14th June 1986

EM2 Locomotive Society
The EM2 Farewell

Locos Used NS 1501, 1502, 1503, 1505 & steam: DB 65 018
Stock Used 11 DB/NS air-braked coaches

Route :

Traction Route
1503 (1) Hoek van Holland Haven - Schiedam-Rotterdam West - Rotterdam CS
65 018 + 1505 (2) Rotterdam CS - Rotterdam Noord - Gouda - Utrecht CS
1505 Utrecht CS - Den Bosch - Boxtel Goods Yard
1501 (3) Boxtel Goods Yard - Den Bosch - Nijmegen - Arnhem
1503 Arnhem - Zutphen - Deventer - Amersfoort
1502 (4) Amersfoort - Hilversum - Amsterdam CS  - Zaandam - Uitgeest
1505 (5) Uitgeest - Santpoort Noord - Haarlem Goods Yard
65 018 (5) Haarlem Goods Yard - Leiden - Den Haag HS
1501 Den Haag HS - Leidschendam-Voorburg - Rotterdam Kleiweg Jn West - Rotterdam CS - Rotterdam Zuid Goods Yard
1502 (6) Rotterdam Zuid Goods Yard - Rotterdam CS -  Schiedam-Rotterdam West - Hoek van Holland Haven

Notes :
(1) plus 1501 dead-in-tow.
(2) 1505 provided a little "assistance" to 65 018 though the steam loco was restricted to 80km/h so it was hardly necessary.
(3) plus 1503 dead-in-tow.
(4) plus 1505 dead-in-tow.
(5) plus 1502 dead-in-tow.
(6) plus 1505 & 1503 dead-in-tow.
(7) Those from the UK had the option to use the Harwich PQ to Hook of Holland Ferry - 'Koningin Beatrix' from the UK on the night of 13-14/06 and 'St Nicholas' back to the UK on the night of 14-15/06.

Gordon Lacy comments: "Someone in 'high authority', on being told that 300+ Brits were arriving for a railtour throughout the Netherlands, went into full 'panic' mode, cancelled all Railway Police leave & ordered their presence in each coach & at each location in an attempt to 'control violent & unruly behaviour' and prevent 'rioting'!  After the first couple of hours, the Police were enjoying the company of the tour's occupants and went on to fully commend our behaviour to the NS hierarchy.  Most got fed up with nothing to do and got off and went home.  I was told later that some had even made formal complaints to their bosses!"  All in all, a fabulously organised railtour with attention to detail second to none!"

Sources : Stew Robertson, Robin Addison, Gordon Lacy & Nick Bartlett (all on the train throughout) 

Photo Review


From Gordon Lacy's ticket collection.


The scene at Rotterdam CS in the morning as 65018 drags 1505 through the
station to haul the next leg of the railtour, with 1503 + 1501 (DIT) posing
for the cameras, before departing L/E to Boxtel Yard (photo: Gordon Lacy)


NS 1501, 1502, 1503 displayed at Boxtel Yard (Photo: Robin Addison)


...another view of the line-up, showing all EM2's used (photo: Gordon Lacy)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Stew Robertson & Gordon Lacy)

Location Booked Actual
Hook of Holland Harbour 07.19d 07.22 [P6]
Schiedam-Rotterdam West 07/36 07/42
Rotterdam CS 07L40a ~ 08L25d 07.51 ~ 08.26 [P11]
Kleiweg Jn Crossing 08/30 08/30
Rotterdam North Goods 08.41 ~ 08.52 08.42 ~ 08.53
Moordrecht Jn 09/06 ?
Gouda 09/11 09/13
Woerden 09/26 09/28
Harmelen Jn 09/30 09/32
Utrecht CS 09L41a ~ 10L12d 09.44 ~ 10.15 [P9]
Geldermalsen 10/30 10/35
Den Bosch 10/43 10/48
Vught Jn 10/46 10/50
Boxtel Goods Yard 10L53a ~ 11L56d 10.59 ~ 11.57 [Track 8]
Den Bosch 12c08 ~ 12c11 12.10 ~ 12.11
Oss 12/26 12/29
Ravenstein 12/35 12/36
Nijmegen 12/47 12c51 ~12c51
Elst 12/51 12/58
Arnhem West Jn ? 13/03
Arnhem 12L59a ~  3L51d 13.07 ~ 13.53 [P4]
Velperpoort Jn 13/54 13/55
Dieren ? 14/04
Zutphen 14/10 14/12
Deventer 14/21 14c24 ~ 14c25
Apeldoorn 14/32 14/36
Barneveld Jn 14/48 14/51
Amersfoort (goods lines) 14L59 ~ 15L20 15.02 ~ 15.30 [Track 4]
Baarn 15/28 15/43
Hilversum (goods lines) 15/33 15/49
Naarden-Bussum 15/38 15/56
Weesp 15/43 16/03
Watergraafsmeer Railway Crossing 15/46 ?
Amsterdam Muiderpoort 15/49 16/10
Amsterdam CS 15.54a ~ 16.02d 16.17 ~ 16.21 [P11]
Singelgracht Jn ? ?
Sloterdijk Low Level 16/08 16/26
Zaandam 16/13 16/32
Wormerweer 16/18 16/36
Uitgeest (goods lines) 16L24 ~ 16L49 16.43 ~ 17.07 [Track 7]
Beverwijk 16/56 17/16
Velser Tunnel North ? ?
Velser Tunnel South ? ?
Santpoort North 17/02 17/21
Bloemendaal ? 17/23
Haarlem Jn North 17/08 17/25
Haarlem Jn South 17/12 17/28
Haarlem Goods Yard 17L15 ~ 17L42 17.29 ~ 17.50 [Track 3]
Heemstede-Aerdenhout ? 17/55
Warmond Jn Flyover ? ?
Leiden 18/06 18.18 ~ 18.21
Den Haag Mariahoeve 18/17 18/37
Den Haag Laan van NOI 18/23 18/41
Den Haag HS 18L29a ~ 18L57d 18.44 ~ 19.08 [P1]
Den Haag Laan van NOI 19/01 19/13
Leidschendam-Voorburg ? 19/19
Nootdorp Jn 19/09 ?
Nootdorp Bridge Crossing ? ?
Kleiweg Jn North 19/24 19/35
Kleiweg Jn West 19/26 ?
Rotterdam CS 19.32a ~ 19.35d 19/43 [P11]
Rotterdam South Goods Yard 19L43 ~ 20L17 19.58 ~ 21.02 [T68]
Rotterdam CS 20.25a ~ 21.07d 21.13 ~ 21.19 [P3]
Schiedam-Rotterdam West 21/11 21/23
Hook of Holland Harbour 21.31a 21.43 [P6?]

Ferry:

Date 13/06 - 14/06   14/06 - 15/06
Ferry Koningin Beatrix   St Nicholas
Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Harwich PQ 21.45d 22.00   06.30a 06.30
Hoek v. Holland 06.30a 06.25   22.45d 22.45


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