On the occasion of 175 years of railways in the Netherlands the Dutch Railways Museum organised a gathering of the oldest locomotives in (European) railway history: Icons of the rail
1 The exhibition was indoors. We knew the weather would turn bad later in the day so we opted to browse the outdoor area first.
2 The driving trailer coach of the former Benelux service (Amsterdam-Bruxelles). This is a very recent acquisition as it ran on this service until december 2012.
3 Access to the railway is prohibited
4 The third rail indicates the width of the original broad gauge, 1945 mm, of the early railways in the Netherlands, inspired by Brunel's ideas. As the battle of the gauges turned towards 1435 mm, building of new railways in broad gauge ceased and in 1866 the remaining broad gauge had been converted.
5 The signal box of Groningen.
"Catch me who can" is the oldest exhibit dating from 1808. It was built for demonstration purposes by Richard Trevithick.
"Locomotion" pulled the world's first passenger train between Stockton and Darlington