Apr 10, 2023 at 3:12 PMUpdate: 38 minutes ago
The recovery of the passenger train that derailed in Voorschoten last week due to a collision with a construction crane, started on Monday. Railway manager ProRail cannot yet say how long it will take before the train is removed.
Hoisting and transport company Mammoet will remove the heavily damaged train equipment using a special construction. The train section that was still partly on the track is lifted up and then drives to The Hague Mariahoeve station.
ProRail places new wheel sets under the tilted train set so that it can be driven away. The trainsets together weigh about 1 million kilograms, says a ProRail spokesperson.
A temporary road has been constructed across the meadow next to the railway. The two train sets that had ended up in the meadow next to the track are being transported over that road.
Mammoet is not sure whether that will be completely successful on Monday. That depends on the weather. ProRail and Mammoet say that the work will continue on Tuesday.
Until April 18, no trains between The Hague and Leiden
Last Tuesday, a freight train and an intercity of the Dutch Railways collided with a construction crane. The passenger train derailed and partially ended up in the meadow. The crane operator, an employee of construction company BAM, was killed in the accident. About thirty people were injured.
The last wagons of the freight train were already removed last Thursday. After removing the last train sections, ProRail will start repairing the broken overhead line and cables, the track and the platform of Voorschoten station.
There will be no trains between The Hague and Leiden until at least April 18. According to ProRail, that time is needed to completely clear and repair the track at Voorschoten.