Amsterdam–Haarlem–Rotterdam railway

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Amsterdam–Haarlem–Rotterdam railway
Oude Lijn
Oude Lijn.png
Overview
StatusOperational
LocaleNetherlands
TerminiAmsterdam Centraal railway station
Rotterdam Centraal railway station
Operation
Opened1839–1847
Operator(s)Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Technical
Line length86 km (53 mi)
Number of tracksDouble track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification1.5 kV DC
Route map

Line from Amersfoort
Line to Utrecht
Amsterdam Muiderpoort
-1
Amsterdam Centraal
from port of Amsterdam
Line from Schiphol
3
Amsterdam Sloterdijk
Amsterdam Sloterdijk (Hemboog)
Line to Zaandam
River Liede
Haarlem Spaarnwoude
River Spaarne
19
Haarlem
to Uitgeest
to Zandvoort
23
Heemstede-Aerdenhout
28
Hillegom
39
Voorhout
Line from Schiphol
46
Leiden Centraal
to Woerden
River Oude Rijn
48
De Vink
51
Voorschoten
57
Den Haag Mariahoeve
Line from Zoetermeer and Rotterdam
59
Den Haag Laan van NOI
Den Haag Centraal
Line to Gouda
61
Den Haag Hollands Spoor
63
Den Haag Moerwijk
65
Rijswijk
69
Delft
71
Delft Zuid
from Hoek van Holland
River Schiedamse Schie
82
Schiedam Centrum
River Delfshavense Schie
high speed line from Schiphol
Line from Utrecht Centraal
86
Rotterdam Centraal
Line to Breda

The railway from Amsterdam through Haarlem to Rotterdam (also: Oude Lijn, Dutch for "old line") runs from Amsterdam Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal through Haarlem.

From December 2011 it is used by all direct trains from Amsterdam to The Hague, and all direct supplement-free trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam except those through Woerden.

History[edit]

It contains the oldest railway line in the Netherlands, and follows the old horse-drawn boat (Dutch: trekschuit) canal route from Leiden via Haarlem to Amsterdam-Sloterdijk. It was opened between 1839 and 1847 by the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij. The oldest section, opened in 1839, led from Amsterdam to Haarlem. Leiden and The Hague were reached in 1843, and the final section from The Hague to Rotterdam was opened in June 1847.[1]

The opening of the Weesp–Leiden railway (1978) and the Amsterdam–Schiphol railway (1986) provided a shorter connection from Leiden through Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam. Nevertheless, the old line via Haarlem has remained an important railway line.

In March 2015 a new tunnel and station were opened in Delft, underpassing the former railway station and viaduct. The doubling of the tracks will be undertaken until 2020.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Bosch Kemper, M.J. (1865). Handleiding tot de kennis van de wetenschap der zamenleving en van het Nederlandsche staatsregt (in Dutch). Amsterdam: Johannes Müller. p. 883.
  2. ^ "English summary". Spoorzone Delft.

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