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May 22, 2022

Vintage Photos Show Mainly Ambiance Around the Dutch National Railways (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) in the 1950s

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) is a Dutch company, the principal passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS provides rail services on the Dutch main rail network. The Dutch rail network is the busiest in the European Union, and the third busiest in the world after Switzerland and Japan.

The rail infrastructure is maintained by network manager ProRail, which was split off from NS in 2003. Freight services, formerly operated by NS Cargo, merged with DB Schenker in 2000. NS runs 4,800 scheduled domestic trains a day, serving 1.1 million passengers. Also, NS provides international rail services from the Netherlands to other European destinations and carries out concessions on some foreign rail markets through its subsidiary Abellio.

These photos from Peter Eijkman were taken by DC.Gerdessen, a photographer employed by the NS at the Propaganda Department of the Economic Affairs Department, that show mainly ambiance around the Dutch National Railways (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) in the 1950s.

A standard train waiting for Nieuwersluis. Due to the strong backlight on this February day, it is somewhat difficult to see, but for this line there is a lot of crowds on the platform, February 22, 1950

A view over the yard that protrudes above the bare polder plain to the workshop and locomotive shed of Uithoorn with the coal park, wagons with and for coal and the water column, February 22, 1950

Enschede station, one of the most eastern stations in the Netherlands, March 1, 1950

From behind the station building, the train to Amsterdam has been prepared, Aalsmeer, circa 1950

Into the locomotive shed, where the 7009 has been stored cold above the pit for maintenance or repair of a small defect. On the right is the 7706, a type that was also used on the Haarlemmermeer lines, February 22, 1950

Mijdrecht, a name that arouses mixed feelings among railway enthusiasts, February 22, 1950

On the way to Amsterdam, just such a standard composition passes one of the many guard houses along the track. It is no.33 on the Karselaan in Amstelveen, circa 1950

Oosteinde station is opened in 1915. In 1930, to avoid confusion with a nearby hamlet, the name was changed to Aalsmeer Oost. Goods traffic was still possible until 1972, after which the last remnant was also broken up, circa 1950

Such a "multifunctional" building was not very common at the HESM Look south from the Amsterdamseweg in Amstelveen, February 22, 1950. This stop was last operated in September 1950. The building was demolished in 1986

The 7001 departs from Amstelveen station in an impressive way. Given that he is on the right track, he will head towards Aalsmeer, February 22, 1950

The 7003 is ready for the train to Amsterdam, blowing small clouds of smoke over the platform, Uithoorn, February 22, 1950

The 7008 puffing in Bovenkerk. The train, again assembled according to the 1+1 standard, is on its way to Aalsmeer, February 22, 1950

The first locomotive arrives on July 7, 1950 in Tilburg, to arrive 2 days later to Amsterdam Zaanstraat

The station Legmeerpolder is lonely in the thick black clay - so no stop, February 22, 1950. This station was also in service until September 1950. It was demolished in 1963

The ultimate tranquility that the Haarlemmermeer lines radiated when there was no train in sight, February 22, 1950

Train with no fewer than three carriages ready for departure to the capital. The locomotive personnel have arrived at their machine packed and ready to go, Aalsmeer, circa 1950

Vinkeveen station with the station master annex signal box keeper stood a bit stiffly in front of the door of his Post B, February 22, 1950

A box full of bottles is being transferred into baskets, Schiedam, 1951

A loose three-axle marble carrier car at the Maarn Goederen yard. The car carries the code 92316mw and can load 30 tons of the precious stone, July 16, 1951

In front of the warehouse of the Werkplaats Zaanstraat, October 29, 1951

The carriage cleaner in the Amsterdam Werkplaats Zaanstraat, October 29, 1951

An inspector (or other high-ranking official) has arrived by service bicycle to discuss things critically with the local farmers, Broek op Langedijk, August 21, 1952

Pernis, August 14, 1952

Remnants of the Haarlemmermeer railway lines, which were still just in passenger service, February 1950

The then brand-new ELD2 train set 296 in Den Bosch, October 11, 1952

Entrance, Haarlem, November 11, 1953

Advertisement along the first platform of Station Utrecht Centraal, February 8, 1954

Hotelplan Expres (here with one ‘s’) which goes from The Hague Central to Switzerland, Austria and Italy, September 18, 1954

Goodbye to acquaintances, family and loved ones at a departing train on track 8a (then- 3rd platform west side) on the D train drawn by an 1100 to Paris, De Wallen, 1955

AEG ticket printer at the counter of Amsterdam Centraal Station, July 1956

The service telephone with which the drivers could contact the signal posts along the track and at stations, Velp, November 13, 1956

Takers at exit check at the brand new Sloterdijk station, March 8, 1957

The most famous steam locomotive in the Netherlands from the waiting room in Roosendaal, December 1, 1957

A Hondekop no.747 departing from the old station, Schiedam, June 12, 1958

The Rijnenburger mill near Hazerswoude, a tow of Interfrigo cars on the way to Leiden Lammenschans, where the refrigerated trucks may be unloaded at the auction, July 22, 1958

At the Schiedam station, July 14, 1959

Fish load. Until 1994, fish was transported by rail from IJmuiden, September 12, 1959

Lady gets coffee from a vending machine at Amsterdam Central Station. The device is placed against the back of the freight elevator, October 19, 1959

The BDk 806 in the Hoofdwerkplaats Haarlem was being finalized in order to be able to send the train set material '40 back into service as good as new, October 20, 1959


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