The Dutch Railway Museum Between Two Stools

Oct 08, 2010, 02:29 ET from Spoorwegmuseum

UTRECHT, Netherlands, October 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, October 13, the exhibition 'Railroad across the Sea' will start in The Railway Museum in Utrecht. The exhibition is about the 'boat-train connection' between the Netherlands and Great Britain. Based on the personal stories of travelers, 'Railroad across the Sea' tells the history of travelling by train and boat from Hoek van Holland and Vlissingen from 1875 until now.

'Railroad across the Sea' runs from October 13, 2010 through March 13, 2011.

Because of partnerships between shipping and train companies a combined boat-train connection between the Netherlands and Great Britain arose in the 19th century. Travelers could book for train and boat from every station in the Netherlands, which made the trip easier and less time-consuming. The exhibition 'Railroad across the Sea' in the Dutch Railway Museum shows how this boat-train connection has developed since 1875. The exhibition begins at the travel agency where flyers, old advertisements and timetables bring the visitor back in time. The ship's master of the first ship to leave in 1875 stands on the platform, showing the personal log books of travelers who once made the trip. By way of the customs the visitor arrives at the bow of a life-size ship where photographs, models, flyers and collectors' items elucidate several themes including tourism, emigration, disasters at sea and children's transport. These themes paint a picture of the feasts of the boat-train connection, but also show how the connections had to endure lots of hardship economically.

With regard to 'Railroad across the Sea' the Dutch Railway Museum collaborates with the National Railway Museum in York and the Jan Lels Lifeboat Museum in Hoek van Holland. Under the name of 'Once upon a tide' an exhibition started in York about the boat-train connection from Great Britain to the Netherlands and beyond. The exhibition in The Railway Museum is about the reverse route from the Netherlands towards England.

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There will be a press preview on Tuesday, October 12 at 11 am about the exhibition with the curator Jos Zijlstra and the coordinator of exhibitions Evelien Pieterse. The exhibition will be opened to public as from Wednesday, October 13.

The exhibition has been effected thanks to a contribution of Abellio.

SOURCE Spoorwegmuseum