Zwolle–Almelo railway

The Zwolle–Almelo railway is a regional railway line, that connects Zwolle with Almelo, Netherlands.

Zwolle-Almelo railway
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Overview
StatusOperational
LocaleNetherlands
TerminiZwolle railway station
Almelo railway station
Stations6
Operation
Opened1 January 1881
Operator(s)Zwolle - Almelo: Keolis Nederland
Wierden - Almelo: Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Technical
Line length44.8 km (27.8 mi)
Number of tracksZwolle - Wierden: Single track
Wierden - Almelo: Double track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification1.5 kV DC
Zwolle - Wierden: 2016-2017
Wierden - Almelo: 1951
Operating speedZwolle - Wierden: 140 km/h (87 mph)
Wierden - Almelo: 130 km/h (81 mph)
Route map
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line from Amersfoort
line from Kampen
0.0 Zwolle
lines to Emmen/Meppel
12.4 Heino
18.0 Raalte
31.6 Nijverdal
line from Deventer
40.0 Wierden
line from Mariënberg
45.0 Almelo
line to Hengelo

HistoryEdit

The railway was part of the third national construction period of railways in the Netherlands. This last phase of railway construction saw mostly the appearance of local and regional railways. With the Zwolle–Almelo railway, Zwolle and the northernmost provinces were offered a direct link to the Almelo-Salzbergen railway.

RouteEdit

The railway leaves Zwolle in southeastern direction and continues in a straight line to the town of Raalte. There it curves towards Nijverdal, where the railway continues underground for 1500 meters, as part of the Salland-Twente tunnel. It then continues to Wierden, where it merges with the Deventer-Almelo railway and continues to Almelo.

Train servicesEdit

The entire length of the railway is served Sprinter services between Zwolle and Enschede, calling at every station. Since 10 December 2017 an express train runs between Enschede and Raalte, which is intended to continue to Zwolle after track upgrades.

The section between Wierden and Almelo is additionally served by Sprinter services on the Deventer-Almelo railway. IC services to and from Deventer do run on section between Wierden and Almelo, but as these do not stop at Wierden they are not usable for passengers on this stretch.

Train TypesEdit

NS Before electrification, the NS Buffel was the only train type to be found on the Zwolle–Wierden part of the line. Since 10 December 2017 these have been replaced by electric FLIRT3 trainsets operated by Keolis Nederland. Between Wierden and Almelo DD-AR and SGMm trains operate in Sprinter services and ICMm and VIRM can be seen using the line