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De Oude Lijn

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  • A view at station Ravenhage-Beurs
    (click on the picture for a better view)

Here we show you the HSM modelrailway, which represents a part of the section Amsterdam-Rotterdam in the sixties. Round about 1850 this section was constructed by the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg Maatschappij (Dutch Iron Railway Company). In the beginning this company made use of wide track: the rails were situated two meters from each other. Almost all other railwaycompanies rode their trains on ‘normal track', becasue of this the company was likely to come into an isolated position. At the turn of the century the wide railwaysection was rebuild to normal track. The section Amsterdam-Rotterdam is called ‘de Oude Lijn' (the Old Line). A great part of this railway is situated alongside a canal, called the Haarlemmer Trekvaart. A little backgrounder here: in days gone by many freight forwarders had to transport their goods to their destination through this canal by using draught-horses. Formerly there were many stations to be found along the track. With the rise of the car 's use, many of the old, romantic stations have disappeared.

Around 1890 in Rotterdam they have elevated a part of the track and provided it with a station on level: Rotterdam Bourse. The station-building has disapppeared nowadays, because there is a railwaytunnel under the river Nieuwe Maas.

In 1925 this was the first railwaysection in Holland, where electric traction was introduced.

Our club, the Hollandsch Spoor Modelspoorgroep HSM, consists of six members, which are active in several branches of railway modelling. Together we have tried to represent this tiny piece of typical old-dutch railway section. On this site we hope to give you an impression of the intention of our modular railway.

  • Station Vogelenzang

member Hans Reints
The Vogelenzang station consists of four modules of 90 cm each. All the buildings here are made from thin cardboard. The trees are reproduced on real modelsize and are made from  natural materials. The bricks and sewer covers were carved with a small knive into roads made of Porion (filler). The tracks of N-gauge rails are nailed on real wooden sleepers. The railway crossing and the mechanical signals are motorised, the operation happens by remote control. The drawings of station, goods shed and pub are called in from municipal archives. The landscape and all the buildings are realisticly weathered. The backgrounds are painted by my daughter Wanda. My wife Nel likes the Vogelenzang station and that's why I built it.

  • Trambridge

member Eric Deij
In 1988 I dayly passed the tunnel under the bridge over the Leidsche Vaart, and it fascinated me how the bridge was a part of the landscape. Surrounded by bulbfields and wild bushes that big double bridge  lays over the water, unaware of its own beauty. I decided to model that one. I made pictures and started to build. And during that process I discovered how the real bridge was constructed. The modell is all brass. Until 1957 there was a tramconnection from Amsterdam via Haarlem and Aerdenhout to Zandvoort-on-Sea. The trams were called ‘Blue Trams'. Near Aerdenhout the tram also crossed the Haarlemmer Trekvaart and the track situated in a similar landscape, seen on old pictures. That's how I tried to catch the atmosphere of those situations.

  • The railwaycrossing by Piet Gijs

member Gerard Tombroek
I like the little ship-yard near the earlier wayside station Piet Gijzenbrug with the present restaurant very much. The shed near the shipyard is made from strips of wood. The houseboats and the tiny covered barge are all d.y.i and cut from soft wood. The superstructure of the houseboat is made from strips of plastic from Evergreen. The big boat is from a building set of Wegass. The railway bridge is totally made from plastic card. I have tried to recreate the railway crossing as realisticly as possible. The crossing is operated by way of railway-contacts, which turn the green flashing light into a red light. The water is cast with clear resin, whereas the cows feed themselves on the fibres from Woodland Scenics.

  • Viaduct in Rotterdam

member Paul Bijleveld
This viaduct, built from wood, plastic card and brass, is a copy of the original viaduct in Rotterdam. Etched brass plate is used for the gratings from the bridge. Behind the viaduct you see the buildings of the Yeast and Methylated Spirit Factory, that since the least century already has been established on this location near Delft. From here many yeasttrains departed to other destinations in Holland, Germany and Belgium. Also the sectionhouse such as it is placed here, was to be found almost everywhere in the country. Here the Dutch Railways personal that took care of the railway maintainance and the operation of the signals and the railway-crossing lived. In the background you see some Dutch premises, which are building sets from Pola. With another grouping of parts and colour graduation it looks like Old Dutch.

  • Pianoshop Matla in Ravenhage

member Thom Raven
The right ending of the HSM-scene is formed by a typical small old Dutch town, called ‘Ravenhage'. The buildings of this miniature town are nearly all models of existing historical premises. The sphere of the town and the pre-war viaduct on which the train is running are elements from Rotterdam. Central in this little modeltown is the station, which resembles the Blaak station of Rotterdam. In reality this station disappeared in 1992 to make room for a railwaytunnel under the river Nieuwe Maas. Through Ravenhage drive tram-cars, also selfmade to Rotterdam examples. This modelbuilding costs a lot of time. We hope you enjoyed the pictures of this ‘Oude Lijn'.

member Gerard van de Weerd
The entourage around a modelrailway is an important part of the representation. To create an illusion in the right way to find yourself in another world the railway is furnished with a dull background and from screened lightning. The height of the lighting frames on the foreside are so choosen, that the disturbed influence of the upside of the background is not conspicious by most spectators. An extra depthworking can also be obtained by applying several fluorescent lamps with a warm lightcolour.
Each track is supplied with its own adjustable power. The operation happens with two walkaround controls, by which the traincontrol from the one regulator to the other can be passed through. The control of the trainrun happens at sight.

  • Railway crossing near Vogelenzang-Bennebroek

To work out the layoutplan and to construct it all happened between 1987 and 1990. The first exhibition was during the International Railway Exhibition Rail '90 in 's-Hertogenbosch in Holland. Then at the invitation of Dave Rowe we went with the 'Oude Lijn" to England in 1992 as guests of the Bristol Model Railway Exhibition.
The third exposition was also in 's-Hertogenbosch at Rail'92 and the last show was in France. Jacques Le Plat introduced us by the International Model Show in Sedan.
For some time this layout is to be seen in Leiden in the Model Museum.
Now we are working on a new layout, which would be much nicer then the older ones!

Last Updated December 29, 1997
Copyright 1997 by Hollandsch Spoor Modelspoorgroep
Translation: Peter Klapwijk
For more information contact Gerard van de Weerd