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Emmerich (Germany - Netherlands)

Because Emmerich was mainly used for a inner German trains and only a few freight- and passenger-trains passed the Dutch border, Deutsche Bundesbahn decided to divide the freight-tracks (5-9) into two voltage sections. Single-voltage locos coast into the "foreign" section with pantograph(s) lowered and are hauled away and pushed back by diesel shunters.
Voltage of the three tracks (2-4) used for intl. passenger trains can be changed between 15kV 16,7Hz AC and 1,5kV DC.
Operation after the opening of Betuweroute

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loco change at Emmerich
loco change at Emmerich
loco change at Emmerich
loco change at Emmerich
Two changes of locos at Emmerich in May 1987
© Langs de rails

map of Emmerich station
thanks to Marco Smit

Mixed haulage
locos of Railion Benelux
heading southbound
241 697-2 heading to Amersfoort
Railion 241 697-2 on its way
to Amersfoort
Quadriple traction?
several class 232
next to Zevenaar
Special train with historic coaches
special train arriving at
Emmerich with NS 1731...
Historic loco for historic train
...and leaving to Cologne
hauled by DB class 110
Last Eurocity to Interlaken
last EC to Interlaken
has arrived at Emmerich
all pictures ©2003 Mark Olthof

 Operation after the opening of Betuweroute
For a long time it was unknown how the operation at through Emmerich will look after the opening of the Betuweroute to Rotterdam port.
To keep investments down at least initially, the new Betuweroute to Rotterdam port will consist of two sections powered at 1500 V, and two powered at 25 kV! Therfore multi-voltage motive power (or diesel locos) will be needed for through running; there will be changeovers to and from 1.5 kV at the eastern end, for the existing few km of track between Zevenaar and Emmerich and where the line enters and leaves the Kijfhoek shunting yard again.
Since ICE3 units are also capable for 25kV AC traction, a "coast-through" change-over between the two AC systems somewhere near the border might have been installed, too.
map of Betuwlijn

Beginning of Betuwe-line

In march 2003 Railion Benelux stated that irrespective of all the questions raised about the efficiency of the Betuwe Route, even the most conservative forecasts conclude that the generated income will eventually prove sufficient to cover practically all the maintenance costs.
As stated in a letter by the Dutch Minister of Transport and Water Management to the Lower Chamber (February 2003), the minimum overhead cover will rise from some 30% in 2007 to 95% in 2025. These figures are in sharp contrast to an overhead cover of less than 10% for the existing network, which is used predominantly by passenger trains (5.500 passenger trains per day, as opposed to 350 freight trains). Nevertheless, the Dutch Minister or Transport wishes to cut investment in the Betuwe Route, for example by not laying an overhead contact line and opting for the established Dutch ATB (automatic train control) system instead of the new European system.
However, if the Betuwe Route is not made accessible to electric locomotives, carriers, according to Railion Benelux, will have to revert to slower and less powerful diesel locomotives, which also have greater impact on the environment. This would make operation of the Betuwe Route commercially unattractive, both for carriers and the infrastructure manager.

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