The Great Discovery

It was quite a stir! De Arend took the Netherlands by storm. Travel back in time to 1839 and relive the sensation. Watch out: it's dark down in the mine shafts...

Here is where your amazing journey through the museum begins: descending 150 metres in a lift. You’ll step out into the early 19th century, a world filled with soot and steam!

Next, the first engine driver in the Netherlands, John Middlemiss, will escort you into the mine shaft. This is where it all started. You’ll see De Arend, the very first steam locomotive in the Netherlands! The gleaming train stands next to the ornately decorated platform at the d’Eenhonderd Roe station, ready and waiting to depart.

Listen to the special audio tour to hear all the stories.

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