Steam in Holland ~ 1931 - 1957 • DVD • 49 mins • B&W and Colour
Ton Pruissen turns his attention to his native land, and the wonderful range of steam locos to be found on Dutch State Railways (the NS) between 1931 and the end of steam in on the 7th January 1958.
The early film was shot by H.J. Stretton-Ward, a committee member or President of the RCTS from 1931 to 1958. His filming shows many scenes and locomotives that were to disappear during the the Second World War, as well as the famed 4-cylinder 3700 class 4-6-0s.
Allied bombing, and the devastation caused by the retreating Germans left the NS in a parlous state at the end of the war. As major rebuilding was required, it was decided to electrify main lines at the same time but, in the short term, the desperate need for operational steam locos led to secondhand ones being bought from Switzerland, two new classes from Sweden, and numerous ex WD ‘Austerity’ locomotives sent over at the end of the war stayed in service until 1958. All these classes are to be seen on this DVD.
For all of the steam era, there was a strong link between the Dutch Railways and British manufacturers, and many of the locomotives or designs seen in this film came from the UK.
Extras include printable historical notes on Dutch Railways, and a railway map in PDF format, and many archive photographs. The film may be played with the stereo sound on, but no commentary, and may be viewed by chapter.