Friday 11th May 2018 – Museum Buurtspoorweg diesel day

The Museum Buurtspoorweg, based at Haaksbergen, approximately 10 miles south-west of Enschede in the Netherlands, is holding a diesel event in May.

Friday 11th May 2018 sees the Museum Buurtspoorweg (MBS) preserved railway host its “Dag van de Verbrandingsmotor”, a day on which its fleet of diesels takes centre stage.

The above is a link to a YouTube video uploaded by user Fermon Bosman showing operations at a similar event held by the MBS in 2009.

Operations

Although all obviously subject to change, the current plan is for passenger trains to be shared by two notable locomotives – “Brommer” 451 and “Bakkie” 660.  There will be three round trips during the day – the first and third being in the hands of 451 and the second hauled by 660.

In between the passenger-carrying runs, “Sik” 259 will haul a demonstration goods train.

The Locos

The MBS has a fantastically varied collection of ex-NS diesel shunting locomotives, with several varieties of “Sik” locotractor, a Werkspoor-built class 450, and one of the English Electric class 600 0-6-0 diesel shunters.

The two machines planned to be used on passenger trains are both of particular interest – 451 is the sole survivor of a class of ten machines built in the 1950s, whereas 660 will be instantly familiar to British enthusiasts, built to a design largely similar to British Rail’s Class 11 (by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry in 1956).

Getting There

The railway’s base is at Haaksbergen.  Although neither end is connected to the Dutch national network, it is easy to reach by public transport.  The no.53 bus from Hengelo railway station reaches Haaksbergen in 24 minutes, whereas the no.74 bus from Enschede station gets there in 20 minutes.

To note that the bus station in Haaksbergen is about 10 minutes’ walk from the station, whereas the no.53 stops on Meester Eenhuisstraat which is much closer.

Hengelo, of course, is situated on the main line between Amsterdam and Germany, which sees a class 1700-hauled Intercity train in each direction every two hours.

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