Deventer–Almelo railway

The Deventer–Almelo railway is an important Dutch railway line, that connects Deventer with Almelo, Netherlands.

Deventer-Almelo railway
Plan T 506 in colmschate.JPG
A NS Mat '64 before arriving at Deventer
TerminiDeventer railway station
Almelo railway station
Opened1 September 1888
Operator(s)Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Line length38.5 km (23.9 mi)
Number of tracksDouble track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification1.5 kV DC
Operating speed130 km/h (81 mph)
Route map
Line from Apeldoorn
Line from Zwolle
0.0 Deventer
Line to Arnhem
3.8 Deventer Colmschate
18.7 Holten
26.1 Rijssen
Line from Zwolle
33.8 Wierden
Line from Mariënberg
38.5 Almelo
Line to Hengelo


The railway was opened by the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Locaalspoorweg-Maatschappij (KNLS) on 1 September 1888, with construction starting in 1887. When the line opened it offered a direct link to Germany via the Almelo-Salzbergen railway. The line was electrified in 1951.


The line leaves Deventer in an easterly direction towards Almelo, shortly after leaving, the Staatslijn A to Zutphen leaves in a southerly direction. The line continues travelling through the countryside and a few towns. At Wierden the line from Zwolle joins on and the line continues. On approaching Almelo the line from Mariënberg also joins. The station arrives at Almelo, where the railway becomes the Almelo-Salzbergen railway continues east.

Train servicesEdit

The Deventer–Almelo railway is used by the following passenger services:

  • International services on the whole line (Schiphol - Berlin)
  • Intercity services on the whole line (Schiphol/The Hague/Rotterdam - Enschede)
  • Stoptrein services on the whole line (Apeldoorn - Enschede)

Train typesEdit

A wide variety of trains can be found regularly on the Almelo-Salzbergen railway:

  • NS Class 1700 on the Schiphol - Berlin service on the whole line
  • NS Koploper on the Schiphol/The Hague/Rotterdam - Enschede on the whole line
  • NS Sprinter on the Apeldoorn - Enschede service on the whole line
  • NS Buffel on the Zwolle - Enschede service between Wierden and Almelo

There are also large numbers of freight trains operating along the line.