A new page has been added to the Guide of Haarlem about its train station and the first trains. Click here to read the full article.
The first railway in the Netherlands opened in 1839 between Haarlem and Amsterdam. Trains were the planes of the 19th century. It was unheard of how fast one could travel from one town to another. The first train had two locomotives called Snelheid (“Speed”) and Arend (“Eagle”). They could reach 90 km/hr but had an average speed of 40 km/hr. It took 25 minutes to get from Amsterdam to Haarlem on the first trip.