My Gallery of Trams and Trains


The photographs on this page are copyright by Nico Booij, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
If you would like to know more about the railways in the Netherlands, please go to the website of NVBS.




My home city of Rotterdam once had the most beautiful tram cars of the world; the design is both robust and elegant.
These cars came into service in 1930, and many of them still were active in the 70-s, despite the very heavy use and neglect during the 2nd World War.
A few of them run even today making regular tours during summer. The picture was taken on the starting point of the tour, the Willemsplein from where you have a beautiful view on the river Nieuwe Maas.

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An early morning photo of the Place Brouckère in Brussels. The photo was taken in October 1964, when the traditional tram cars were still running and Metro lines were non-existent.
Trams cannot be seen at this point any more.

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The station of Kezmarok in Slovakia, 2004. Many Eastern European countries still have a large number of smaller country lines, serviced by small Diesel trains.
Kezmarok is on the line between Poprad-Tatry and Plavec.

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The Rotterdamsche Tramweg Maatschappij had a large narrow-gauge railway network on the islands south of Rotterdam. Here a train to Spijkenisse (a tram according to Dutch law) can be seen shortly after its departure from the Rotterdam terminus.
I particularly loved this line because it was the last of its kind in the Netherlands.

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Eastern Germany still has a number of steam-driven narrow-gauge lines. This one is the SOEG line from Zittau to Bad Jonsdorf in the far Southeastern corner of Germany. The station shown is in Bertsdorf where the line to Bad Oybin branches off.

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A long time ago when Yugoslavia still existed, we had holidays in Dubrovnik. The picture shows the terminus at the Pile gate, the entrance to the old town.
Here two tram lines ended, one went to the harbour, the other to the Lapad peninsula.

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Rotterdam is one of the largest ports in the world. Every day many trains leave for the hinterland.
The locomotive is one of a series produced in the former Eastern Germany.

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In the tram parade, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the N.V.B.S. on June 11 of 2006 this tram from Copenhagen was one of the historic tram cars. I particularly liked to see it (and ride it) because I have seen this type of cars with their remarkable design in the streets of Copenhagen when they were still in regular service in 1963.

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A picture taken during the train tour in October 2006 that was part of the festivities for the 75th anniversary of the N.V.B.S.
The picture was taken in Beekbergen, the centre of the activities.

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