From Auderghem a pathway lies
Beside the Parc de Woluwé
Its man-made straightness a surprise
Leopold II planned it that way.
Electricity was all the rage
When he planned his great endeavour
A train connection – narrow gauge
For his Exhibition – the best ever!
The Congo was his personal fief
He put its treasures on display
Creating villages on the heath
It was Tervuren's great heyday!
What better than a railway line
Electrified – as we have said?
The masses took it as a sign
That Belgium was one step ahead.
In the Belle Epoque the tracks were laid;
The Bruxellois came by the score
The railway did a roaring trade;
But that was then; it is no more...
Tracks ripped out - now walkway new
Joggers set the pace at last
But who stops to admire the view
Or imagines small trains whizzing past?
(c) Poet in the woods 2016
Note: Congo Exhibition - 1897