2008-06-07 Hoorn

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.
DSCF2850  People gathering for the 1100h tram to Medemblik at the exit of the stationbuilding DSCF2847  A cut up steam boiler to demonstrate the working of it. DSCF2990  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. DSCF2991  This foto demonstrates clearly that the outside axle can adjust radially relative to the fixed inner axle.
DSCF2849  Tram staff preparing for the ride DSCF2874  This is what I came for. Beautifully and lovingly restored steam locomotives DSCF2853 DSCF2854  Brass headlight
DSCF2855  Cab DSCF2856  Well and stainless paintjob DSCF2858  Airpump DSCF2859
DSCF2865 DSCF2861  Numerous small brass detail DSCF2862  Cylinder backhead DSCF2863  Crosshead
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DSCF2882  The boarding process DSCF2910  The 1100h leaving a little belated. DSCF2911 DSCF2912  with a seriously heavy tram behind it
DSCF2875  Idyllic photo of wheels from all over Europe in stock DSCF2876 DSCF2877 DSCF2880  One of the vintage diesels of the museum. The name: Creep!!
Panorama  Panorama of the workshop. Far right No 30 "Hoorn", then LTM No 32 "Bosboom" followed by NS 7742 "Bello". Left No 8 "Ooievaar" (stork). S1051497  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. DSCF2970 DSCF2891
DSCF2889  Grease pump DSCF2969 DSCF2884  Front view. Note the double buffing gear: two for normal railway operation and the middle buffer for tramway stock DSCF2885  Air pump
DSCF2886 DSCF2964 DSCF2888  View in the head light, reflecting the station and its signalling DSCF2931
DSCF2892  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. DSCF2898  Empty weight: 13 tons. Tractive force: 2,240 kg (4,938 lbs) DSCF2894 DSCF2900  View on the inner cylinders under the boiler and between the frame plates.
DSCF2903 DSCF2904  Left hand side driver stand. DSCF2906  Left hand view on the cylinders with Joy valve gear DSCF2907
DSCF2908 DSCF2909 DSCF2962 DSCF2926  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.
DSCF2927  Grease tubing over the two inner cylinders DSCF2928  Left hand side with coal bunker DSCF2929  Water tank hatch DSCF2930  Cylinders with Verhoop valve gear
DSCF2933 DSCF2963  Owners' plate with me mirrored in the perfect coat of paint. DSCF2935  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. DSCF2971  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.
DSCF2937  Allan valve gear (very similar to Stephenson's) DSCF2936 DSCF2916 DSCF2938
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DSCF2951 DSCF2953  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. DSCF2915  Rivet DSCF2919  Heating the rivet red hot
DSCF2924  Absolutely deafening: riveting the buffing plate DSCF2940  Grinding DSCF2944 DSCF2945  Cylinder casting awaiting assembly
DSCF2949  Steam chest and ports DSCF2955  Workshop DSCF2956 DSCF2957  Model in the workshop
DSCF2958  The trophees of the museum: the "hunted" objects in thier "natural" habitat before acquisition by the museum DSCF2960  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. DSCF2961 DSCF2972  One final glance at the workshop. A special thanks to Peter van Swieten who led me through the workshop.
DSCF2913  This is how some carriages are recovered after spending way over sixty years in the open. DSCF2974  And this is how they look like after restoration DSCF2978  Various gauge widths: standard, 1435 mm, black, and narrow gauge, 1067mm, orange, 1000mm, green and 750mm, blue respectively. DSCF2883  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.
DSCF2988 DSCF2981  The main operating room which is actually functioning for the museum operation DSCF2980  Levers operate the nearby signals and points. DSCF2982
DSCF2985  Chains ans threads drive the signals and the points DSCF2987 DSCF2989  Much work is still to be done. Carriages often have served as a caravan or shed for decades. DSCF2986  If you happen to be around: Hoorn-Medemblik is well worth the visit!!