The International Steam Pages

Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik, 10th May 2014 

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Filippo Ricci writes of his visit, almost exactly a year after Thomas Kautzor (report here).


Hoorn shed from the station footbridge.

Historical data on this line is quite difficult to obtain: all I managed to gather is that it opened in 1887, closed for passengers between 1936 and 1940 then reopened briefly until January 1941, probably due to war restriction on other transport means. (See also this for almost as brief a history.).

I suppose that some sort of freight traffic continued afterwards because the line reopened for tourist traffic and has remained active ever since.

The Dutch Wikipedia has a very detailed stocklist here:

Note that that they call it “Stoomtram”, steam tramway, but it is really an unfenced railway with no roadside stretches.

Trip report:

SHM 8 and NS 7742 on shed.

On the day of my visit, 10th May 2014, two locos were in steam namely SHM 5 “Enkhuizen” (La Meuse, 1929) and LTM 26 “Ir.P.H. Bosboom" (Hannoverische Machinenfabrik, 1922).

Also present on shed were NS 7742 “Bello” (Berliner Maschinenbau A.G., 1914), HTM 8 “Ooievaar” (Backer & Rueb, Breda, 1904) and an unidentified 0-4-0T being overhauled.

Outside stood two diesels: SHM 35 “Griezel" (LOWA Lokomotivbau Karl Marx, 1975) and NS 271 (Werkspoor, Amsterdam, 1938).

I was lucky to arrive more than one hour early so after paying the entry fee I was able to roam the shed and yard freely and almost alone, so no squabbling to take pictures.

TM 26 and SHM 5 up close. .
Coaling in time honoured fashion

Then I boarded the 10.45 train (loco LTM 26) on the first coach but the gale and rain were so intense that I was unable to stand on the balcony for the whole trip.

Despite the weather I was able to appreciate the rural setting with cattle herds grazing and, as you might expect in the Netherlands, a drawbridge and a windmill in Medenblik:

Once arrived in Medenblik I headed for the buffet car and got a hot cup of tea to shake off the cold then waited for the engine to run around the train.

The end of the line with LTM 26 running around the train.

On the return journey I was surprised by the modernity and relative comfort of the engine cab: seats are provided for both driver and fireman, there are ample glazed side windows and all controls are within easy reach.

During the return trip we crossed with SHM 5 at Wognum then we were soon back to Hoorn.

Crossing SHM 5 at Wognum on the return journey.

Rob Dickinson