2015-05-14 RTM - no 54 100

A decent preservation railway needs little encouragement to put up a good show. Such was the case with the RTM (Rijdend Tramweg Museum, Riding Tramway Musem). Loco no 54 was a hundred years old in 2015 so the occasion was used to give the National Steam Train Day's (May 14, 2015) steam clouds an extra silver line.
DSC01040  The RTM is the heir to the rolling stock of the original RTM, Rotterdamsche Tramweg Maatschappij (Rotterdam Tramway Company), founded in 1878  first operating the city tram network and from 1898 operating a growing overland tramway network until 1966, surviving as a bus company until 1978, only months short of its hundredth anniversary.  DSC00987  The centenarian  DSC01078b  DSC00988 
DSC00990  No 54 is one of a batch of of four (51-55) built in 1915 by Orenstein & Koppel. This was the fourth batch of 0-6-0 engines, differing in many details from the three previous batches, most important of which is having superheaters.  DSC00994  DSC00997  The water hatch is nicely secured to prevent water from gushing out when the loco brakes.  DSC00998 
DSC00999  DSC01002  San pipes and feedwater pipes  DSC01005  Safety valve  DSC01007  Concentrated fireman 
DSC01009  1916? Correct, the loco was built in 1915 and put in service (I.D. = in dienst = in service) the following year.  DSC01012b  No 54 moves to her tram ...  DSC01013  ....leaving the older sister engine behind. Built by Henschel in 1913. As opposed to no 54 this engine operated on saturated steam. No 50 went out of service in 1957 but was not scrapped. It went into preservation at the then new Tramweg Stichting (Tramway Foundation).  DSC01014 
DSC01016  The first three batches differ in many small details from the the last two  DSC01020  Making a good shot of the inside Joy-motion is dificult. The most important feature of the Joy valve gear is that it had no excentrics. This reduced the risk of bearings running hot.  DSC01022  DSC01024 
DSC01029  Electric lighting  DSC01031  Diesel motor car M67 has a complicated history. In the thirties the Maas Buurt Spoorweg Maatschapppij, MBS was looking for more economical forms of motive power than steam. But the economical crisis was raging and tramways were in decay because of road transport competition. With hardly any money to spare they reconstructed some mail/luggage cars into diesel electric luggage motor cars. The (later) M67 had a failure and burnt out. After WWII the MBS ceased to exist and the RTM rebuilt burnt remains of the motor car into it current form.  DSC01032  DSC01034 
DSC01035  DSC01039  DSC01038  DSC01188  M1805 "Meeuw" (Seagull). Many motor cars had birdnames.  This motor car has the same origin as M67. It was rebuilt from a luggage car by the MBS and was given the number M69. Like the M67 is was bought by th RTM. Unfortunately it caught fire in 1951. The Central Workshops of the RTM refurbished the old M69 with a new shell. It returned to service in 1952 in this modern guise. It served the RTM until the abandonment of the tram services in 1966. 
DSC01459  DSC01461  A simple operating table a pretty spacious cab. Also of not is the liberal view for the driver  DSC01354  Two sisters, they could not be more different.  DSC01190  No 57 is a non-operational member of the class that also went into preservation 
DSC01193  DSC01198  DSC01211  This tram consists of three cars in a most peculiar composition: two electrically powered cars, 1701 and 1700, with an unpowered diesel generator car 1700 in the middle. Again it is a homebred reconstruction. The RTM acquired a two car electric tram from Germany in 1959. To provide power for the tram an existing frame was refurbished with a new shell and a generator. It entered service in 1963. After the abandonment of the tram services it was sold to the Zillertalbahn in Austria where it served until 1994. In 1999 it returned to the Netherlands.  DSC01213  The unpowered diesel generator car. 
DSC01214  DSC01215  The "Reiger" (Heron) is also a reconstruction / modernisation from 1950.  DSC01216  The RTM earned its keep mainly in freight services over the islands, so there was an extensive stock of freight cars.  DSC01234  Work in progress. Most of the upper structure is replaced, though some original panels remain. 
DSC01224  DSC01227  Cars like these where used to transport passengers from their villages to the next tram station, which were not seldom located far from the towns themselves.  DSC01228  DSC01230 
DSC01042  No 54 backing up towards the first tram of the day.  DSC01050b  Two icons of the RTM  DSC01057  A last quick polish  DSC01074 
DSC01083  Underway in the first tram of the day  DSC01088  Redefining the concept of "narrow gauge coach"  DSC01090  The wooden coaches offers a plethora of authentic details  DSC01091 
DSC01092  DSC01472  Route  Who says the Cob in Wales is unique? A dam, sea on one side, an estuary on the other, a road on it and a narrow gauge railway. The Cob has a twin!  DSC01098  Running round at West Repart 
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DSC01138  Running round  DSC01144  DSC01147  All aboard!  DSC01148 
DSC01163  DSC01170  DSC01240  Later in the day I went out to chase some of the other trams.  DSC01247  No 50 approaching Middelplaat Haven 
DSC01251  and making a runthrough.Trams stop here for only two reasons: crossing other trams and connecting to the local boat service.  DSC01261  The centenarian at the same location. This time there is going to be a halt: both for crossing the returning no 50 and its tram as well as for passengers to change to the connecting boat service.  DSC01269b  No 50 returns from West Repart  DSC01275 
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DSC01337  DSC01348  Middelplaat Haven lies significantly lower than the dam, so the loco needs to take a short but serious incline to get out of the station  DSC01357  No 50 returning home at th Workshop  DSC01372 
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DSC01387  DSC01389  DSC01390  DSC01395  Prepping for the next ride 
DSC01398  DSC01400  Intricate logo. Despite always lacking money in the last decades the RTM tried to maintain a good level of service and attention to detail.  DSC01401  DSC01405  No 54 returning home 
DSC01417  DSC01437  In for a refill. The brownish particles were suspended in the water.  DSC01466  A lot of shunting developed to compose the last tram of the day which would be extra lon and would be double headed to celebrate no 54's centenary.  DSC01481  A royal coach? 
DSC01485  Yes. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were seated here in 2013 they visited the province of Zeeland.  DSC01483  and in 2013 her greatgrandson did the same  DSC01484  They were in good company as his greatgrandmother did the same in 1907.  DSC01486 
DSC01489  DSC01497  DSC01504  DSC01521  A double header after a lot of shunting 
DSC01529  In the loop at Bezoekerscentrum  DSC01535  DSC01547  Out on the Dam  DSC01553 
DSC01558  The duo at Middelplaat Haven  DSC01567  DSC01573  DSC01574  No 50 developed greasing problems. At Middelplaat Haven it parted company and no 54 did the remainder of the trip singlehanded 
DSC01586  Leaving a saddened crew of the 50 behind  DSC01596  End of the line at West Repart. Hopefully this is a temporary situation, there are plans to extend the lin to Burgh-Haamstede  DSC01160  I also made a video of the day in two parts:  Part 1  and  Part 2