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ICNG-AlstomPrivate operator Arriva launches ‘night train’ to Schiphol Airport
09/01/2023 – Private operator Arriva launched a ‘night train’ to Schiphol Airport. Not under a public service concession, but at its own commercial risk. An interesting initiative. Don’t look for sleeper cars or sleeping cars: there aren’t any! This « night train » is written between inverted commas because it has nothing to do…

ICNG-AlstomEuropean sleeper finally offers a start date for his Brussels-Amsterdam-Berlin service
06/01/2023 – This time it’s the right one! European Sleeper announced end December 2022 a specific date to start operating its Brussels-Berlin night train. As you may recall, in April 2021 the Dutch company European Sleeper decided to create a night train between Ostend, Brussels, Berlin and Prague. The route…

ICNG-AlstomEThe dutch national operator ns renews its trust in caf and awards 60 double-decker trains contract
09/12/2022 – The Dutch national operator NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen), which operates commuter and intercity trains on the Dutch Main Rail Network , has placed its trust in CAF once again, by ordering a new fleet of double-deck trains for intercity services. This new contract follows the successful SNG-Civity train sets for commuter services, of which the last of in total 206 train…

ICNG-AlstomNew order from NS to CAF as preffered bidder
06/09/2022 – In 2014, CAF signed a contract with the Dutch operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen to supply Civity type commuter trains. The new electric units run in consists of 3, 4 and 6 cars in the “Sprinter” services of the Dutch network. This is a low floor train, designed to provide maximum passenger comfort. Recently, NS is running a tender for a new generation of double-deck EMUs and has selected…

ICNG-AlstomAlstom unveils its Coradia Stream ICNG trainset in the Netherlands
05/07/2022 – French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom and Netherlands-based national railway operator NS have unveiled the Coradia Stream Intercity Next Generation (ICNG) trains at Rotterdam Central Station. Earlier, Alstom received a contract from NS for the delivery of 79 Coradia Stream trains, which are anticipated to operate…

Hitachi_RailDigital solution partnership agreed to boost rail freight reliability
14/02/2022 – Hitachi Rail and Netherlands-based independent telematic solution provider, Intermodal Telematics (IMT), have agreed an exclusive long-term partnership that will add IMT’s pioneering monitoring sensors to Hitachi’s existing digital freight service. The agreement will allow Hitachi to offer rail freight companies around the world a solution that provides real-time monitoring to improve…

Thalys-SNCF-BrusselsThalys: 25 years old and a future to consolidate
06/06/2021 – Since the 1980s, a project for an international high-speed train had been in the making. In October 1987, a political decision in Brussels was made to build a high-speed network between France and northern Europe, including the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. Now Thalys have 25 years old.

Solaris Urbino 12Transdev: contracts in Sweden and electric buses in the Netherlands
05/26/2020 – The French company Transdev with trains in Sweden and hydrogen-powered buses in the Netherlands. How Northern Europe manages its public transport.

NS_Den_Haag_Centraal_NovioSites_wikiNetherlands: NS launches tender for at least 30,000 seats
04/17/2020 – The Dutch public railway operator NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen), has launched a call for tenders for the acquisition of a new fleet of high-capacity Emu. These trainsets will replace NS’s existing DDZ trainsets. The full program will take about 7 years to complete. The aim of this tender process is to select potential new suppliers in 2022, with delivery planned for 2027…

Zuidas_02In 2030, you will no longer be going to Amsterdam-Central!
01/27/2020 – In 2030 Amsterdam Central Station will no longer be the station for international train traffic from and to the capital. This will be Amsterdam-Zuid.

KL1724_2KLM to replace Brussels flight with Thalys – 09/14/2019 – Replace the plane on short distance? KLM will do it on Amsterdam-Brussels. From the end of March 2020, the airline KLM will remove one of its five daily flights to replace it with a TGV Thalys.

Prorail_IntercityThe Netherlands : the network reaches its limits. Towards a six-second schedule?
09/03/2018 – Do we have the capacity – and the money – to further increase the number of railways tracks and all the civil engineering that goes with it (noise barriers, bridges, underpasses)? Are we get to a point where maybe we should say « stop the concrete » ? This is the big question from the Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail. Which offers solutions.