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Northlander back to Netherlands?

Postby Tadman » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:12 pm

No joke - I saw a dilapidated ex-Ontario Northland, exx-Dutch Railways coach parked in a yard outside of Amsterdam. It was painted in very faded Ontario Northland colors, with the end doors boarded or plated over. Anybody know about these cars going back to Netherlands?
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Re: Northlander back to Netherlands?

Postby NorthWest » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:34 pm

These sets were originally built as the SBB RAm (2 sets) and the NS DE4 (3 sets). One trainset was wrecked and retired, and the other 4 sent over.
The Werkspoor locomotives did exactly that in cold weather/less exacting maintenance and were scrapped.
ON retired them in 1992, and in 1998 five cars, including a drivers cab, were returned to the Netherlands. They sat in Hamburg for a while as their wheels needed reprofiling to European standards. For whatever reason, it took them until 2008 to repaint the cab car.
They plan to construct a new locomotive to the original design as funds permit.
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Re: Northlander back to Netherlands?

Postby briann » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:38 pm

Have a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk89uwYhlD0 to see the units on the move.

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Re: Northlander back to Netherlands?

Postby ExCon90 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:21 pm

Don't those cars date back to early Trans-Europ-Express days? What use does a European railroad have for a one-of-a-kind set (they have fleets where we have 3 trains a week), or are they intended for a museum?
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Re: Northlander back to Netherlands?

Postby Backshophoss » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:36 pm

Believe the cars are headed to a dutch Rail Museum,
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Re: Northlander back to Netherlands?

Postby ExCon90 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:51 pm

Thanks--good to know. They'll do it right.
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