Wednesday, September 22, 2010

the Iron Rhine ...

... map of the Meinweg National Park ...

... the railway track, which is now known as the historic track,
was laid down in the so-called Iron Rhine treaty of 1873 ...
... protest of the local population to the reactivation
of the Iron Rhine through 'De Meinweg' ...
... overgrown tracks at the Netherlands side ...
 ... Dalheim railway station in the German town of Wegberg
 close to the border to the Netherlands ...
... part of the historic Iron Rhine, connecting the port 
of Antwerp to the German Ruhr (Mönchengladbach) ...
... vintage German semaphore signal ...
... Rurhtalbahn/RegioSprinter - Train: Regional Bahn 39 - 20953
(local passenger train)
... Schwalm-Nette-Bahn ...
7:59 - Arsbeck 8:01 - Wegberg 8:06
MG-Gennhausen 8:09 - MG-Rheindalen 8:11
Rheydt Hbf 8:20 - Mönchengladbach 8:25

The Iron Rhine or Steel Rhine ... (EN)
(Dutch: IJzeren Rijn / German: Eiserner Rhein)
 ... In 1868, construction of the Iron Rhine started, and in 1879,
 the first trains used the railway.
Initially, traffic was dense
  and frequent,
but it decreased over time ...
... between Roermond and the German border,
traffic has fully ceased since 1991 ...   
... after a series of failed negotiations, the Belgian and Dutch
governments agreed to take the issue to the Permanent
Court of Arbitration  and respect its ruling in the case.
In its ruling of May 24, 2005, the court acknowledged
both the Belgian rights under the cessation treaty of 1839
and the Dutch concerns for the nature reserve.
The 1839 treaty still applies, the court found, giving
Belgium the right to use and modernize the Iron Rhine.
However, it has to finance the modernisation of the line,
while the Netherlands have to fund the repairs and
maintenance of the route. Both countries will split the costs
of the construction of a tunnel beneath the nature reserve ...

...the Iron Rhine would reopen some time after 2015 ...