Arend under Steam
- 18 Apr 2020 t-m 25 Oct 2020
- Children ages 4+, Adults
De Arend pulled the first Dutch train.
On 20 September 1839, the Netherland’s first train pulled away from the d’Eenhonderd Roe station on the outskirts of Amsterdam. The trip lasted just under 30 minutes and was a great success.
The Arend you see in the Railway Museum is a replica. A brass plaque mounted on the locomotive gives it away: 1938. The real De Arend locomotive was scrapped in 1857 when it was no longer needed. At the time, no one had any idea of its potential historical value.
De Arend is never operated in the winter months. Why not?
Low temperatures are not good for De Arend’s boiler. Instead, the locomotive undergoes an extensive tune-up during the colder part of the year: everything is cleaned thoroughly and minor repairs are carried out.
Dates on which De Arend will be fired up in 2019 (all dates subject to change)
13 & 14 April
18 & 19 May
15 & 16 June
20 & 21 July
17 & 18 August
21 & 22 September
19 & 20 October
(De Arend is not operated in winter)