Steamtrains in Haaksbergen
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.
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.
The old system of train signalling and lowering the gates at crossings.
The main station in Haaksbergen, decorated with original commercial metal plates.
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.
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!
View from the steel bridge.
An old telephone boot, complete with telephone, coin slot and telephone books.
The museum has a number of different locs. I suppose this one is a diesel loc.
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.
The locomotif's waterreservoir needs to be refilled often.
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.
He's all dressed up in beautiful old and appropriate clothes.
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.