2014-08-02 Icons of the rails

On the occasion of 175 years of railways in the Netherlands the Dutch Railways Museum organised a gathering of the oldest locomotives in (European) railway history:
Icons of the rail
DSC02301  The exhibition was indoors. We knew the weather would turn bad later in the day so we opted to browse the outdoor area first. DSC02302  The driving trailer coach of the former Benelux service (Amsterdam-Bruxelles). This is a very recent acquisition as it ran on this service until december 2012. DSC02305  Access to the railway is prohibited DSC02306  The third rail indicates the width of the original broad gauge, 1945 mm, of the early railways in the Netherlands, inspired by Brunel's ideas. As the battle of the gauges turned towards 1435 mm, building of new railways in broad gauge ceased and in 1866 the remaining broad gauge had been converted.
DSC02307  The signal box of Groningen. DSC02309 DSC02310 DSC02311
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DSC02319 DSC02347   1808   "Catch me who can"  is the oldest exhibit dating from 1808. It was built for demonstration purposes by Richard Trevithick. DSC02348 DSC02349
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DSC02372 DSC02341   1825    "Locomotion"  pulled the world's first passenger train between Stockton and Darlington DSC02342 DSC02343
DSC02344 DSC02345 DSC02320   1829  " Novelty " took part in the  Rainhill Trials  in 1829. DSC02321  This loco is, like all others by the way, a replica.
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DSC02328 DSC02329   1829   "Sans pareil"  was another competitor in the  Rainhill Trials . Again this is a replica, BUT the original is still in existance and resides in the National Railway Museum's Shildon location DSC02332 DSC02333
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DSC02354   1829  The " Marc Seguin " named after its inventor was the first locomotive to used a tubed boiler. DSC02355 DSC02356 DSC02357
DSC02358   1835  The " Adler " was the first Geman steam locomotive to pull a passenger train in revenue earning service. DSC02359 DSC02360 DSC02361
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DSC02366 DSC02367 DSC02368 DSC02340   I am completely at a loss why this  Crampton  was included in the exhibition. Although it is interesting in itself, it has little to do with de pioneering period of the railways.
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DSC02371 DSC02374   After seeing the special exhibition we ventured into the remaining indoor part of the museum. We entered a "world" depicting Britain in the 1820s, and telling the story of the start of the railways. DSC02378b DSC02379
DSC02381 DSC02384   1839       And this is the final piece of the exibition. The "Arend", the locomotive that pulled the first Dutch passenger train DSC02385 DSC02386
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