Rijndam Railways 2022

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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 Railways 2022

General info


Sjoerd Ydema
2 Rijndam Rail lines, 8 NS services and 1 museumline
Traction power supply:
Overhead wire (and 3rd rail in the museumline)
Railways-only version of the original Rijndam 2022
MetroSim Version Required:
Network information


There are 8 main NS services, 2 RijndamRail lines and a short museumline:

Train-Protection Systems
  • ATB-EG
  • ETCS
  • ATB/ZUB on the museumline.


Sprinter Services


  • An intercity service is introduced between Rijndam Centraal Station and Rijndam Airport, via a new railway line. This is a nonstop service offering a faster connection to the airport then line M4 can provide (the line was inspired by the Heathrow Express connection, which exists as an alternative to the Picadilly subwayline in London). The service uses the Dutch Railways 1700-series locomotives and intercity carriages.
  • The metergauge branchline to Denia, known from Rijndam 2006, has been build back as a timeline-deviation. In this situation, the line never joined the Rijndam metro and tram networks, and is still a metergauge railway. However, to allow trains going through to Rijndam Centraal, the line has been converted to dual gauge, and at Rijndam Centraal, a seventh platform track has been added.

Rijndam Rail

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 Ypenburg.

Tickets from the metro network are also valid on the Railway Sprinter service.


  • A local service from Zeeburg to a seaside station of Hondwijk aan Zee.
  • A local service from Zeeburg to Zeeburgh Haven.

Intercity Services

  • A local Rijndam to Zeeburg route has been added, via the stations Vierdijk, Hemlo and Groenburg.
  • A route between Rijndam Centraal and Zeeburg, with an optional stop at Ypenburg. This route is for use by the TRAXX locomotive (with intercity carriages), which is in use by the Dutch Railways for intercity services using the High Speed Line (HSL, Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Breda-Belgium). So between Ypenburg and Zeeburg, an HSL has been build, using ETCS Level 1 train protection. You can use either the TRAXX locomotive (up to 160 km/h) or the HSM (up to 200 km/h) on the HSL.
  • A third route is an extension of the original HSL service to the Essim Tunnel Terminal via a channel tunnel (based on the France to England railway tunnel). This tunnel also provides shuttletrains between car-terminals on both ends of the tunnel.


The Museumline serves the metro transport museum which is located at the Wagenmakerstraat in Noordvliet. The line uses an old freight branch off the Rijndam - Panbos line. At the end of the line, 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.

Version 1.3: A meter gauge line has been added to 's Gravendijk, under Spanish signalling, for use by the FGV diesel train. Also, the connection to Noordvliet is dual gauge (1435mm and 1000mm) in this version.

Destination codes:

  • V – Noordvliet
  • W – Transport museum
  • G – 's Gravendijk (meter gauge only)
Other locations


Depot Molenwijk

Depot Molenwijk is the main depot on the network. It is situated near the Rijndam Molenwijk station. It has three sidings for railway rolling stock, used by NS and RijndamRail train services. The mechanics at Depot Molenwijk can also provide small maintenance for railway rolling stock.

The depot also 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). These sidings are out of service in this version of Rijndam.

Depot Bergenseweg

Depot Bergenseweg is a former freightyard near Bergenseweg metro station, connected to the railway line and to the out-of-service 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. As the metro network is not using it, NS and RijndamRail trains can be stored there.

Depot Denia

Depot Denia, at the end of the Denia branch, contains 2 dual-gauge tracks which are connected to the first platform track at station Denia.

Depot Buitenvelden

Depot Buitenvelden is the Rijndam tram depot. It is out of service in this version of Rijndam.


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".


  • As no railway passenger rolling stock was available in Metrosimulator at the railway construction, the Railway Sprinter service used modified 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.
  • At Lierdijk, the primary platform is at railway height for the Sprinter service. On the other side of the track, a simple tram-height platform is provided for incidental use by trams going to and from Rijndam Zuid.