I happened to bumb into a consist of the new Sprinter Ligth Train railcars of the Dutch Railways on the station of Geldermals. The train on a testride was waiting for a red signal.
3 The consist was a composition of the railcars 2401, 2402 and 2602
4 Railcar 2401 on the rear of the testtrain. The 2400 series are four car railcars. The coaches are not independent, but permanently connected. Equipment is stored mainly on the roof, allowing to keep the floor low.
6 The truck at the head of the rail car.
7 The truck between two cars carries both bodies (Jakobs bogie)
8 The predecessor in it last years of service. The meanwhile 40 year old Mat 64. Plans to replace the ageing fleet of Mat 64 railcars where postponed again and again. Even after forty years they still form the backbone of local services. But with the oncoming influx of the new SLT the end is near.
9 Faster, more powerful, more comfortable, and with modern equipment like airconditioning.
12 The six-car railcar 2602.
16 Leaving Geldermalsen over the historical bridge. The section Geldermalsen-Utrecht which this train is going to cover was once the section of the last steam service in the Netherlands this year exactly 50 years ago.