The station of Beekbergen first used to be an insignificant stopping place on the line between Apeldoorn and Dieren, though already in the beginning it was here that the "remises" (garages for overnight stay, as well as technical support) of the trains were built. Beekbergen always has been a small village in the shade of much larger Apeldoorn. The isolated surroundings (Veluwe forest) only later became a blessing, when tourism roose in these natural beautiful vicinity. The VSM-railroad took care of additional attractiveness of Beekbergen.
The last 2 years there were gardens open for public. This year it was the same. In the weekend of 12 June 2010 there were 4 gardens (from private owners) open to the publice. The gardens are really beautifull. There is also art in the gardens. Also there was a bit of music (jazzband and accordion player).
I really liked one in particular. It was a huge garden with a pond (waterlily in it and the water was sooo clear, you could see the bottom of the pond), lots of pretty flowers and an arbour in the back of the yard. Really pretty!!
Look around at the Beekbergen station and find out the differences with modern stations. One will immediately jump in the eyes: the huge craneshaped taps that provide the steam loc's cettle with fresh water. Ilja is crazy about them when on TV, but here he was little afraid and definately didn;t want to stand right underneath (supposing that an enormous waterfall might come out any second).
The VSM also takes care of classic wagons, like some Pulitzer and Wagon-Lits cars. They keep things in shape and running, so in the season you and I can enjoy the splendour of the old days by taking a touristic drive around on the now-a-days touristic VSM-railroad.
On the rails surrounding the station of Beekbergen are not only steam locomotives, but also other loc's that descend less far back in history, but still are quite interesting to watch. The collection shows actually a whole image of trains, from the first steam driven to modern electrified engines (though they run on diesel here as the line has never been electrified itself.
At the station terrain there are still the garages (remises) for the steamlocomotives and one should for sure take a look inside. Here a collection of some amazing beauties of the steam age are standing. Large black "steel" horses with shining or oily engines.
In the outskirts of Beekbergen, actually almost in the next best, even smaller village, there is for 3/4 of the year a seemingly abondonned little station. Look can be diseaving and it might happen that suddenly around the corner over the single pair of rails that are laying here, a whistle blows and steam clouds "puf" over the roofs of the houses. Then an old steam locomotive, pulling some classical cars, appears and you are thinking yourself back in time a few hundred years. This is "Beekbergen" station, a trip down memories lane.