Sunday, 22 February 2015

Last train home

Until 1960 the train crossed the town in two parts at ground level. Here you see a crossing in the Rosestraat (in the heart of the Delft centre).

When traffic began to increase it was no longer safe and sane to have the trains at ground level anymore so between 1960 and 1965 between Kampveldweg and Houttuinen, just north of the Delft station a railway viaduct which was built. Even more so the town was split between a part before the railway (the old town centre) and the part behind the railway the new urban districts where most of the people live. But traffic was so dense every five minutes a train will pass and the two track railway viaduct has become a bottleneck in the train connection between The Hague and Rotterdam.



So six years ago government decided to build a four way track underground. The first two tracks are finished now. In the night from Saturday to Sunday again the a page in the history of the little town is being written. For the last time a train will ride on the railway viaduct.
After the train has gone underground the viaduct will be demolished and a second tunnel will be build for the other two tracks.

Tickets have been sold to the people who want to see the last train high above the ground for the last time pass. And you will be pleased to know the event is sold out.

8 comments:

  1. Just see the train, not ride it? Interesting.

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    1. Well there are train fanatics and train fanatics.
      I have a train simulator on my computer.

      Big smile,
      Han

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  2. Traffic flow is important, especially when the infrastructure can't compete with the commuter volume. So, I am happy about the improvement. However, it is sad that passengers will no longer get a pretty view of the neighbourhood as the train does its route. It'll just be darkness.

    Did you happen to get a ticket to see the train travel high above the ground before it disappears?

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    1. Only 50 tickets sold, girl with the naughty name. Only 50, no not me. But I have seen it often before.

      Ah, trains,
      Han

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  3. Thank you for sharing Han...I love learning about other cities and countries. I agree with CB...improvements are needed but something is lost also. Did you and Wanita happen to get tickets?

    Hugs and Blessings...
    Cat

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    1. Nah, no tickets for us. Wanita would not even think of sitting there in the cold looking at the last train. She would say, that's good, peace and quiet now.

      But Han, well that is different candy.
      That is candy he likes. (Old Dutch saying: Dat is andere koek, die lusten wij wel)

      Smile,
      Han

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  4. It is always both pleasing and sad when something so familiar that has been there throughout our lives disappears.
    But perhaps it will always remain in people's language. ..

    "Should we meet at the visducy?" .. and all will understand what it means.
    We have a store in my town called Tempo in the 70th .
    Since 25 years called the Åhléns. Still I can hear here and there that people call Åhlens for Tempo .. lol

    I am also curios if you were there, Han?

    Take care,
    Mona Lisa

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    1. Yes, memories are nice too. And in about 10 years time when all is new and finished people will like that as well. And faster trains, who doesn't want a faster connection between two cities?

      Progress, Mona Lisa, cannot be stopped.
      But memories, they can be preserved,
      Thank you for your comment,

      Han

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