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Steamtrains in Haaksbergen

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

August 15, 2016

Between the cities of Haaksbergen and Boekelo an old single track railway line is now in use by the Museum Buurtspoorweg, a steamtrain museum that operates trains regularly on this local line.

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

Both ends of the line have their old stations that are kept completely in the original form. If you don't look at the modern buildings around the station you can dream yourself to be in a different era, some 100 years ago.

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

The old system of train signalling and lowering the gates at crossings.

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

The main station in Haaksbergen, decorated with original commercial metal plates.

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

Wooden signpost with directions to the dining room, the workplace and the toilets. There used to be an upper floor with a number of interesting objects and a model railway, but that seems to have disappeared.

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

View on the heavy steel bridge and the train workplace. The passenger traverse from 1888 is a national monument and served in another city for a long time. These very solid bridges were once common on stations, but now there are only two left!

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

View from the steel bridge.

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

An old telephone boot, complete with telephone, coin slot and telephone books.

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

The museum has a number of different locs. I suppose this one is a diesel loc.

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

In and around the station you will find authentic objects, like suitcases and a coffee wagon for supplying coffee to passengers in the train, during a stop at the station.

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

The locomotif's waterreservoir needs to be refilled often.

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

A steampunker form New Zealand on his way to a steampunk festival in England. Stopping by in Twente to make a trip with the train on the line Boekelo-Haaksbergen vv.

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

He's all dressed up in beautiful old and appropriate clothes.

Steamtrain Haaksbergen-Boekelo

The little girl will probably become a volunteer in this museum when she's a grown up. The little boy is less interested and doesn't know what to think of his sister's enthousiasm.

Warning: the trains are not very comfortable and quite noisy. But, you will not hear the train noise if there are children under four years old who are yelling and screetching louder than the train! We forgot our earplugs and are still deaf. Thanks to the parents who tolerate the behavior of their crazy toddlers.

 

www.museumbuurtspoorweg.nl