Sunday, July 25, 2021

Hörstel, Hengelo Oost, Hengelo

Today I'm traveling from Germany to the Netherlands
The day starts with breakfast at the hotel, in Germany, it is required to wear both face masks and gloves at the breakfast.
Usually, I don't eat that much for breakfast, but this time I guess I was hungry
Another sunny day
I'm leaving the hotel and heading to the station 
My first train is cancelled so I have to wait for the next one

From Osnabrück, I'm taking the train to Hörstel station
Not many passengers in the morning

ET610 Stadler Kiss train as RE60 to Rheine

Hörstel is located at Löhne-Rheine railway, which is one of the oldest railways in Germany opened in 1855.

A condomat at the train station - very handy...
The line is connecting Germany and Netherlands, so I was expecting to see some freight trains - it turned to be quite a lot even though they were all going in the same direction
EU46-514 is a Vectron MS from PKP Cargo
The locomotive is traveling from Poland to the Netherlands through Germany using 3 different electric systems: 3kV DC, 15kV 16.7Hz AC, and 1.5kV DC

For the passenger services, there is an international regional service between Hengelo and Bielefeld operating with Stadler Flirt EMU's since 2017

More freight trains are coming

193 734 is also a Vectron MS from ELL and Rail Force One

Schavemaker is operating the rail line between Wroclaw in Poland and Moerdijk in the Netherlands

Now taking the ET406 to Oldenzaal in the Netherlands

Before 2017 the only passenger service on the line to the Netherlands was the Intercity Amsterdam-Berlin every two hours, so the new regional service is a much-welcomed improvement to the international service between the two countries.

Bad Bentheim is the last station in Germany

I'm in the Netherlands
Oldenzaal station

From Oldenzaal I'm traveling one stop to Hengelo Oost with this LINT DMU

The Almelo–Salzbergen railway is an important Dutch and German 54 km long railway line, that connects Almelo with Salzbergen, offering a rail link between the Netherlands and Germany. (Wikipedia)

Intercity Amsterdam-Berlin operates with two different locomotives, on the Dutch side it is NS Class 1700
It was planned to replace these locomotives with Vectron MS for faster services, but still, in 2021 I can see the old NS Class 1700. Later today, however, I will be seeing the new NS Vectron as I will be taking Nightjet from Amsterdam to Innsbruck

Here is another Intercity, this time from Berlin to Amsterdam

Freight services have to make way for faster passenger services, so I can spot same trains twice

The train is operating the new Silk road-rail service between Chengdu in China and Tilburg in the Netherlands. This container is from the CDiRS (Chengdu International Railway Service)
Shipping by sea usually takes around 45 days, whereas an express train from Chengdu to Tilburg only needs 15 days to arrive. The train from China to the Netherlands has to cross a long way of around 11,000 km, depending on the route. It goes via Kazachstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, and Germany straight to Tilburg, RailPort Brabant. (
Rail freight between China and Europe is increasing, especially during 2021 when there is a container shortage due to the pandemic

Some lessons from the Dutch rail signaling: Yellow with the number displayed: reduce speed to 10× the displayed number in km/h. The signaled speed must be reached at the next signal (Wikipedia)

Arriving now at Hengelo main station
At Hengelo, two lines are connecting: Almelo–Salzbergen railway and Zutphen–Glanerbeek railway

The freight train has to make way for the passenger train once again

Reminder of wearing face masks

189 025 

It's not easy to find where to charge the phone in NS ICM
Buying drinking water in each country, here is Dutch and German water bottles 


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