Saloon coach 1

Object number 1037


Saloon coach 1 (Sc 1) was built especially for Anna Paulowna, the widow of King William II of the Netherlands. She wanted her own personal saloon coach for travelling van Soestdijk to The Hague. Sc 1 was the first Royal coach and was built in 1864 in the HSM Workshop in Haarlem. In the end, Anna Paulowna never used the coach herself. She fell seriously ill in February 1865 and died soon after. The Sc 1 was later modified several times. It was originally built for broad-gauge rails, but in 1864, the HSM decided to convert the railways to standard tracks. The interior was fully refurbished in 1884, at which time a toilet and washbasin were installed in the coach as well. The Sr 1 in the Railway Museum is a replica based on this time period. The replica was built especially for the museum by the Kloosterboer Decor firm in Purmerend in 2010. The toilet and washbasin are original and are the only authentic elements to have been preserved.