3 photos taken on December 27, 2014.
Essen station is the last railway station along line 12 before the Dutch border and the northernmost railway station in Belgium. The station in Essen was once the most important border station between Belgium and the Netherlands. Because customs formalities were completed here for cross-border traffic, there are many adjustment tracks. The current station building dates from 1901 and was built in eclectic style, with a metal support and lots of natural stone. The adjacent customs warehouse dates from the same period. Since 1896, there have also been quarantine stables at this border station where, up to the 1970s, mainly cattle were quarantined via a special unloading quay to check the animals for infectious diseases.