The Wallonia Public Transport Museum’s collections are made up of specimens that provide an overview of urban and inter-urban public transport in the Liège region and in Wallonia from the 18th century to the present day :
- Fifty vehicles on display inside the museum.
- 6 vehicles on display outside the museum.
- Fifteen vehicles awaiting restoration.
- Almost 2,000 objects.
- More than 150 metres’ worth of archives.
- More than 5,000 maps and posters.
- A photographic and audio-visual collection of approximately 4,000 documents.
- A collection of intangible heritage, set up in 2012 (containing twenty filmed interviews and fifteen audio recordings).
- A document library (of monographs, periodicals, memoirs, etc.)
For further details, refer to the inventory of holdings and collections at the Wallonia Public Transport Museum.
The collection of vehicles is the beating heart of the museum. It has been enhanced and supplemented as time has gone by, in order to be representative of how transport has developed in Wallonia. Among its collections, the museum boasts the entirety of all the vehicles preserved from the urban public transport networks of Liège and Verviers, as well as a significant amount of vehicles preserved from the Charleroi network. It also possesses a dozen specimens of SNCV/NMVB (Vicinal tramway company) rolling stock.
The great majority of the vehicles displayed at the MTCW are both unique examples and significant elements from the history of urban and vicinal public transport in Wallonia through what they represented or thanks to the technical milestones that they embodied.
Among the most remarkable vehicles are the following :
- The gala carriage of François-Antoine de Méan, the last Prince-Bishop of Liège, and the only preserved vehicle of this type in Wallonia (from the Province of Liège – Museum of Walloon Life collections).
- The Ciney-Dinant stagecoach, the last to have been used in Wallonia (from the Province of Liège – Museum of Walloon Life collections).
- A mail coach from the 18th century, the only preserved vehicle of this type in Wallonia (from the Ourthe-Amblève Museum’s collections).
- Trolleybus T402, the only example in the world of a reversible trolleybus.
- Trolleybuses T32 and T54, entirely designed and manufactured in Wallonia (FN, ACEC).
- Horse-drawn trams 11 and 132, the only preserved horse-drawn trams in Wallonia.
- East-West train engine No. 43: the oldest preserved electric engine in Belgium.
- SNCV/NMVB train engine No. 19: the oldest preserved SNCV/NMVB electric engine in Wallonia.
- Engine No. 321 (called a METRO engine): the largest train engine with bogies of its time (the 1930’s), entirely designed and manufactured in Belgium.
- The TAU (Transport Automatisé Urbain or automated urban transport in English): a unique specimen in Belgium of an automatic metro train, which never made it past the prototype stage.