Rijndam 2018

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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;

Rijndam 2018

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Rijndam Metro Airport Shuttleservice.png

General info

Rijndam 2018
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Sjoerd Ydema
Traction power supply:
Third rail (in the city centre and Museum Shuttle) and Overhead wire (in the Suburbs)
Rijndam 2018; two years after Rijndam 2016, line M2 is extended to Transferium Rijndijk, and a short line M5 was added. The network contains 5 main lines, a Museum Shuttle and an Airport Shuttleservice.
M2, M3 and M5 run on Sneltram sections
MetroSim Version Required:
N/A (Built-in)
Network information


There are 5 main lines, a short museumline, and a small line operated by the Airport authority:

  • Line M1: Molenwijk - Panbos
  • Line M2: Transferium Rijndijk - Monument
  • Line M3: Centraal Station - Rijnland Ziekenhuis (Hospital)
  • Line M4: Centraal Station - Rijndam Airport
  • Line M5: Transferium Rijndijk - Denia
  • Museumline: Noordvliet - Transport Museum]]
  • Airport Shuttleservice: Airport Terminal 4 - P10 Longterm Parking


The network has several depots:

  • Depot Molenwijk
  • Depot Bergenseweg
  • Depot Rijndam Airport
  • Depot Transferium Rijndijk (stabling tracks)
  • Depot Denia
  • Depot Airportshuttle

Train-Protection Systems

ATB on line M1 (MLW-NDP), M2, M3, M4 (RCS-NDP), the museumline and the Airport Shuttleservice.

ZUB on line M1 (NDP-PNB), M4 (NDP-RDA), M5 and the museumline.

Train usage

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Line M1

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.
Power on this section is supplied by overhead whires; at Nobelplein, line M1 metro's switch from 3rd rail to overhead power supply. The railway section has ZUB train protection; the switch from ATB to ZUB is done at Noorderpoort.
Between Noordvliet and Panbos, the line runs on a single track.

Destination codes:
M - Molenwijk
C - Centraal Station
P - Noorderpoort
V - Noordvliet
B - Panbos

Line M2

Line M2 runs above ground from Transferium Rijndijk to Koning Willem I and from Brielselaan to Monument. Between Koning Willem I and Brielselaan, line M2 runs underground. At Station Westplein, metro's switch to Sneltram mode for the last part to Monument.
The basic frequency (since Rijndam 2016) has been raised from 6 trains an hour to 8 trains an hour.

Destination codes:
T - Transferium Rijndijk
G - Centraal Station via Nationale Opera
S - Station Westplein
O - Monument

Line M3

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.

After Rijndam 2016, with the introduction of the line M2 extension to Transferium Rijndijk, the route of line M3 has changed. line M3 now runs to Central Station via Nationale Opera (along the same route as line M2). This way, the basic frequency on both line M2 and M3 could be raised from 6 trains per hour to 8 trans per hour, without this casing problems on line M1 (which still runs a 10-minute interval due to its single track section).

Destination codes:
G - Centraal Station via Nationale Opera
C - Centraal Station via Garenmarkt (not used in normal service)
S - Station Westplein
R - Rijnland Ziekenhuis (Hospital)

Line M4

Line M4 connects the city with Rijndam Airport. It runs underground from Central Station to Noorderpoort, and then continues 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 own depot at the airport, using the site of a former underground cargo terminal.
Trains on line M4 start at the airport, run to Central Station via Garenmarkt, and back to the airport via Nationale Opera; a counter-clockwise loop trough the city centre. This is done in order to give all stations on the city centre ring a direct connection to and from the airport.

Since Rijndam 2016, the inhabitants of 's Gravendijk have made a petition to re-open their station. 's Gravendijk is now a regular stop on line M4.

Destination codes:
C - Centraal Station
P - Noorderpoort
A - Rijndam Airport
L - Rijndam Airport (used for Airport -> CS -> Airport)

Line M5

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. The railway connection was severed, but its remains are still present.
Due to its local layout (single track, shorter 90m platforms, and lower maximum speeds) it was decided not to extend line M2 further (as that would mean reducing the maximum train length on line M2), but to run it as a separate line. At Transferium Rijndijk, cross platform interchange is provided between line M2 and M5.
During rush hours, line M5 runs extended services to Central Station, providing travelers with a direct connection, and adding to the services on line M2.

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.

Destination codes:
T - Transferium Rijndijk
D - Denia
C - Centraal Station (rush hours)


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 (ZUB was added to allow the RSG2 train to be used on the museumline).

Destination codes:
V - Noordvliet
W - Transport museum

Airport Shuttleservice

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 several stations metro's from the opposite direction can be passed.

Destination codes:
F - Airport Terminal 4
Q - P40 Parking
U - P10 Longterm Parking

Other locations


Depot Molenwijk

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).

In order to add an extra source of revenue, the Rijndam Electrical Transport company has build a few sidings which can be used by the national railways. Also, the mechanics of the Molenwijk depot maintenance facility can provide small maintanance on the railway rolling stock.

Depot Bergenseweg

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. It is the only fully underground depot on the network.

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 Denia

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 tracks, each long enough for a 60 meter long metro.

Track layout

The image below shows the track layout as it appears in the CVL screen. Click on the image for a larger version.

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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;


  • Green:                 Proceed at local maximum speed.
  • Green flashing:  Proceed at a maximum of 40 km/h. If the number 6 is displayed below the light, proceed at 60 km/h.
  • Yellow + 4:         Slow down to 40 km/h. The next signal will not be red, but you must have slowed to 40 km/h before passing it.
  • Yellow + 6:         Slow down to 60 km/h. The next signal will not be red, but you must have slowed to 60 km/h before passing it.
  • Yellow:               Slow down to 40 km/h and be prepared to stop at the next signal.
  • Yellow flashing: Drive on sight; you are entering a track which is already occupied (or outside the controlled area). Pass at a maximum of 40 km/h, and be prepared to stop at any time.
  • Red:                   Stop.

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 Noordvliet, via Rijndam Westplein and Rijndam Buitenvelden.
In the past, train services used to end at Rijndam Buitenvelden, but due to the increasing passenger numbers and new suburban area's being build, it was decided that an extra rail connection along the northern edge of Rijndam was needed to releave some of the pressure on the metro network. The train service was extended from Rijndam Buitenvelden to Noordvliet, where passengers can interchange with line M1 on the metro network.
Tickets from the metro network are also valid on the Railway Sprinter service.

Due to the large turning time at Rijndam Centraal Station, the city council wants to extend the Railway Sprinter service from Rijndam Central Station to Molenwijk, as this would be possible without the need for extra rolling stock. Funding for this new station has been found, and the new railway station "Rijndam Molenwijk", next to Molenwijk on the metro network, is expected to open in 2020.


-> 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.

-> The freighttrain runs between Molenwijk and Buitenvelden, using destinationcode "N" in activities. Allowing the freighttrain to run in explore mode (it is automatically placed in the network) requires loading the Rijndam2018.CTD file, and setting a train code with destination "N" (like "9911NN"). At the beginning of the simulation, the freighttrain can be found at the Buitenvelden turning loop with train code F10001.

-> In Rijndam 2018, the railway between Rijndam Central Station and Rijndam Zuid (south) is not used by regular AI-traffic. If you want to race the HSM, you can do this here. Start your train at spawnpoints at tracks 4-6 at Rijndam Central Station (RDC4-6), load a CTD, and set a train code with destination "N" (like "9921NN"). Destination N at tracks 4-6 (for the CS-Zuid loop) does not interfere with destination N at tracks 1-3 (for the freighttrain Molenwijk-Buitenvelden loop)

Destination codes:
M - Rijndam Molenwijk (railway depot, passengers allowed until CS)
Z - Rijndam Molenwijk (railway depot, no passengers)
C - Rijndam Central Station
S - Rijndam Westplein
Y - Rijndam Zuid
V - Noordvliet
N - Freight train loop (Molenwijk - CS (track 1-3) - Buitenvelden v.v.)
N - Secundairy loop (Central Station (track 4-6) - Rijndam Zuid v.v.)


There is a small error in the M1 'Drive Left' activity (Beta 3.11 release). This error causes the ZUB signal at the end of Noorderpoort track 1 to stay red. Under the link below, you can find the solution: