The Netherlands - private cargo rail operators

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ACTS or Afzet Container Transport Systeem was a Dutch rail operator. Since 2011 its activities have been carried on under the name Husa since the Belgian company HUSA Capital BV aquired its majority stake. This locomotive is/was a Reeks HLD 62 machine. It was a Belgian locomotive type based on the famous Swedish GM/Nohab "roundnose", which was produced under American GM and Swedish Nohab licence in Belgium. This Reeks machine is a further development, which was used not only by the Belgian state railways, but also by the Luxemburg state railways CFL. ACTS bought its machines used from the Belgian state railways NMBS. The type was built in 136 copies from 1961 onwards and it was taken out of use at Belgian railways in 2003. It was a dieselelectric machine weighing 81 tons and with a modest power rating of only 1030 kW and a top speed of 120 km/h. The engines were made by General Motors.
Picture from Leeuwarden 16.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A Siemens EuroSprinter locomotive of the type Br189 used by ACTS/HUSA. The locomotive is owned by the locomotive leasing company MRCE Dispolok (formerly Siemens Dispolok) and it is in German register. Siemens calls this type ES64F4 (EuroSprinter 6400 kW freight version with 4 electric systems). The type is available in 11 different variants which can operate in 12 European countries, but each variant only in 1 to 7 countries. This one is of the variant "VK" which can run only in the Netherlands and Germany but it still covers both the DC electric systems of the Netherlands as well as the new 25 kV AC and the German 15 kV AC system.
Picture from Amersfoort 3.10.2010 by Sanna Siissalo.

Strukton Rail


The company Strukton specialises in track laying and other railroad track construction and repair works. These two Strukton's locomotives "Demi" and "Willy" are both of the Vossloh type G1206.
Picture from Hengelo station 11.7.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Strukton's "Willy" seen a bit closer. These machines create 1500 kW power, weigh 88 tons and are powered by Caterpillar Cat 3512B DITA engines. Willy's normal home base is Amersfoort. It was taken into use in 2003 and its official owner is Strukton Railinfra Materieel B.V., from 's-Hertogenbosch
Picture from Hengelo station 11.7.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.



This VideoSchouwTrein VST07-3 is nowadays owned by Eurailscout. It is an old NS class 2200 diesel engine, former NS 2282, now known by the name "Anneke". Eurailscout has three similar video surveillance locomotives known as "Anneke", "Berta" and "José". The idea is to ride all the possible tracks while simultaneously taking a high resolution video of all of the track. That can reveal for example trees which might be in danger of falling onto the tracks or anomalies in track geometry.
Picture of VST07-3 "Anneke" at Groningen 22.5.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Another view of the VST07-3 "Anneke". Note that Eurailscout is a part of the Strukton group.
Picture of VST07-3 "Anneke" at Groningen 22.5.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Similar, but not the same. This is Eurailscout's VST07-2 called "José", here making a video film at Amsterdam Centraal.
Picture from Amsterdam Centraal station 23.5.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Eurailscout's VST07-2 called "José" seen from the other side.
Picture from Amsterdam Centraal station 23.5.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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