The nickname means "goat", after the bleating sounds its exhaust makes. This type was built between 1930 and 1951, about 200, in various batches. They were designed to be operated with all but the most basic knowledge of motive operation. Further described at Wiki, sorry for the terrible Googlenglish.
The design basically still shows a steam locomotive. t, but well placed and very modern. In the front some rails of the Rotterdam metro network, in the background the Waalhaven shunting yard
3 General view of the plant. Small, modest, but well placed and very modern. In the front some rails of the Rotterdam metro network, in the background the Waalhaven shunting yard
4 Inside looms another piece of heritage: a representative of the 2200-2300 series which formed, together with the 2400-2500 series, the backbone of freight traffic from the 50's until the 90's.
6 A former Belgian loco (T73) with a Cockerill engine
7 Pit track
8 General director (right) and plant manager (blue shirt) meeting guests and collegues
11 Soccer World Championship also has invaded here
12 In 2007 a gorilla named Bokito jumped the fence of its pen and attacked a visitor in the Rotterdam Zoo. The incident was exhaustively covered in the press. This Niteq entered service at the Tilburg plant shortly after that incident, nameless. One day however it jumped the rails, scared everybody's guts out and was consequently named after the gorilla ;-)
14 Bokito is fitted with all kinds of couplers in order to handle just about any rolling stock that could possibly visit the plant. In Tilburg it encountered passenger stock with various coupling systems. That is extremely unlikely here. As freight stock mainly has standard link couplers, I suspect this loco will soon be modfied if it will stay in Rotterdam over an extended period of time
15 A refurbished DDR engine (BR203). The advent of new rail operators is a colorful addition to the old conservative NS color schemes.
17 Taking a peek in the hall a 6400 await maintenance. This loco can be radio controlled, which can be seen from the small R symbol just visible at the lower right of the hatch
20 A 20 years or so younger ascendant of the 6400. The large jacks are used to lift the loco body if the bogies need replacement or separate maintenance
22 Pit equipment, air, AC power, and lighting
24 Storage of free issue parts (washers, nuts, bolts etc)
26 This is what I mean when I say "conservative NS color schemes". Though now property of DB Schenker, the scheme has changed very little. 6400-series on shunting duties on the Waalhaven yard
27 A class 189 is "mounted" by its driver
28 Another RRF engine awaiting duty
29 ACTS, one of the first non-NS operator in the Netherlands, also has a colorful scheme
30 Despite the party about to start inside, work goes on.
32 Some serious business going on
33 The litter bins are still well painted. That'll last a few weeks only, I guess
34 1200-series power bogies. Last remnants of a once famous American, now used as support bogies to displace heavy loads
36 Small parts storage in a rotating high density storage facility
39 Speech, short
41 The workforce that will do the daily job
44 Speech, long. Projectmanager of the site's construction. Very proud of course!!
46 Opening by "dragging" a loco in
48 Somewhat less inconspicuous. The music was nice, the dancing apalling.