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 seven versions of the Rijndam network;
Traction power supply:
Third rail (in the city centre and Museum Shuttle) and Overhead wire (in the Suburbs)
Rijndam metro network in 2006. Contains 4 lines and a Museum Shuttle. M2 and M3 run on Sneltram sections
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There are 4 main lines, an airport shuttleservice, and a small museumline:
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. Last year, 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.
From Noorderpoort to Panbos, line M1 runs under ZUB train protection. For this the RSG2 rolling stock is used; passengers need to change at Noorderpoort.
Line M2 runs underground from Central Station to Westpoort. After Westpoort, the line continues above ground to Station Westplein and Monument. At Station Westplein, metro's switch to Sneltram mode for the last part to Monument.
Metro's on line M2 in the direction Central Station will switch to line M3 upon arriving.
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.
Metro's on line M3 in the direction Central Station will switch to line M2 upon arriving.
Line M4 connects the city with Rijndam Airport. It starts at Noorderpoort, and runs above ground to Rijndam Airport. Shortly before reaching the aiport, 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).
As with line M1, the section outside of the city uses a converted railway line, with power supply by overhead whires (the switch from 3rd rail to overhead whires is done after the line surfaces leaving Noorderpoort) and ZUB train protection. Near the tunnel entrance, a small portion of the former connection to the old site of the Noorderpoort Train station can still be seen.
Line M4 has its depot at the airport, using the site of a former underground cargo terminal.
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 ATB 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.
It is a single track line, electrified with 3rd rail, and equipped with ATB train protection. The platforms are shorter then those on the Rijndam metro network; only 60 meters, long enough for two SG2 units. The line has it's own depot, located near the stop "P40 Parking". At the stop Airport Control, metro's from the opposite direction can be passed.
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, a 4-track maintenance facility, a track for testing trains, and a mainline railway connection for receiving or sending cargo.
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 closed off from the main railway line, and 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. It is the only fully underground depot on the network.
Railwaylines signals and security
The railway lines in the Rijndam network are equiped with Dutch railway signals and ATB-EG security.
The signs along the tracks are mostly the same as the signs used on the metro network, but there are a few differences. For example, the numbers on the blue stopsigns are in carriages of train length instead of the number of trainsets (a two-part train will stop at stopsign 2 on the railway network, where a MG2/SG2 metro will stop at stopsign 1 on the metro network).
The following signals are being used to provide information on track clearance and speed limits;
The signals are backed up by ATB-EG security, controlling the maximum speed on the line. The signals are relayed to the trains by using the tracks to create a series of electromagnetic pulses, which are recognised by the equipment on board the trains. The ATB-EG system controlls the maximum speeds 40, 60, 80 and 130 km/h.
However, the main rule remains "when more then one speed indication is given, the most restrictive one must be followed". So when signs along the track tell you the maximum speed is 100 km/h, and the ATB tells you 130, then you must keep to 100 km/h.
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 Central Station to Rijndam Buitenvelden, and from Rijndam Central Station to Denia.
Tickets from the metro network are also valid on the Railway Sprinter service.