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Venlo (Netherlands - Germany)

Venlo consists of two parts, the passenger section is equipped with switchable tracks, whereas the freight section is divided into two parts.
As the trains from Germany don't run to Eindhoven anymore, only few use of the passenger section is made. Hourly push-pull-trains change their direction under 15 kV 16 2/3 Hz.
With the increasing number of services by private freight operators (e.g. R4C and DLC), the fraction of diesels running through has also raised.
locomotive parade 1999

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Double traction of DB class 145 at Venlo
"Bull" heading northbound
switchable section of Venlo station
various impressions from Venlo, taken on 20. August 2004
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Venlo station
Venlo station
NS 6507 shunts DB 155 108
former times at Venlo
© Langs de rails
DB class 155 at
Venlo, 29. May 1999

 parade of historical NS locos 1999
On 29. May 1999 the international services Cologne-Einhoven were discontinued due to a lack of passengers, as the official explanation was. For this special occasion the last "D-trains" were hauled by historic locos on the Dutch part of their service. The interested trainspotters saw NS 1202 (blue livery), NS 1301 (yellow livery) and NS 1501 (black livery).

In the fifties and sixties there was a need for 1500 DC locos in the Netherlands. Because they had become superfluous in Britain, NS bought some locos of BR class 27000. They have been repainted yellow and grey livery and have been mainly in use between Den Haag - Venlo.
NS 1202, DB 103, NS 1301

NS 1202, DB 103, NS 1501

Despite of this one, two other locos of the same class are exhibited British museums: One is Manchester (in yellow/grey NS-livery), the other one is coloured in British Rail Blue and was back - temporarily painted green - to the continent in 1989 to celebrate the 150th birthday of Dutch railways. NS 1501 has been repainted in yellow/grey NS-livery a couple of years ago.
Thanks to Rian van der Borgt and Richard Krol

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