bottle was opened and the champagne poured over the first passenger train to use the service. The ceremony was accompanied by bag-pipe music played as the train pulled out of the station.

    The King then travelled on one of the first underground trains. For the moment, the service will be run over a Y-shaped length of track 10 kilometres (6 miles) long. Eventually, the Belgian government hopes to put into operation 60-kilometres (40 miles) of underground railway track servicing brussels. Before the service was hours old, underground officials found they were faced with some of the same problems common to similar services in London, Paris, Tokyo or New York....too many passengers and too few trains. As travel was free on opening day, the situation was aggravated by thousands of joy-riding schoolchildren fighting for places with rush-hour commuters.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8HMMOBMXBTP7VLVC21RGFJQXK
    Media URN:
    VLVA8HMMOBMXBTP7VLVC21RGFJQXK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/09/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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