Local Heart, Global Soul

May 28, 2020

Bags Of Beauty…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Monumentendag” where many churches, Government and historic buildings are open to the public for one or two days of the Monumentendag weekend.

I’m visiting Hollandspoor train station in Den Haag (The Hague.)

The Dutch Wikipedia page:  “Station Den Haag HS”  tells us: “Tramstops and station environment.  Hollandspoor Station is also traditionally a tram hub.

  The HIJSM (“Hollandsche Ijzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij.”, the company who owns the station) wanted to have a railway connection with the trams and in 1886 a steam tram line was opened: Line 11.

This steam tram had it’s own covered terminus point next to the station. This steam tram and subsequent electric ones had a connection to goods traffic as well. The Station Square in front of the Station has always been had many tram lines. In 2000, a tram tunnel was opened under the train tracks, which now allows many tram lines to access the station directly.

The previous tram tracks in the Parallelwegwere been moved to an overpass next to the railway.  On the Station Plein (Square) the tram platforms have been redesigned in connection with the tram tunnel.

 The district on the city side of the station has recently been derelict and the municipality wants to give the whole district a refresh. The formally unattractive walking route into downtown has already been improved.

 At the former post sorting centre (which had it’s own tracks and loading dock) a sports and shopping centre has been made with climbing walls and diving facilities. This new neighbourhood is connected to the Station Square through a pedestrian and bicycle tunnel under the train tracks with direct access to the train platform via stairs. 

On one section of the platform there is an amazingly ornate entrance, I took a closer look…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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