Contents: The route Cab rides Services Rolling stock what comes with the route? ICMm SGMm DLC NS 1600/1700 with DD-AR coaches ex-NS 6400 DDZ SNG DB Baureihe 189 VIRM Operations Dutch station layouts Safety systems Dutch railway signalling (and shields) Conclusion Pictures A ICMm and SGMm at Enschede.The route First of all, the route. I'm proposing Enschede-Amersfoort CS because it has Intercity, Sprinter/stoptrein (the Dutch name for regional/commuter services) and freight services along it's length. Futhermore it has some interesting operations in and around stations and a lot of diversity when it comes to rolling stock and scenery. Because the Netherlands are relatively small, nearly ever important line has nearly all rolling stock on it, with the ratios differing. And on this route there are nearly equal amounts of ICMm, SNG, SGMm, VIRM(m) and DDZ trains, and still sees/until recently saw, some older and beloved rolling stock like the SGMm and DD-AR + Serie 1700 trains. It is also one of the few routes in the Netherlands with an international Intercity connection (to Berlin, with the Serie 1700 and DB IC coaches), offering even more variety in rolling stock and services. The route doesn't go to the bigger Dutch cities (Amsterdam, Utrecht and such) but goes through scenery a lot of Dutch people will recognise. The route also has a lot of activity on it, having trains going both directions every 15 minutes (of even more), but there is more on that under the 'services' section of this post. The route is about 114 km long, which is long for TSW routes, so maybe only running it Enschede to Apeldoorn (72 km, much more realistic) will be better, but that is up to the dev team. The main reason I reccomend Amersfoort is to connect to other future Dutch routes, Enschede - Apeldoorn would still have full Sprinter services and decent Intercity services. I think it's best to set the route in 2019, because that's the year the Serie 1700 with DD-AR coaches still operated, but the first SNG sets could also be seen. In addition to that the DDZ wasn't temporarily taken out of service yet in 2019. This is therefore the year with the most possible loco variety. Another option would now be 2022, as the DDZ sets have been reintroduced into service. This would however mean that the SGMm is no longer an option, and should be replaced by the SNG as a standard loco. In addition to that the Serie 1700 doesn't operate with DD-AR coaches anymore, only once every two hours with DB Intercity coaches, which would only be justifiable as an add-on if the near identical Serie 1600/1800 is also included for freight services. Cab rides A cabview from Enschede to Amersfoort CS. This one only goes from Deventer to Hengelo, but shows a walkthrough of the serie 1700 and DD-AR double deck coaches. Hengelo to Amersfoort CS, in a VIRM Services I've listed the most important services as of 2020 and which trains run on them, the times at which they run can be found on Wikipedia. great thing about the services, is that with just the ICMm and SGMm or SNG, DTG can put in all services from the start. [IC International] Treinserie 140/240 (every 2 hours): (from Amsterdam Centraal) – Amersfoort Centraal – Deventer – Almelo – Hengelo – (onwards to Bad Bentheim) Rolling stock: Serie 1700 with DB intercity coaches [IC] Treinserie 1600 (every hour): (from Hilversum) – Amersfoort Centraal – Apeldoorn – Deventer – Almelo - Hengelo – Enschede Rolling stock: DDZ, ICMm, VIRM(m) [IC] Treinserie 1700 (every hour): (from Utrecht Centraal) – Amersfoort Centraal – Apeldoorn – Deventer - Almelo – Hengelo – Enschede Rolling stock: DDZ, ICMm, VIRM(m) [Sprinter] Treinserie 7000 (every 30 minutes, every hour in weekends): Apeldoorn* - Apeldoorn Osseveld* - Twello* – Deventer - Deventer Colmschate - Holten - Rijssen - Wierden – Almelo - Almelo de Riet ** - Borne ** - Hengelo** – Enschede Kennispark** - Enschede** Rolling stock: SGMm, SNG, Serie 1700 with DD-AR coaches *Only drives between Apeldoorn and Deventer once an hour after 19.00 **Only drives between Almelo and Enschede during peak traffic hours, terminates at Almelo usually. [Sprinter] Treinserie 7900 (every 30 minutes): (from Nijverdal) - Wierden – Almelo - Almelo de Riet - Borne – Hengelo - Enschede Kennispark – Enschede Rolling stock: Keolis BlauwNet FLIRT 3 EMU's, substituted by SGMm or SNG [IC] Treinserie 17900 (every hour, only mon-fri): (from Nijverdal) - Almelo - Hengelo - Enschede. Rolling Stock: Keolis BlauwNet FLIRT 3 EMUs, substituted by SGMm or SNG [IC] Treinserie 1500 (every hour inbetween peak hours) (from Hilversum) – Amersfoort Centraal – Apeldoorn – Deventer Rolling Stock: DDZ, ICMm, VIRM(m) [IC] Treinserie 2000 (every 30 minutes, only during rush hour on mon-fri) (from Utrecht Centraal) – Amersfoort Centraal – Apeldoorn – Deventer Rolling Stock: DDZ, ICMm, VIRM(m) Notes: From Amersfoort CS to Enschede Treinserie 1700 and 1600 overlap, creating an Intercity service that runs every 30 minutes. Treinserie 7900 and 17900 run with FLIRT 3 trainsets from Keolis under the BlauwNet brand in real life, but these wouldn't be worth it as a DLC, so I'd suggest substituting them with SGMm or SNG sets from NS to keep the route alive south of Almelo during off peak hours. Treinserie 17900 is basically a faster Treinserie 7900 operating on weekdays. Some of the 7900 services that terminate in Enschede change into a 17900 for their way back in the direction of Almelo and Zwolle. Of course, AI could be introduced at multiple places along the line. Most notably Deventer, Amersfoort CS and Hengelo. At Deventer Intercity services from the half hourly Treinserie 3600 could be introduced, at Amersfoort CS multiple Intercity and Sprinter lines could be represented aswell as Valleilijn local services (though inaccurate rolling stock would be needed to represent these, like with the BlauwNet Flirts). At Hengelo perhaps the 20300 to Bielefeld Hbf could be represented, again using inaccurate rolling stock. As shown Treinserie 2000 and 1500 have very irregular service patterens, as they normally don't operate further than Amersfoort CS. Outside of the moments they run all the way to Deventer, they could and should be seen as AI at Amersfoort CS. Rolling Stock: Firstly, two trains that should be included with the route. ICMm The ICMm is a modernised version of the ICM (InterCityMaterieel), nicknamed "koploper". The trains are made up of 3 or 4 cars (it would be nice to have both in game, otherwise I'd prefer 4 car sets) and can be seen troughout the Netherlands on Intercity services. They are the workhorse of the Dutch Railways (NS). They were built from 1983 to 1994 by talbot, and modernised from 2006 to 2011. More info on wikipedia. Check out Purno's suggestion for the ICM(m), it has some more information, pictures and videos. SGMm The SGMm is a modernised version of the SGM (StadsGewestelijk Materieel). They were built between 1975 and 1983 by talbot, and later modernised for 'Sprinter' services. They consist of 2 or 3 cars. What makes them interesting, is their controls, the driver pushes buttons to select the desired speed, and the train will keep that speed. If the driver selects a different speed the train will brake/accelerate accordingly. If the driver brakes, the train deselects speeds, and the driver has to push a button again if he want to speed up. An auxilliary control lever is also available, it functions as a kind of mode selector in which you're able to select: Off, Automatic, Series and Parallel. In Automatic, the driver is able to use the speed select buttons, with Parallel and Series being manual input modes (Parallel mode is disabled on the 2-car consits, as it uses too much power). The brake lever is actually a combination handle in a way. It's notched with brake settings reaching from 1 to 7 + emergency brakes. To drive you need to push the lever one step further forward than free/coasting. So what what you'd do is, you'd put the selector in the mode you wish to drive in, and push the brake lever into drive position to go. There's a little turning knob on the left frontside of the middle table which is basically to regulate how much traction you wish to use currently. The system somewhat like AFB throttle settings on the BR 143, but with buttons. For a long time they made up practically all of the Sprinter services, but they have been retired since the end of 2021, if the route is set later than that the SNG should come as standard instead of this EMU. More info on wikipedia. DLC There is plenty more DLC that could be added for this route. I'd suggest making the 1600/1700 a DLC just after release, like the Class 465 on SEH. The VIRMm is tricky, because if this Dutch route sells well, and DTG would like to do another Dutch route, the VIRMm should probably come as standard with that one, meaning that it becomes a layer for this route, and not a DLC. All in all, depending on whether other Dutch routes get added, there could be a lot of layering possibilities. Serie 1700 (and DB intercity rolling stock or DD AR double deck coaches), and maybe the Serie 1600 for some freight The serie 1700 is an electric locomotive for passenger services. It was built by the french Alstom between 1990 and 1994, and based on French locomotives (which explains the similar appearance). Nowadays they only haul the international train from Amsterdam to Berlin until the border at Bad Bentheim. They haul DB intercity coaches. The serie 1700 also operated with 3 DD-AR (DubbelDeks Aglo-Regio materiaal) double deck coaches (as pictured below) until the end of 2019 on this route (Treinserie 7000), for this they had automatic couplings on one side, the side facing away from the coaches, this was a modular add-on, a bit like the screwlinkg/buckeye couplings on the MK1 coaches in game, so no added moddeling is required to haul IC coaches. On top of that, towards the end of the DD-AR's service life, it was also coupled with 1700s that didn't have automatic couplings, this meant that they couldn't couple to other DD-AR formations, but this was uncommon anyways. The formations were either Bvk-ABv-Bv-locomotive or ABvk-Bv-Bv-locomotive, with the latter being more common. Sometimes (mostly during rush-hours) they operated in coupled sets, though this happened only rarely. They also once drove with 4-car formations (Bvk-Bv-ABv-Bv-locomotive), these could be implemented for added variety. Since the DB intercity coaches will probably be added with the BR 101, I'd suggest making the 1700 and Double deck coaches a DLC, with the ability to haul DB intercity coaches being added if you have the BR 101. Besides all this, the 1700 is capable of hauling freight traffic, although this is more often done by the nearly identical serie 1600. The 1700 (and 1600) mainly does so to and from the systems border at Bad Bentheim on this route, nowadays mostly being operated by private companies. I'd suggest making a pack with the 1600 and 1700, as they are pretty much identical except for two or three small things like the air compressor, this would only make the pack slightly more expensive, as it doesn't require that much more work to model. The 1600 could then run freight services with german freight wagons (car, container and tank wagon transports are a common sight) already in game, as these operate in the Netherlands aswell. A new (liquid gas) tank wagon or container wagon would also be fitting. More info on wikipedia. ex-NS Serie 6400 6408 at the Van Merksteijn factory in 2009, operations like these are still frequent (and seemingly getting even more frequent) in 2021. The NS Serie 6400 is a class of medium diesel locomotives. They were built by MaK for NS, and later transferred to Railion when NS Cargo got sold off. They operate both services on mainlines, usually in double traction, or on secondary lines. To make this fit it would be an option to include a few industrial lines, such as the ones to the Almelo Industrial Area. The main transports are steel coils to and from the Van Merksteijn factory, but because the industrial area also houses a big military vehicle dump, with rail acces, there could also be military tank, IFV and/or truck transports, which I'm sure would interest a lot of players! There are operations with (contaminated) aggregate at the Nijhoff company, also on the industrial area. They can also be used for some shunting duties. Only 6461 is still painted in its original NS yellow and grey livery, most have been painted in DB traffic red. Most have been given a Dutch name. More info on wikipedia. a DB (ex-NS) 600 working with a military transport. These aren't vehicles that are being taken to the dump, but the best picture I could find. The Almelo indutrial area sidings that could be implemented for the NS 6400 DDZ A DDZ (DubbelDekker Zonering) is a modernised DD-AR train. They come in 4 and 6-car variants. From 2011 onwards they were modernised. It is noteworthy that there is only one motorcar, wich has 3 bogies. Their large capacity makes them ideal for rush-hour traffic. They have however temporarily been removed from service between 2020 and 2021 due to severe vibrations being reported by drivers. They were mainly replaced by VIRMm sets during that time, though I believe some (4+3+3) triple ICMm sets are stood in aswell, can't find any other source for it besides my own eyes though. Since the start of 2022 the DDZ had been reintroduced on this route. More info on wikipedia (Dutch). SNG The SNG (Sprinter Nieuwe Generatie) is the most recent addition the the NS's fleet of Sprinter rolling stock. They were built by CAF in Spain from 2017 to 2020, in total over 206 three and four-car sets have been built. The public had a lot of influence on the design, as they were allowed to test different types of chairs and interior setups. The sets also have on-board toilets, which is now mandatory after the SLT that preceeded it, didn't have them, causing the public and staff to complain. These sets were mainly ordered to cope with additional student traffic, but have now togeter with the NS FLIRT 3 sets started to replace the older SGMm sets. On this route the SGMm sets have been fully replaced by the SNG since the fall of 2021, meaning that this is the logical option to include as a standard train instead of DLC if the route is set after this point. More info on Wikipedia. DB baureihe 189 The BR 189 is a German freight locomotive. As the NS no longer has a freight division, most freight operations are operated by DB Schenker. On this route there is a lot of freight coming from Germany towards the port of Rotterdam in the west. These trains are often pulled by the DB BR 189 because it can operate under multiple overhead systems. It was built by Siemens as a further developement of the EuroSprinter platform, with the first loco's being deliverd in 2003. When operating in the Netherlands they are usually painted white at the front. This is to increase visibility, and was done on suggestion of ProRail, the Dutch company that manages the rail infrastructure. . The 189 can for example be seen a lot around the Almelo freight yard, just besides the main station, where it is stabled overnight or picking up freigt (mainly steel coils) from local industries. More info on wikipedia (German) VIRM Lastly the VIRM(m) (Verlengd InterRegioMaterieel) double deck EMU. This train has operated both treinserie 1600 and treinserie 1700, and still does due to the DDZ sets being out of service. They come in 4 or 6 carriage sets. They were built by Talbot between 1994 and 1996, they were lengthened to 4 or 6 car sets in 2000. Like the ICMm 'Koploper', they are an important and easily recognisable element of the Dutch Intercity network. There is also a modernized version of them, which is soon to be the only one left as the last of the old sets are gradually being modernized. This modernized version is denoted by the lower case 'm' after the VIRM stock name. The ones on this route are mostly the non-modernized 6-part VIRM sets from the 4th generation, though all series and lengths can be seen. The VIRM(m) is currently standing in for the out of service DDZ sets, and is therefore way more present on the line as of 2020-2021. More info on wikipedia. Operations Here, I'll talk about interesting operating procedures, signalling and safety systems on the Dutch railway network briefly. This information also applies to other Dutch mainline routes. Dutch station layouts What makes the operations on this line interesting for people that don't necessarily like Dutch trains? Well, besides the very closely packed timetable (the Dutch railways are really filled to their maximal capacity), there is a uniqueness in the way a lot of dutch stations are layed out. Dutch stations often have only 2 platforms, but four tracks with switches in the middle. In the picture below I've tried to illustrate what makes the operations in stations so unique. This is a very common operation on the Dutch Railways, and could add some unique flavor to it, as it means that trains can terminate on the same platform as a through train that is currently loading passengers. This termination can be seen with the Treinserie 7000, which terminates at Almelo at the through platforms during non-peak hours, Treinserie 7900 passes it here via the operations shown above. Safety systems The route is secured by ATBeg. It works by controlling the speed, which is signalled into the cab by electric signals through the rails. The driver then has to follow this speed. A yellow signal means a max speed of 40 km/h. ATB allows you to drive at least 40 km/h and doesn't monitor lower speeds or red signals (stop). The highest speed it allows is 140 km/h. It has some shortcomings, like only allowing travel up to 140 km/h (160 km/h on some ATB+ track sections) and the fact that it lacks a system to stop trains that run red signals, meaning trains can pass a red signal at up to 40 km/h. This has lead to the developement of ATBng and the implementation of ETCS on newer routes, this route only uses ATB eg though. A main advantage is that it uses a continious signal, meaning that it allows drivers a higher speed immediatly when a signal aspect changes, meaning the driver does not have to pass a signal first like with PZB, this allows for a capacity increase. More info on Wikipedia Dutch railway signalling (and shields) I'll not go into depth on this subject, but the Dutch Wikipedia page covers the important signal aspects. 'Bijlage 4' from the 'Regeling Spoorverkeer' lists all possible signal aspects, shields, light signals, sound signals, hand signals, and their meaning. As it is a part of the Dutch law it's quite wordy. I'd be happy to translate either of these sources for DTG if they are required for the developement of a Dutch route . Conclusion This whole suggestion is a little longer then I planned, but I'm happy with all the information I got into is. There are a lot more dutch trains (definitely those of private operators) such as the serie 1600/1800 which is basically a serie 1700 for freight service. I think this route is fun for a lot of people, not just the dutch players as it is very busy, and has a lot of unique rolling stock and operations. The trains I suggested could of course also be used on other Dutch routes through the layering system, as with a lot of German rolling stock. Please do let me know what you think of this route, and what you'd like to know more about. Pictures An ICM in the Almelo railway cutout, just after it's completion in 2009, the temporary track to the left is still visible. A NS1700 with an Intercity to Germany crossing the IJssel at Deventer. Railway Bridge across the Twentekanaal at Almelo The beautiful station roof at Hengelo. A few more stations still have their original roofs, even though the building has often been rebuilt due to the destructions after the war.