I accidentally ended up in Amsterdam Central Station, always good for some photo shots.
1 I habitually travel to Haarlem for work (yellow route northwards). Today however my route was disrupted by malfunctioning points at Delft. So I took the Fyra from Rotterdam to Amsterdam to take a normal train back to Haarlem (red route). Once in Amsterdam I could not resist taking a few photos.
4 NS (Dutch Railways) sponsors the Olympics, this VIRM class double deck trainset is one of the omlypic trains.
6 IC-E high speed train (300 km/h) at the service platforms, waiting for its next run to Basel, Switzerland.
7 Tha station's canopy, one of four actually and the second largest. The tracks on the right are being relayed. The station is being reconstructed to accomodate the ever growing passenger numbers. Amsterdam Central Station is busier than Amsterdam International Aitport (commonly known as Schiphol) with appr. 250,000 passengers per day, that is a stunning 87 million per year (Schiphol: 44 million)
8 Reconstruction work under the canopy.
14 A tool and support car fitted with rail adaptors.
21 The other side of the canopy
22 The first canopy, the biggest, a beautifully riveted construction
23 The ICE I saw earlier, departing Amsterdam for Basel
28 The royal waiting room
30 Guilded detail
32 Inside the great hall
33 Later that day I travelled to Utrecht, passing Amsterdam CS once more and caught this ICE