Railway station, Lichtervelde

From the very beginning of the war, Lichtervelde was given an important logistical function, in which the railway station played a crucial role. With just a three hour walk to the front line, the Lichtervelde station was used for the transportation of troops, ammunition and equipment to and from the war front. Complementing the Ortskommandantur that controlled civil life in the village, a Bahnhofskommandantur was established to regulate the use of sentries and signalers, so that the logistical side of things would run smoothly. During the war, the line between Bruges and Kortrijk was used for military traffic only; citizens could no longer make use of the connection. 

Because of its strategic importance, the railway station was a popular target of Allied bombardments. Near the station, the Germans installed several material depots and ammunition arsenals. Because of the many bombings, the Germans decided to build a realistic replica of the station at a safe distance from the real station. The replica included real lights and signals, and to create the illusion of railway traffic, a number of old railcars were pulled back and forth by a mechanical system. The list fooled the Allies for months. 

After the final offensive drive, the railway station was largely destroyed.