Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Trains in Belgium and Holland

Hi, My wife Ruthe and I visited Belgium and Holland on a river cruise a few weeks ago. We departed on April 6 and were scheduled to return on April 17. However, due to the situation with the volcanic ash we were delayed for a week in Europe but were able to stay aboard our ship. I did get some time to take train/tram photos. What follows is a selection of these photos.

Even outlying stations are significant. Enkhuizen is a double track terminal with a head building. The train in the station is called an Intercity and seems to be similar to Amtrak's Northeast Regional service.

The station at Horn is larger. The train on the left is another Intercity departing. On the right is a commuter train, also departing. There is an electric motor pushing on the other end.

While we were in Horn we rode a steam excursion train. It was nice to be able to peer into people's backyards along the route and the view the rural scenery in a relaxed manner. The cars had wooden seats. All of the personnel, including this conductor, are volunteers.

A railfan in the making?

The big show was in Amsterdam. The ship was docked within a short walk of the station and I took advantage of this twice. Here an ICE train arrives from Germany.

A commuter train and an Intercity arrive simultaneously. The commuter train pictured is labeled Sprinter.

Another commuter train.

This is a Thalys train. It operates between Paris and Brussels, and Paris and Cologne. It is owned by SCNF (French National Railroads), Belgium National Railroads, and Deutsche Bahn (German National Railroads).

Two intercity train sets were painted to promote the Olympics.

The station in Amsterdam is a transit hub. On the river side is a ferry terminal and bus station. On the land side more buses call and there is major tram stop served by at least a dozen routes.

All large European cities have tram systems. The next 4 images were taken in Antwerp.

Finally, the 2 final images in this post were taken in Rotterdam.

I hope you enjoyed the photos. Bob

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