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Schiphol by Bjorn Verzijlbergh

The Schiphol-line, as it’s known, is one of the busiest corridors in the Netherlands. It provides the track service from Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol), one of the busiest and largest Airports in Europe, to the rest of the Netherlands and even Germany, Belgium and France by means of High Speed Trains (Thalys/TGV/ICE). So besides local, regional and intercity traffic, you get international traffic and the corresponding trafficload… Are you ready for this?

The Dutch railway network is one of the busiest networks in the world. The capacity of the network is massive, due to the automated block-section signalling as well as one of the earliest developed Atomatic Train Braking security systems that was developed in 1947 capable of reading not just signals at danger, but also speed limits and in-cab display of signalling. The use of the capacity over the recent years has been almost stretched to the limit. Expect trains, and loads of them. It’s your job to guide them through, accidents and problems will cause a huge workload on top of the already heavy traffic.

Expected: Delayed -> 3rd Quarter of 2012 (due to new/updated timetables)

Image Courtisy of Nico Spilt (see links page)

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