Rijndam 2020

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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;

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Rijndam 2020
General info

Rijndam 2020
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Sjoerd Ydema
Traction power supply:
Third rail (in the city centre and Museum Shuttle) and Overhead wire (in the Suburbs)
Contains 6 lines, an Airport shuttle, a Museum Shuttle, and three tramlines
MetroSim Version Required:
N/A (Built-in)
Network information


There are 6 main lines, a short museumline, two tramlines, and a small line operated by the Airport authority:

  • Line M1: Molenwijk - Panbos
  • Line M2: Centraal Station - Monument
  • Line M3: Centraal Station - Rijnland Ziekenhuis (Hospital)
  • Line M4: Transferium Rijndijk - Rijndam Airport
  • Line M5: Transferium Rijndijk - Denia
  • Line M6: Station Blaak - Tropicana
  • Line M7: Rijndam Megastores - Noorderpoort
  • Museumline: Noordvliet - Transport Museum
  • Airport Shuttleservice: Airport Terminal 4 - P10 Longterm Parking
  • Line T1: Station Buitenvelden - Centraal Station (tram)
  • Line T2: Station Buitenvelden - Statenpolder (tram)
  • Line T3: Transferium Rijndijk - Denia (tram)


The network has several depots:

  • Depot Molenwijk
  • Depot Bergenseweg
  • Depot Rijndam Airport
  • Depot Station Blaak
  • Depot Transferium Rijndijk (stabling tracks)
  • Depot Megastores (stabling tracks)
  • Depot Denia
  • Depot Airportshuttle
  • Depot Buitenvelden (tram)

Train-Protection Systems

ATB on line M1 (MLW-NBP), M2, M3, M4, M6, M7, the museumline, Airport Shuttleservice, and T1/T2 tram lines.

ZUB on line M1 (NBP-PNB), M5/T3 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 and from ATB to ZUB train protection.
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 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.

Destination codes:
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.

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 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).
As with line M1, the section outside of the city after Noorderpoort uses a converted railway line. It used to have overhead wires and ZUB train protection, but (in 2020) the line was converted to 3rd rail and ATB in order to facilitate to use of rolling stock without pantograph on line M4.
Line M4 has its own depot at the airport, using the site of a former underground cargo terminal.

Destination codes:
A - Rijndam Airport
P - Noorderpoort
I - Centraal Station via Burcht
T - Transferium Rijndijk

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 in 2018. 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. When M4 took over the Transferium branch from line M2 in 2020, this was not changed. At Transferium Rijndijk, cross platform interchange is provided between line M4 and M5.

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.

In Metrosimulator 3.14, line M5 is being converted for tram use, and re-branded line T3. However; the stations will have temporary high platforms, so mixed operation of metro (M5) and tram (T3) will be possible. Custom made activities containing line M5 will keep working, as long as they reference the default "Rijndam2020.ctd" (which will contain the necessary updates to keep line M5 working).
Destination codes:
T - Transferium Rijndijk
D - Denia

Line M6

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.
Destination codes:
B - Station Blaak
T - Tropicana

Line M7

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.

Destination codes:
L - Rijndam Megastores
P - Noorderpoort


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.
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, equipped with ATB train protection. The platforms are shorter then those on the Rijndam metro network; only 60 meters.
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.

In 2020, the line has been refitted for the Michelin rubber tired system, and received rolling stock, the MCV 9100 MP and MCV 9200 MP AT, replacing the second-hand SG2 units from the Rijndam metro network which have been in use thus far.

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


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.
The tram network has serveral elements you can find in real life tramlines; streetlevel running, separate tracks in the middle or on the side of the road, single track sections, and a signalized underground section.

Tramline T1

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.

Destination codes:
C - Centraal Station
D - Dagobertlaan
H - Garenmarkt
Y - Station Buitenvelden
Z - Depot Buitenvelden

Tramline T2

Tramline T2 runs between Ketelplein and Statenpolder. Transfer to and from the metro network is possible at Ketelplein, Ambachtslaan, Brielselaan and station Rijndam Blaak.
The platforms along line T2 have been build at 60 meters to enable coupled KTM31 trams in service. On line T1, 3xKTM23 is the longest possible formation.

Destination codes:
B - Station Blaak
D - Dagobertlaan
K - Ketelplein
S - Statenpolder
Y - Station Buitenvelden
Z - Depot Buitenvelden

Tramline T3

Tramline T3 runs between Transferium Rijndijk and Denia, replacing line M5. Transfer to and from the metro network is possible at Transferium Rijndijk. The platforms along this line are build at 80 meters to enable coupled KTM Citylink trams in service. As this line keeps it's ZUB train protection system, only the KTM Citylink can run on this line. For this line, platforms along the route are lowered to tram height, and at the Transferium Rijndijk terminus, separate tram platforms are added.

For activities using this line (instead of metro exploitation as line M5) will need to reference "Rijndam2020_TD.ctd" ("TD" standing for "Tram Denia"), as this CTD file will direct incoming trains from Denia to the tram platforms at Transferium Rijndijk instead of to the metro platforms.

Destination codes:
T - Transferium Rijndijk
D - Denia

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).

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

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 Megastores

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

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

Depot Buitenvelden is the Rijndam tram depot. It is located near the Station Buitenvelden terminus of tramline T1 and T2. The depot contains 1 maintenance track and 6 stabling tracks.


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 Molenwijk trainstation to Noordvliet, via Rijndam Central station, Rijndam Westplein and Rijndam Buitenvelden, and from Rijndam Molenwijk trainstation to Rijndam south.
Tickets from the metro network are also valid on the Railway Sprinter service.


-> 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 Rijndam2020.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.

Destination codes:
M - Rijndam Molenwijk
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.)