Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:
Explore the artworks in almost every station, pick up a copy of the 184-page book "When Art Takes the Metro..." for only 5 euros from metro operator STIB's "Bootik" at Rue de l'Evêque 2 (De Brouckère station) or in a bookstore and explore the art in the metro stations. Visit the Transportation Museum for its metro exhibits.
Musée du Transport Urbain Bruxellois. On an area of more than 1500 square meters, the museum exhibits a large collection of trams, buses, trolley buses and taxis, which covers 150 years of Brussels transport history. Since 1982. Location: Woluwe tram depot. Take the Museum Bus from Central Station. Address: Avenue de Tervueren. Hours (check before visiting): Museum is closed and is planned to re-open 4 April 2010. Admission: €5. Reference: mtub-msvb.be (official website).
Strait of Dover (North Sea): Intercity trains run from Brussels to Ostend (Oostende) or Knokke at the coast in 80 minutes. From there, the Kusttram, an interurban LRT, goes along the entire Belgian coast between Knokke at the border with the Netherlands and De Panne near the French border. The Kusttram was rated number 21 world travel secret by Lonely Planet Magazine in July 2009. Length: 69 km, frequency: every 20 minutes, trip duration: 139 minutes. The high speed ride, mostly on its own right of way, offers frequent views of fishing villages, Napoleonic forts, and rolling dunes, and, of course, stops at beaches. There's a station of remarkable old design in De Haan [subways.net], [dekusttram.be].
A high pitch buzzing noise. Some Brussels trains now have next-station announcements. There is a three tone chime and the station is announced in both French and Flemish or vice versa and sometimes just one language.