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Fyra high-speed train on a test run in The Hague
|Route km operated:||426 km|
|Track length:||no own tracks|
NS International (formerly NS Hispeed) is the rail operator in the Netherlands that operates international intercity and high-speed train connections as well as national high-speed trains over the HSL-Zuid high speed line, which are branded as Intercity Direct.
NS International is part of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen. It currently operates both high-speed and non-high-speed services. Further domestic and international semi-high-speed and high-speed services are to be introduced in the near future.
NS Hispeed was formed in 2007 when the former international subdivision of NS, NS Internationaal, was rebranded as NS Hispeed. It is a founding member of the Railteam alliance, with a 10% share in the group. In June 2014, they changed their name back to NS Intetnational.
- High speed train Thalys from Amsterdam via Schiphol, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels to Paris.
- High speed train Fyra from Amsterdam via Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam. The Fyra service is operated by High Speed Alliance, a cooperative of NS (90%) and airline KLM (10%).
- ICE from Amsterdam via Utrecht and Arnhem to Frankfurt, continuing once a day to Basel.
- InterCity from Amsterdam via Schiphol, The Hague, Roosendaal and Antwerp to Brussels.
- InterCity from Schiphol via Amersfoort, Deventer, Hengelo, Bad Bentheim, Osnabrück and Hannover to Berlin, continuing once a day to Szczecin.
Other cross-border services (from Enschede, Maastricht, Nieuweschans, Venlo, Heerlen and Roosendaal) are not part of NS Hispeed, nor is the EuroNight from Amsterdam to Copenhagen / Prague / Warsaw / Minsk / Moscow or the CityNightLine.
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NS Hispeed is the Dutch partner in two high-speed international services, Thalys and ICE International. Although the rolling stock for these services is pooled, each partner has purchased and owns a number of units in each fleet. NS owns four ICE 3M EMUs used for the ICE services, and two PBKA EMUs operated by Thalys, all of which are quadricurrent.
NS Hispeed has ordered sixteen V250 trains from Ansaldobreda, with NMBS ordering a further three sets, which will be used for a third high-speed international service Fyra. Fyra will operate high-speed connections between Amsterdam, Schiphol and Rotterdam and ongoing to Breda and Brussels. These sets will be eight carriages long and have a top speed of 250 km/h. Currently, Fyra only runs between Amsterdam, Schiphol and Rotterdam (since the 4 April[year needed] also further on to Breda), using hired Bombardier Traxx F140 MS electric locomotives and upgraded ICRm carriages, awaiting the arrival of the new V250 stock.
|Series 43000||Electric multiple unit||186||300||2||1997||Used for Thalys service|
|DBAG Class 406||Electric multiple unit||199||320||4||1999||Used for ICE International service|
|V250||Electric multiple unit||155||250||16 ordered||2008-2010||Trains were to be used for Fyra, but the order was cancelled in 2013|
At the moment, NS International has hired twelve Bombardier Traxx F140 MS electric locomotives from Angel Trains, numbered E186 111 to E186 122, to use on the 'Benelux' intercities to Belgium Belgian SNCB Class 11 locomotives that were previously used on this service have now been set aside due to their unreliability, with only one spare locomotive still on standby at the Watergraafsmeer emplacement.
- Dutch railway services - Showing NS International services
- Amsterdam-Emmerich border, 115 km; high-speed line Schiphol-Antwerpen, 147 km; Amsterdam-Leiden-Rotterdam-Roosendaal, ? km; Amsterdam-Apeldoorn-Deventer-Almelo-Bad Bentheim border, 88+15+38+33 km.
- "Angel Trains Cargo E186 series". Railcolor.net - Modern Locomotive Power. Retrieved 16 December 2008.