Rotterdam CS is being reconstructed. Busy as ever it is slowly being transformed from a post war austere station into a worldclass bigcity focussing point
1 Rotterdam city center skyline
2 The old station hall. The letters of the words "Centraal station" (I suppose your Dutch is good enough to grasp the meaning of that ;-) have been rearranged to form "Traan laten" which means as much as "shed a tear"
3 The building area. Underground a station is built to join the city's subway with regional traffic. On top of that the new station will accommodate bus, tram, a shopping mall and of course national and international train services.
4 In front a newly refurbished SGM III for local services. In the rear an ICM III, running the intercity service to Utrecht and Leeuwarden
5 Train departure, a consist of (originally German) IC-K carriages.
6 1800-series locomotive (Alsthom) pulling the intercity service to Den Haag
10 Busy, busy, busy
11 Mat 64 in the low winter sun. Being over forty years old, this type still forms the the backbone of local traffic. Replacement is long overdue.
12 Class 66 of ERS Railways
13 Privatisation has caused a explosion of types and colors to appear on Dutch soil.
15 Thalys high speed service running from Amsterdam to Paris
16 Rear end
17 Low perspective
18 A very impressive design.
20 Meanwhile crowds gather for an intercity service
22 Thalys from Paris to Amsterdam
26 A former NS 1200 now in service for ACTS. This is the last commercially operated motive power that once replaced steam. None of the other rolling stock running to date ever saw service in the steam age. So this one is the last of its generation.