Thanks to TC for the words, memories and phots
My first trip abroad was in 1986, to travel on the EM2 Farewell Tour. I went back in 1989 to do one of the tours to mark 150 years of Dutch railways, the tours where 1502 went back to Holland and worked a series of tours in BR Green. After doing a couple of the “Werkgroup 1501” tours with their own EM2 1501, 1 decided I wanted a day or two bashing the other older Dutch electrics, the 1100’s 1200′ and 1300’s.
The idea behind this trip was a newspaper offer (two for one I think) on various ferry services, and after collecting the required number of tokens, I booked a return overnight crossing with a cabin between Harwich and Hoek van Holland. Along with Driver Phil, we set off on our first foreign bash. The validity for the Dutch trains was (I believe) a two person day rover ticket
For any boat cranks, we sailed on the “Koningen Beatrix” on Friday night, returning on the “St. Nicholas” on Saturday night.
We didn’t have any “gen” or loco diagrams as such, we knew the Zandvoort – Masstricht / Heerlen services were booked loco hauled and this provided a half hourly service between Zandvoort and Sittard. We also wanted a ride past the huge railway yards to the south of Rotterdam, which explains the move to Zwijndrecht. I had “borrowed” a fairly recent out of date Thomas Cooks European timetable from work to give us an idea of the train times.
Our method of operation was to catch the first train out, and then see what we passed. If it was an older electric we would work out what it came back on, and position ourselves for it.
Although we managed three 1200’s and a 1300, I noted that 1206, 1215 and 1315 were also out that day.
Friday 11th February 1994
86218 18.55 Liverpool St – Harwich PQ Liverpool St. – Harwich PQ
Saturday 12th February 1994
4237+4246 08.00 Hoek van Holland – Amsterdam CS
Hoek van Holland – Rotterdam CS 28km
1725 07.39 Amsterdam CS – Breda
Rotterdam CS – Zwijndrecht 18km
1703 08.56 Breda – Amsterdam CS
Zwijndrecht – Haarlem 85km
1623 10.26 Zandvoort – Heerlen
Haarlem – Amsterdam CS 19km
1219 08.31 Maastricht – Zandvoort
Amsterdam CS – Zandvoort 27km
1601 11.56 Zandvoort – Maastricht
Zandvoort – Amsterdam CS 27km
1212 12.56 Zandvoort – Maastricht
Amsterdam CS – s’ Hertogenbosch 87km
1651 12.59 Heerlen – Zandvoort
s’ Hertogenbosch – Utrecht CS 48km
1313 14.26 Zandvoort – Heerlen
Utrecht CS – Eindhoven 80km
1216 15.31 Maastricht – Zandvoort
Eindhoven – Amsterdam CS 119km
1189 18.25 Amsterdam CS – Brussells Midi
Amsterdam CS – Rotterdam CS 86km
2858 20.10 Rotterdam CS – Hoek van Holland
Rotterdham CS – Hoek van Holland 28km
Sunday 13th February 1994
Bus Replacement Harwich PQ – Liverpool St.
319165 10.00 Kings Cross Thameslink – Bedford Kings Cross Thameslink – Bedford
TC’s Phots from the day
1623 at Amsterdam C with the 1026 Zandvoort – Heerlen
1219 at Zandvoort with the 0831 ex Maastricht
1601 at Amsterdam C with the 1156 Zandvoort – Maastricht
1144 at Amsterdam C with ECS
1313 at Eindhoven with the 1426 Zandvoort – Heerlen
Thanks again to “TC” for the excellent write up