Local Heart, Global Soul

March 22, 2013

Hollands Spoor … A Grand Old Lady that Knows Her Station…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Following yesterdays post I’ve been looking at some photographs in my archive folders and found several concerning the beautiful building that is Hollands Spoor (HS) station in the Hague.

One of the cities two train stations, it’s the one that is a ‘” through” station rather than the cul-de-sac type at Central Station where trains turn in and then reverse out again.

This means that if you need to catch many of the intercity trains or the high speed Thalys train, then it’s Hollands Spoor station that you’ll be departing from (or arriving at, depending on your location).

Both stations are significant junctions for the cities tram systems, although buses tend to go almost solely via Central Station because it’s a far more recent building and has a bus terminus level within it.

With regards to the history of Hollands Spoor Station, I found some interesting snippets on Wikipedia, written in italics below.

Den Haag Hollands Spoor railway station, also known as Den Haag HS, is the oldest railway station in The Hague, Netherlands.It was opened in 1843, when the Amsterdam–Haarlem railway, the oldest railway line in the country, was extended to The Hague. This line was further extended to Rotterdam in 1847. The railway station was named after the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij, the company which operated the railway station.

Rival company Nederlandsche Rhijnspoorweg-Maatschappij opened a second main railway station in The Hague in 1870, Den Haag Rhijnspoor, for the railway line to Gouda and Utrecht. This railway station was demolished in 1973, to make way for the Den Haag Centraal railway station. As a result, The Hague has two main railway stations: Centraal Station and Hollands Spoor. Trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and beyond (Brussels) stop at Hollands Spoor, not at Centraal Station.

The original railway building of 1843 was replaced by the current building designed by D.A.N. Margadant in 1891. A Royal Waiting Room was opened in 1893.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den_Haag_Hollands_Spoor_railway_station

I’ve taken more photos of the station over the years, these are just a few…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

1 Comment »

  1. “Grand old lady” indeed! What a magnificent building.

    Comment by Luddy's Lens — March 23, 2013 @ 4:16 pm | Reply


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