Hot air ballons are a popular means of sightseeing in this area. Here two lift off from Trois Bornes ('three frontiers' in French) into the evening breeze as an empty limestone train returns from the Ruhr area in Germany for another load of the white stuff from the Maas valley.
These trains are a good indicator of the economy as measured by the output of the steel mills. At the height of the economic crisis of 2008/2009, they would run maybe once a week with 6-8 cars. Now they are back to their normal thrice-weekly schedule and generally are between 10 and 18 cars long.
By the time the photo was taken temps were almost at the freezing point. We hit -6 C that night - quite unusual for October.
Limestone empties 48566 (Oberhausen/D - Hermalle s/Huy) crossing the viaduc de Moresnet.
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