History

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, FCF-00522

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, FCF-00522

Archives nationales de Luxembourg

Archives nationales de Luxembourg

1857

02.03

Foundation of the first railway company in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

The "Société Royal Grand-Ducale des Chemins de Fer Guillaume Luxembourg" (GL) was founded, with its headquarters in Luxembourg.

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, FCF-00537

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, FCF-00537

Théo Mey © Photothèque VdL

Théo Mey © Photothèque VdL

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, FCF-CP-03-0017

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, FCF-CP-03-0017

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, Plan4

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, Plan4

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, FCF-00308_01

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, FCF-00308_01

Marcel Schroeder © Photothèque VdL

Marcel Schroeder © Photothèque VdL

1859

11.08

Opening of the first Luxembourg railway line

Just two years after the creation of the "Société Royal Grand-Ducale des Chemins de Fer Guillaume Luxembourg" a first line opens to rail traffic, linking the capital of Luxembourg to Bettembourg, to France (Metz / Thionville).

Creation of the first station

Alongside the opening of the first railway line of the country, the first station in Luxembourg is created. Military strategy requires, that the building is built entirely of wood.

15.09

Second Luxembourg railway line

A month after the opening of a first line towards Bettembourg, it is a second Luxembourg railway line; connecting Luxembourg to Kleinbettingen, to Belgium (Arlon / Brussels).

05.10

Official inauguration

In the spring of 1869, the Prince Henry Railway Company is founded. The idea is to create a secondary network of railway lines, complementary to the main lines granted to "Société Royal Grand-Ducale des Chemins de Fer Guillaume Luxembourg", also called Compagnie Guillaume Luxembourg. The headquarters of the "Compagnie des chemins de fer Prince-Henri" is located in Petange.

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, MCN-06599

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, MCN-06599

Mémorial 1869

Mémorial 1869

1869

19.03

Foundation of the railway company "Compagnie des chemins de fer Prince-Henri"

In the spring of 1869, the Prince Henry Railway Company is founded. The idea is to create a secondary network of railway lines, complementary to the main lines granted to "Société Royal Grand-Ducale des Chemins de Fer Guillaume Luxembourg", also called Compagnie Guillaume Luxembourg. The headquarters of the "Compagnie des chemins de fer Prince-Henri" is located in Petange.

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, FCF-00085

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, FCF-00085

1877

The "Compagnie des chemins de fer Prince-Henri" is replaced by the "Société Anonyme des Railways Minières Prince Henri" (PH)

Founded in 1869, the "Compagnie des chemins de fer Prince-Henri" folds and sells its rolling stock and its activities to the "Société Anonyme des Railways Minières Prince Henri".

Camille Aschman © Photothèque VdL

Camille Aschman © Photothèque VdL

Collection Kugener © Photothèque VdL

Collection Kugener © Photothèque VdL

1907

18.04

Construction of the new Luxembourg station

Almost 50 years after its inauguration, the "Gare de Luxembourg" is changing. The half-timbered building changes and gradually takes the shape of the current building. The German architects Rüdell, Jüsgen and Scheuffel choose the Moselle baroque style for the main building and its bell tower.

Tony Krier © Photothèque VdL

Tony Krier © Photothèque VdL

1942

09.06

Forced incorporation of the Luxembourg rail network into the German railway network "Deutsche Reichsbahn"

With the Second World War and forced Germanisation, these are Luxembourg’s darkest hours of its history. The Luxembourg rail network is forcibly incorporated into the German railway network "Deutsche Reichsbahn".

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, TC-0346

Archives nationales de Luxembourg, TC-0346

1946

14.05

Foundation of the "Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois" (SNCFL) with headquarters in Luxembourg

In the aftermath of the Second World War, an agreement between the Luxembourg, French and Belgian governments to create the Luxembourg National Railway Company, headquartered in Luxembourg is made.

Pol Aschman © Photothèque VdL

Pol Aschman © Photothèque VdL

1951

Creation of the CFL road service

The length of the Luxembourg rail network had been reduced by almost half in the span of twenty years, from 500 km in 1948 to 275 km in 1968. In 1951, the CFL decided to set up bus service to provide an alternative means of transport on old railway lines.

Pol Aschman © Photothèque VdL

Pol Aschman © Photothèque VdL

Pol Aschman © Photothèque VdL

Pol Aschman © Photothèque VdL

Pol Aschman © Photothèque VdL

Pol Aschman © Photothèque VdL

1956

29.09

Solemn inauguration of electrification

The Luxembourg rail network takes a big step forward with the electrification of the Brussels - Luxembourg and Luxembourg - Metz lines.

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

1979

Construction of the terminal

Starting the construction works of the terminal in Bettembourg.

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

1980

Luxfreight

The Terminal operator Luxfreight terminal is created in 1980.

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© Archives CFL

© Archives CFL

© Archives CFL

1993

25.09

Solemn inauguration of electrification

The CFL extend the electrification of the national rail network. This time of the northern line from Luxembourg to Troisvierges (Gouvy).

© Paul Gudendorf

© Paul Gudendorf

1994

Commissioning of the computerised signaling station in Luxembourg

The railway signaling had been controlled manually until then, now it is gradually being automated, and the signaling stations are equipped accordingly.

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

1997

CLB & EuroLux Cargo

Creation of CLB & EuroLux Cargo companies.

Creation of the company CFL-Immo

Creation of a subsidary for the management of the rail real estate infrastructure in state or CFL property.

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© Archives CFL

1999

Creation of the company CFL-Evasion

Since 1999 CFL Evasion helps its clients with travel planning and bookings.

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

2002

VEG at the port of Antwerp

The first foreign freight subsidiary is created in Belgium VEG at the port of Antwerp.

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© Archives CFL

2004

Modernisation of passenger rolling stock

In 2004, after many years of good and loyal service, the CFL rolling stock fleet received a new look. Since then, all rolling stock has been continuously modernised and expanded, as a necessity for both passenger and freight transport.

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

2006

CFL cargo & subsidiaries CFL cargo Deutschland / CFL cargo Danmark

The creation of CFL cargo and the subsidiaries CFL cargo Deutschland, CFL cargo Danmark takes place in 2006.

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

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2007

CFL multimodal & subsidiaries ELO, TIB

CFL multimodal and subsidiaries ELO, TIB are created in 2007.

The first Bettembourg rail motorway - Le Boulou

The creation of Lorry Rail and the launch of the Bettembourg - Le Boulou rail motorway.

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

2008

Ateliers de Pétange

In 2008, the creation of the new CFL cargo subsidiary: Ateliers de Pétange.

CLB becomes CFL multimodal

In 2008 the company CLB becomes CFL multimodal.

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

2010

Creation of CFL cargo France

The next big step for CFL cargo: the creation of CFL cargo France.

CFL cargo joins the Xrail Alliance

CFL cargo becomes a member of the Xrail Alliance.

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

2011

Purchase of Lentz Logistics

Purchase of the company Lentz Logistics renamed Lentz multimodal.

© Carsten S. Lundsten

© Carsten S. Lundsten

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

2012

Creation of CFL cargo Sverige

The subsidiary CFL cargo Sverige is created.

Combined train Bettembourg - Trieste

First launch of the combined train Bettembourg - Trieste.

Infrastructure upgrades

Conscious of the growing needs in access and reception infrastructures, the CFL undertake modernization works of the Luxembourg Station. It follows the commissioning of the new double-track line connecting Luxembourg to Pétange.

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

2014

Connection Bettembourg - Lyon

The launch of the Bettembourg - Lyon connection is in 2014.

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

2015

Reuniting of CFL cargo and CFL multimodal entities

CFL cargo and CFL multimodal entities approach and a revamping of the brand identity is launched.

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© Archives CFL

2016

Commissioning of the European Train Speed Control System (ETCS) on the entire Luxembourg rail network (CFL)

CFL do not spare when it comes to safety. The commissioning of the European Train Speed Control System (ECTS) on the entire national rail network was commissioned.

CFL freight activities under the CFL multimodal brand

The subsidiary of the CFL Group, CFL multimodal, is created. This group brings together all of the group's merchandise business and finally becomes a key player in logistics, in Luxembourg and beyond its borders.

© CFL multimodal

© CFL multimodal

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2017

New warehouse and new terminal

New infrastructures complete the freight offer: a warehouse and an intermodal terminal based in Bettembourg-Dudelange.

Creation of the subsidiary CFL Mobility

CFL Mobility is responsible for managing the carsharing offer, Flex, of the CFL.