Favorite thing: In summer of 1887 the railway between Apeldoorn and Dieren was opened officially by king Willem III of Orange, living in Apeldoorn himself. Though the rest of the country far more intresting to built railways, this line was officially built to stimulate the paper-industry that was locally already growing, but also had the nickname to be the personal playing train of the king himself. The name of this line was "Koninklijke Nederlandsche Locaal Spoorweg Maatschappij", (Royal Dutch Local Railway Society). Local's simply called it the "Willem III". The railconnection between Apeldoorn and Dieren (from where transports could be taken over by boats on the river IJssel) was 22 kilometers long and already abondened transport of persons in 1947. Last freight was roling over the rails in 1984.
In 1975 the VSM (Veluwsche Stoom Maatschappij = Veluwe Steam Society) was an initiatif of volunteers that saw the use of the old railway between "Dieren" and "Apeldoorn". Their love for historical train loc's, but also all other equipment, made it possible that today here is a museum of antique railroad machinery of which a part is kept even running in summer season and spring holidays (Easter, Ascension and Whitsuntide). A trip with the VSM steam trains is an ideal way of spending the day with the family. An adventure for both kids as well as parents.
Fondest memory: Ilja gazing at the huge steam locomotives from TV, suddenly being there ... alive and all.