My son ended up in Monnickendam after a week sailing. I would pick him and his friend up there at 1300h. I left early and first went to the nearby Hoorn - Medemblik museum tramway. I visited the Hoorn station and workshop.
1 People gathering for the 1100h tram to Medemblik at the exit of the stationbuilding
2 A cut up steam boiler to demonstrate the working of it.
3 This axle puzzled me a little. I finally came to the conclusion that it must be a Klien-Lindner axle. The Netherlands had only one series of four locomotives in the Doetinchem area with Klien-Lindner axles. True to the definition of Wiener (1930) these were semi-articulated locomotives.
4 This foto demonstrates clearly that the outside axle can adjust radially relative to the fixed inner axle.
5 Tram staff preparing for the ride
6 This is what I came for. Beautifully and lovingly restored steam locomotives
8 Brass headlight
10 Well and stainless paintjob
14 Numerous small brass detail
15 Cylinder backhead
25 The boarding process
26 The 1100h leaving a little belated.
28 with a seriously heavy tram behind it
29 Idyllic photo of wheels from all over Europe in stock
32 One of the vintage diesels of the museum. The name: Creep!!
33 Panorama of the workshop. Far right No 30 "Hoorn", then LTM No 32 "Bosboom" followed by NS 7742 "Bello". Left No 8 "Ooievaar" (stork).
34 Let's take a closer look at these engines beginning with No 30 "Hoorn". This locomotive was built for a gasfactory in Rotterdam and served there all its working life until 1965. So not a tram locomotive in the strict historical sense of the word, this engine is a representative of many similar engines that actually roamed the tram lines of the Netherlands. That is why it was named after a local village, following the tradition among many tramways. That is also why it received a tramway livery although it is historically not correct for this particular engine. One could discuss about the correctness of this view, but one thing is for sure: it makes the loco very attractive.
37 Grease pump
39 Front view. Note the double buffing gear: two for normal railway operation and the middle buffer for tramway stock
40 Air pump
43 View in the head light, reflecting the station and its signalling
45 Restoration of No 8, "Ooievaar" (stork), has only recently been completed (2006). Built in 1904 by "Backer en Rueb" in Breda, it served on the tramways of The Hague. Its body is narrower than usual in order to be able to pass the line through Delft. It has a condensor on the roof to minimize exhaust during passing of built-up areas (not operational now). It is a typical Dutch tramway design: water tanks low under the footplate, two inner cylinders, completely enclosed boiler and operable from both sides, driver standing on the side, not on the rear. It is one of the very few surviving "Backers" and the only one operational.
48 View on the inner cylinders under the boiler and between the frame plates.
50 Left hand side driver stand.
51 Left hand view on the cylinders with Joy valve gear
56 Next engine is the LTM No 26 "Ir P.H. Bosboom", dating from 1922. Again water tanks are below the footplate. What looks like a water tank can be accessed via a door from the drivers' cab and another low door gives access to the foot plate along the boiler. This makes it possible for the tram guard to access the driver's cab during the ride.
57 Grease tubing over the two inner cylinders
58 Left hand side with coal bunker
59 Water tank hatch
60 Cylinders with Verhoop valve gear
62 Owners' plate with me mirrored in the perfect coat of paint.
63 The rear of the drivers' cab has a door also enabling the tram guard to access the loco during the ride. Sorry the photo isn't any clearer. Light conditions were very tough.
64 On a very difficult spot to photograph (and yes I forgot to take my tripod with me) the NS 7742 "Bello". It is one of the very few operational NS (Dutch national Railways) locomotives. There are no (zero, 0) mainline NS steam locomotives operational to date. 7742 was built in 1914 for local and tramway services.
65 Allan valve gear (very similar to Stephenson's)
74 Restoration is one of the main aims the museum. Here is the frame of a standard Hohenzollern industrial locomotive of the "Victor" design. Three of these engines were bought off the shelf from Hohenzollern by the SS (State Railways) between 1880-1889, another nine were built in the Tilburg workshops until 1902. All twelve engines, eventually numbered NS 6701-6712 were scrapped until 1937. Because it was a standard Hohenzollern design many others were sold to various destinations. One of them survived in Germany and was acquired by the museum in 1978. Restoration is now underway and the new loco, though not originally Dutch but absolutely identical in design, will be subsequently numbered 6713. After restoration it will the oldest operational steam locomotive in the Netherlands.
76 Heating the rivet red hot
77 Absolutely deafening: riveting the buffing plate
80 Cylinder casting awaiting assembly
81 Steam chest and ports
84 Model in the workshop
85 The trophees of the museum: the "hunted" objects in thier "natural" habitat before acquisition by the museum
86 The pride of the workshop: the commemoration of the prize winning restoration of a tramway coach, 1998. The first time ever that this prize was awarded to a non-English heritage railway.
88 One final glance at the workshop. A special thanks to Peter van Swieten who led me through the workshop.
89 This is how some carriages are recovered after spending way over sixty years in the open.
90 And this is how they look like after restoration
91 Various gauge widths: standard, 1435 mm, black, and narrow gauge, 1067mm, orange, 1000mm, green and 750mm, blue respectively.
92 After the depot it was time to devote some attention to the rest of the Hoorn station. Here you see the signalbox. Not originally on this spot it was moved from a nearby station.
94 The main operating room which is actually functioning for the museum operation
95 Levers operate the nearby signals and points.
97 Chains ans threads drive the signals and the points
99 Much work is still to be done. Carriages often have served as a caravan or shed for decades.
100 If you happen to be around: Hoorn-Medemblik is well worth the visit!!