A Merry Christmas from

Railway station Nijmegen.



The West Somerset Railway is the longest Heritage line in the United Kingdom.

201805211456CrowcombeThe line is situated four miles outside the County town of Taunton, starting at Bishops Lydeard and finishing at Minehead. The line meanders through the Quantock Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty and along the Bristol Channel Coast. We have 10 stations along the line each having something different to offer. There are various historic sites that may be of interest to visitors to the area, for example Crowcombe Heathfield station was the location for the filming of the Beatles’ “A Hard Days Night” and scenes from “The Land Girls” were also shot here. The historic town of Watchet dates back to Saxon times, and boasts narrow streets, local shops, museums and lots of places to eat and drink. Washford is a great place to alight, just a short walk from the station we have Cleeve Abbey and the Torre Cider Farm, which are both well worth a visit. 201805211216DunsterCastleFancy something a little different then why not visit Dunster Castle which is nestled in the medieval village of Dunster? Dunster also has a working Watermill, the Old Yarn Market building and the Dolls Museum or continue on to Minehead home of our final station. Minehead is situated at the foot of North Hill where the beach is literally right across the road, we have cafes, shops and plenty of arcades along the seafront, making this a go to location.

The West Somerset Railway also have combined tickets on selected dates throughout the year. These include, Cream Tea and Cheese and cider specials and linked trips with Hestercombe Gardens and Dunster Castle. We organise Steam Galas in the Spring and Autumn, and we are host to a Diesel Gala too. In the latter part of the year we have our popular Christmas services, we have Santa services running out of Minehead and Bishops Lydeard from the end of November until Christmas Eve, we also have our Sherry and Mince pie specials for you to enjoy.

And this is the exciting view when the track of WSR runs just behind your garden, as is the situation at Nick and Sarah Evelyn’s residence 🙂 🙂 🙂


Official kickoff commuter Arnheim – Düsseldorf, despite problems

De trein van Abellio kwam donderdagmiddag vanuit Düsseldorf naar Arnhem, alwaar de lijn tussen beide steden officieel werd geopend.

The new rail link between Arnhem and Düsseldorf has been opened Thursday afternoon officially. Despite problems with the new trains software, the commuter did not run far, reported carrier Abellio. The commuter would leave this morning at 5:44 am, but could not. The NS has deployed buses between Arnhem and Emmerich and expects the problems to be solved 15.30. Around 19:00 the trains should run according to the timetable, says Abellio.

A train would have arrived at 12.45 from Duisburg in Arnhem, with German representatives. In Arnhem they would meet a Dutch delegation, among other NS CEO Rogier van Boxtel and Gelderland deputy Conny Bieze. On the program included the “baptism” of the train. Because of the problems is that festive program retrenched, says a spokeswoman for the NS.

For the stretch has Abellio, a subsidiary of Dutch Rail, purchased new trains, the Stadler Vamp 3. This electric trains that start up quickly, is suitable for three types of power systems: 15 kV alternating voltage between Düsseldorf and Elten; 25 kV between Elten and Zevenaar and 1.5 kV direct voltage on the Zevenaar-Arnhem. In recent months, it held its test runs. The RE 19, as called the Rhein-IJssel-Express in transport language, would from today link Arnhem and Düsseldorf on weekdays from 5:44 am in the morning until 22:44 in the evening (Arnhem departure times). Once the train pulls into Dutch stations Arnhem and Zevenaar, it crosses the Dutch-German border and the commuter stops afterwards in Emmerich, Oberhausen and Duisburg too. The final destination is the main train station in Düsseldorf.

De stoptrein van Abellio die rijdt tussen Arnhem en Düsseldorf.



2017/03/09 – Platform 1 Station Nijmegen Central  till 2019 out of service

Drukte bij voetgangersdoorgang station Nijmegen. Nijmegen, 7-3-2017 .

It will take at least until 2019 before trains from platform 1a and 1b at Nijmegen Central resume to leave towards Arnhem/Utrecht/ Amsterdam/Schiphol. Only then the drive is adjusted so that travelers to the north no longer need to pass staircases and tunnels to platforms 3 and 4. Since the timetable of the train is modified last December, trains towards Arnhem/Utrecht/Amsterdam/Schiphol leave from platform 3 or 4. On the escalator and in the tunnel too it is sometimes dangerously crowded during rush hour.times.
To reactivate track one again, however, there must be applied a so-called change-over for the train from Wijchen. Until then there will be sporadic trains from one track to leave, but not in the regular roster.
The new schedule handles from now on ten trains per hour between Arnhem and Nijmegen. Previously, there were eight: 2 return trips to Amsterdam/Den Helder, 2 return trips to Schiphol, 2 return trips Zwolle-Anhem-Nijmegen-Roosendaal and 2 return trips regional traffic; there will be added 2 return trips regional traffic. That means, that at Nijmegen Central Station 20 trains per hour will leave, each 3 minutes 1. The problem is the railway bridge North of the station, where 2 tracks must handle all that traffic.


Panorama railway

02Getting in on the red carpet, a warm welcome from our hosts and drive through the varied Dutch landscape while enjoying a superb dinner: romantic can hardly. We hold a table for free in our stylish train, where you will be welcomed with an appetizer of the house as a celebration of an evening train and eat. During the 2:45 hour train trip through the Randstad and the Green Heart prepares our cook dinner live on board and you will be on your beck and call our friendly staff. Panorama Rail Restaurant is definitely the tastiest train in the Netherlands!

Lovely evening! Atmospheric and cozy. Delicious eaten.

Once the majestic, 65-year-old locomotive Panorama Rail Restaurant under the hood of Amsterdam Central Station looming, all eyes are on the special and elegant train. The locomotive and carriages all have a distinctive history in the Dutch and European rail network. We’ll tell you more about the history of the trains and the emergence of the Panorama Rail Restaurant.

04Dining cars

A restaurant or bistro in the train was once very common, but is still rare. In the sixties and seventies of the last century many international trains experienced a restoration. For this special carriages were decorated with over sixty carriages pulled in under the name “Grill Express” from France Europe. Seven cars came to the Netherlands and to the turn of the century were used by NS on many international lines. Belgium, France and later Portugal were home bases for the Express Gril, who came from their depots in Switzerland and Italy. With the demise of many long-distance connections also finished the regular bet turn of the century.

03Two carriages, with the numbers 022-9 and 027-8, with rail Promo started a new future. In 2014 the trains were acquired after years of minimal effort and renovated in Germany. Bogies and rigging were completely disassembled and overhauled to the highest standards. The interior has been refurbished, while the old parquet floor again could be restored. The kitchens with ovens and hob, again were put into operation and form during the ride with Panorama Rail Restaurant workplace Julius Jaspers and his team of Julius Bar & Grill.


05Locomotive E 1200

Pull Rail Panorama Restaurant is now over 65 years old locomotive of the former NS Series E 1200. They were 65 assembled back in the Netherlands on the American model with thick steel. The bogies coming directly from America. Netherlands got this locomotive from the Marshall Plan provided for the reconstruction after World War II. Despite their age has the imposing machine with a capacity of over 3,000 horsepower and weighing 108 tons is still a maximum speed of 140 kilometers per hour. In total, the Dutch Railways possessed 25 such locomotives. At the beginning of this century, a small number of demolition was saved, after which she started a second life to the first private railway for freight trains in the Netherlands. After various wanderings ended our locomotive depot in Blerick, where our support in peace could be working on the new youth. while the locomotive was given back its original train number 1215 again. The color scheme of our locomotive establishes a clear link with this American history. The tricolor livery is based on the structure of New Haven, a renowned operator in the United States. By orange New Haven to exchange for the characteristic blue of Rail Promo was a tough color scheme that reflects the indestructibility and history of this train.

06Lord Mayor of Amsterdam, Mr Eberhard Van der Laan baptized 1215 the name “City of Amsterdam” on March 23, 2016. This Rail Promo brings not only a historic locomotive on the track for Panorama Rail Restaurant, but also restores an old tradition where locomotives were decorated with a city arms. After the voyage the engineers of our train open the door to their cabin for you. They tell you more about the history, explain the indestructible technology and let you sit in the driver’s seat.



scan_20160917-3Groningen Railway Station in the past and at present: in 1866 Groningen was connected to the national network. In the beginning there was only a sort of wooden shelter, in 1872 there was a wooden building constructed. Because Groningen as city had a military function, the railway station should easily be removed to prevent attacks of gunfire. In the same year there came more tracks from different directions to Groningen. A permanent brick building came in 1892, designed by Isaac Gosschalk in Dutch Renaissance and neo-Gothic style.

Because of a very complicated reconstruction in 1968, the railway station lost a lot of it’s “grandeur”. Between 1994 and 1999 a very extensive renovation took place and the former monumental splendor was restored, including the magnificent ceiling of the central hall.

The eldest railway station, still in use, is Valkenburg (1853) and the most recent Utrecht Vaartsche Rijn (August 22, 2016)