By Frédéric de Kemmeter – Railway signalling and freelance copywriter
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Private 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…
European 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…
EThe 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…
New 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…
Alstom 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…
Digital 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: 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.
Transdev: 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.
Netherlands: 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…
In 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.
KLM 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.
The 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.