NS International

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NS International
NS highspeed logo.svg
Fyra-V250-Den Haag.jpg
Fyra high-speed train on a test run in The Hague
Main region(s): Netherlands
Route km operated: 426 km[1]
Parent company: NS
Web site: www.nsinternational.nl/en
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 to Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris and several other destinations.

NS International is part of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen. It currently operates both high-speed and non-high-speed services. Further 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 International.


Planned services on the HSL-Zuid, including Thalys (bright red) and Fyra (other colours).
NS Hispeed Traxx F140 MS locomotive E186 120 arrives at Brussels-South railway station.

As of December 2007 NS International trains operated over a number of routes both within the Netherlands and across the borders into Germany and Belgium (and on to France). These were:

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.

Rolling stock[edit]

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.

 Class  Image  Type   Top speed   Number   Built   Notes 
 mph   km/h 
Series 43000 Thalys 4343 Koeln.jpg Electric multiple unit 186 300 2 1997 Used for Thalys service
DBAG Class 406 NS ICE 4651 at Amsterdam Centraal a.jpg Electric multiple unit 199 320 4 1999 Used for ICE International service
V250 Ansaldo Breda V250.JPG 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,[2] 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Angel Trains Cargo E186 series". Railcolor.net - Modern Locomotive Power. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 

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