A train is a form of public transport which trains are pulled forward with the aid of electricity. The Netherlands has a large rail network trains. The bulk of all trains which drive is owned by the Dutch Railways.


With the invention of the steam engine by James Watt in 1769, Richard Trevithick was able in 1804 to build the first steam locomotive. That locomotive chugged on metal rails and pulled wagons with them, where people and goods were in. The rail network was extended and modern trains were invented there. It still took a while before the first electric locomotive was invented. In 1895 drove the first electric locomotive in America. During World War II many railroads were damaged, including by the many bombs. After the war, many countries decided to switch to the use of electricity. Now the electric railway network is no longer possible to imagine the scene.

Types of trains

The Netherlands has many different types of trains, each with their own features, namely:
  • Stop Trains. These trains do not bother because they stop at every station where they come along.
  • Intercity trains. These trains stop only in larger cities, the larger stations. Intercity is the English word for ?? ?? between the cities.
  • Fast Trains. These trains run faster and do not stop at every station. This allows them to travel long distances. Since 2007 this train has been replaced by the intercity and / or local train. The express train thus no longer exists in the Netherlands.

Within these types, there are many other types of trains in the Netherlands, each with their own name and function.
Stop Trains
  • Sprinter. The slow train driven short distances and can quickly accelerating and braking. Therefore, this train is called Sprinter
  • Rail Hopper. This is a more modern slow train, and is therefore more energy efficient.
  • Buffel. This train resembles the Rail Hopper. Buffalo does not run on electricity but has a diesel engine.
  • Double decker bus. This train has two floors.

Intercity trains
  • Double decker bus. A train with two floors, only to drive longer distances.
  • Leader. This train has a high front making it look like he has a head. Leaders on both sides doors. When you add them together you can from one train to another run.
  • Intercity Coaches. This train has a separate locomotive. The trains where the passengers are to be pulled by the locomotive.

Other trains
In the Netherlands also drive three international trains, namely:
  • Benelux train. This train runs from Amsterdam to Brussels.
  • ICE. This train reaches a speed of 300 kilometers per hour and goes to Germany.
  • Thalys. This train also reaches speeds of 300 kilometers per hour and goes to France.

Operating in Netherlands

The Dutch Railways, the major part of the railway carriage on its behalf. Most of the passengers takes place through this company. In the north and several other lines in the Netherlands are other active transport:
  • Veolia Transport. This company takes the line between Nijmegen and Roermond and the Hill Country Line accounted for
  • Connexxion. This company arranges transportation to the Valley Line in Gelderland.
  • Arriva. In the northern Netherlands the company operates. The transportation here is served on a number of lines to and from Leeuwarden and Groningen.
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