Railbiking in Hengelo
August 9, 2016
You know that the Netherlands has many kinds of bicycles. But there's one type that was unknown to us. Belgium was first with their Railbikes, a splendid idea if you like trains and rails like me.
The railbike has entered Overijssel now. A short abandoned line of 2,1 kilometres in Hengelo has been restored and adapted for railbiking. The line goes from Hengelo to the neigbourhood of Twekkelo.
One of the volunteers is heading for the other end of the line, where he has to assist the railbikers to turn their vehicles in the other direction for the return trip.
There he goes.
There are several different vehicles, for 2-4 drivers and for 1-16 people. This one can be driven by 4 people and contains 2 benches and a picknick table.
This will become a little station at the starting point Hengelo. At the endpoint the line will become a few hundred metres longer. And there are plenty of other ideas that will make the experience more and more interesting.
Cyclists have to stop at crossings and to watch out for other traffic.
The line is short but leads through the nice green countryside. You'll pass by and cross some interesting objects like a canal and ship lock. At the end of the line you get a map of the area where you can walk or visit some special places.
And if you look carefully you might see something like this in an empty field.
This is the area where most of the Dutch salt comes from: cities like Boekelo, Enschede and Hengelo. Above one of the original buildings where the salt water was pumped up. In another topic I will tell you more about the rich saltmines in the Twente region.