Meppel–Groningen railway

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Meppel–Groningen railway
Status Operational
Locale The Netherlands
Termini Meppel railway station
Groningen railway station
Opened 1870
Operator(s) Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Line length 77 km (48 mi)
Number of tracks double track
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 1.5 kV DC
Route map

The Meppel–Groningen railway is an important railway line in the Netherlands running from Meppel to Groningen, passing through Hoogeveen and Assen. The line was opened in 1870. It is also known as the Staatslijn "C".


The main interchange stations on the Meppel–Groningen railway are:


The Westerbork transit camp, where Dutch Jews and others were held before deportation to Nazi concentration camps in the East, had its own branch line from the Meppel–Groningen railway, branching off at the former Hooghalen railway station. In the 1970s, the railway was the scene of two train hijackings by South-Moluccans: in 1975 at Wijster, and in 1977 at De Punt.