Rijndam is a fictional city in Dutch style (made by Sjoerd Ydema), located along the river Rhine, with a metro network inspired by several different Dutch and non-Dutch metro networks.
There are six versions of the Rijndam network;
Rijndam 2022 - Full version
Rijndam 2022 - 'light' version
Traction power supply:
Third rail (in the city centre and Museum Shuttle) and Overhead wire (in the Suburbs)
Contains 7 lines, an Airport shuttle, a Museum Shuttle, and three tramlines.
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There are 7 main lines, a short museumline, two tramlines, and a small line operated by the Airport authority:
The network has several depots:
Line M1 runs above ground from Molenwijk to Simvlietlaan and from Nobelplein to Panbos. Between Simvlietlaan and Nobelplein, line M1 runs underground.
The section from Nobelplein to Panbos was once a local railwayline, starting at a station at Rijndam Noorderpoort. A few years ago, the Rijndam city council has decided to connect this railway to the metro network. This was done to eliminate the need for passenger interchange, to increase the frequency of services on the line, and to allow for the demolition and redevelopment of the site of the former train station.
Line M2 runs underground from Central Station to Westpoort. After Westpoort, the line continues above ground to Station Westplein. At Station Westplein, metro's switch to Sneltram mode for the last part to Monument.
Line M3 runs underground from Central Station to Westpoort. After Westpoort, the line continues above ground to Station Westplein and Rijnland Ziekenhuis (Hospital). At Station Westplein, metro's switch to Sneltram mode for the last part to Rijnland Hospital.
Line M4 connects the city with Rijndam Airport. It runs above ground from Transferium Rijndijk to Koning Willem I, then underground to Noorderpoort, and then continues above ground to Rijndam Airport. Shortly before reaching the airport, the line returns underground, to terminate under the Airport terminal building containing terminals 1,2 and 3 (passengers for Terminal 4 can change here for a shuttle service).
Line M5 runs entirely above ground from Transferium Rijndijk to Denia, a small town south of Rijndam. It is a short single track line with two intermediate stations (Lierdijk and Westwoud). The line pre-dates the Rijndam metro network as a short railway diesel powered branch, connecting several small towns. It was electrified (overhead whires) and became part of the metro network when line M2 was extended to Transferium Rijndijk in 2018. The railway connection was severed, but its remains are still present.
The terminus "Denia" is inspired on the real terminus station of the city Dénia in Spain, and the end of the narrow gauge diesel railway Benidorm-Denia, which is part of the Alicante lightrail network (as line L9). It features the same track layout as the real station, except it has three platform tracks instead of four, and the surrounding road layout is also resembles (but is not an exact copy of) the real situation around the station.
Line M6 runs mostly underground. Only Janeway Park (named after captain Kathryn Janeway, of the starship USS Voyager) is in the open air, yet not entirely on the surface. At Stadhuis, Burcht and Nationale Opera, passengers can interchange to/from other lines on the metro network. At Station Blaak, passengers can interchange with RijndamRail local train services.
Line M7 is a London Underground tube-style single track line which runs between Rijndam Megastores and Noorderpoort. It was created to be used by the London Underground 1973 stock train, available since Metrosimulator 3.14. The line has it's own smal depot at Rijndam Megsatores, where two 3-car units can be stabled next to each other. Coupling a full-length (6-car) train can not be done inside the depot; this must be done along the station platform.
The metro transport museum is located at the Wagenmakerstraat in Noordvliet, at the end of a old freight branch off the Rijndam - Panbos line. Here, a small depot has been build in order to preserve, maintain and display the historic metro trains. The line connecting the museum to the nearby Noordvliet station (on line M1) has been converted for use by these old metro trains; it has 3rd rail power supply and both ATB and ZUB train protection.
The Airport Shuttleservice is a short line connecting the airport terminals with several parking lots near the airport. It is operated by the Airport Authority, separate from the Rijndam metro network. The line is provided as a free service to passengers. At Rijndam Airport Terminals 1-3 passengers can transfer to/from the Rijndam Metro network, line M4.
In order to be able to make activities for the tramlines, it was needed to install ATB on the entire network (to enable AI-traffic). The use of ATB is not alien to tramlines; the tram systems in The Hague and Amsterdam also use ATB-like systems in tunnel sections for extra security. This does mean you have to keep some distance to the tram in front of you if you are traveling closely together; S-signs have been placed along the track to identify the ATB block borders, where you have to wait if the ATB goves you the "10-absoluut" signal. In the tramtunnel, at the start of the lines, and for entering single track sections, the ATB system is backed up with red/green light signals.
Tramline T1 runs between Station Rijndam Buitenvelden and Rijndam Central Station. Transfer to and from the metro network is possible at Brielselaan, Garenmarkt and Central Station.
As the Central Station terminus does not have a turning loop, only bidirectional rolling stock can function on this line. This in turn enables the use of platforms on the left side of the track (in the running direction), as the trams have doors on both sides.
Tramline T2 runs between Ketelplein and Statenpolder. Transfer to and from the metro network is possible at Ketelplein, Ambachtslaan, Brielselaan and station Rijndam Blaak.
Tramline T3 runs between Garenmarkt and Denia. Transfer to and from the metro network is possible at Garenmarkt, Station Blaak, Westwoud and Denia.
The platforms along this line are build at 80 meters to enable coupled KTM Citylink trams in service. As this line requires the ZUB train protection system between Kanaalstraat and Denia, only the KTM Citylink can run on this line.
Depot Molenwijk is the main depot on the network. It is situated near the terminus Molenwijk at line M1. It has 13 sidings for stabling up to 100 SG3-type metro trains, and a 6-track maintenance facility (a new building has replaced the old one from Rijndam 1985/2016).
The depot also has three sidings for railway rolling stock, used by the RijndamRail train services. The mechanics at Depot Molenwijk can also provide small maintenance for railway rolling stock.
Depot Bergenseweg is a former freightyard near Bergenseweg metro station, connected to the metro network at Station Westplein. After the national railway company abandoned it, it has been converted for use by the Rijndam metro network (power supply by overhead whires). Three tracks have been converted to serve as stabling facility for metro trains. The other tracks are not electrified and are available for stabling track maintenance rolling stock and/or out-of-service metro trains. There is also a short section of track leading to the docks at the Rhine river.
Depot Rijndam Airport
Depot Rijndam Airport uses the site of a former underground cargo terminal. It has 4 tracks, with capacity for up to 16 SG3-type metro trains.
Depot Station Blaak
Depot Station Blaak is located at the start of line M6, just outside of the station. It has 4 tracks, with capacity for up to 16 SG3-type metro trains.
Depot Transferium Rijndijk
Depot Transferium Rijndijk consists of 2 stabling tracks directly behind the Transferium Rijndijk terminus. It is used to stable the first 2 trains (on line M2) out of this station of the day.
Depot Rijndam Megastores consists of 2 stabling tracks directly behind the Megastores terminus. It is used to stable two 3-car units for line M7.
Depot Denia, at the end of line M5, contains 2 tracks which are connected to the first platform track at station Denia. Each track is long enough for two SG3 units.
Depot Airport Shuttle
The depot for the Airport Shuttleservice is located near the stop P40 Parkinglot. It has 4 stabling tracks and 1 maintenance track, each long enough for a 60 meter long metro.
Depot Buitenvelden is the Rijndam tram depot. It is located near the Station Buitenvelden terminus along tramline T1 and T2. The depot contains 1 maintenance track and 10 stabling tracks.
Railwaylines signals and security
The railway lines in the Rijndam network are equiped with Dutch railway signals and ATB-EG security.
The metro rolling stock will display (and enforce) the highest speed they can at or below the speed they receive from the ATB-EG; for example, if the ATB-EG sends out "130 km/h", the SG3 rolling stock will display "100", and the Bursa 5200's will display "80".
Railway Sprinter service
The Railway Sprinter service (also known as "Rijndam Rail") runs from Rijndam Molenwijk trainstation to Noordvliet, via Rijndam Central station, Rijndam Westplein and Rijndam Buitenvelden, and from Rijndam Molenwijk trainstation to Rijndam south.
-> As no railway passenger rolling stock is available in Metrosimulator, the Railway Sprinter service makes use of specially adapted SG3 rolling stock; the (fictional) RijndamRail SG4. An RijndamRail SG4 has the same length as a two-part train (types SGM / Plan V) of the Dutch Railways; in the simulation, stop a single SG4 at stopsign "2" at the railwaystations.