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No engine for train to Brussels

13 July 2007 - Train services between Amsterdam and Brussels will be cancelled because of a shortage of engines that can run on both Belgian and Dutch tracks. Passengers’ organisations call on the railway services to find a solution.

The 10.26 train from Amsterdam and the 13.40 train from Brussels will probably be suspended, because almost half of the twelve suitable engines are currently unavailable. Normal engines cannot be used because Belgium has 3,000 volt overhead wire, whereas the Netherlands has 1,500 volt.

Belgian passengers’ organisation BTTB and its Dutch counterpart ROVER say that the Brussels service is problem-ridden as it is. Services are frequently cancelled. When the train does run, there is often a shortage of seats.

The service - also known as Benelux Train because it originally was to have a connection to Luxembourg as well - will be terminated when the new high speed train to Paris is inaugurated in the autumn of 2008. The result will be more expensive fares and still a shortage of seats, ROVER and BTTB fear.

Source: ROVER/BTTB press release (in Dutch). Illustration: Brussels train near Amsterdam CS (photo T. Houdijk / Wikipedia)


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