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Rail Connection Nijmegen-Kleve. The track, then and now Once upon a time there was …….. Cöln-Crefelder Eisenbahn Gesellschaft (CCE). Shunt Köln - Kleve. 15.November 1855 Köln – Neuss 26.Januari 1856 extended until Krefeld 23. Augustus 1866 shifted via Krefeld-Oppum

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Rail connection nijmegen kleve
Rail Connection Nijmegen-Kleve

The track, then and now

Once upon a time there was ……..

Cöln-Crefelder Eisenbahn Gesellschaft


Shunt k ln kleve
Shunt Köln - Kleve

  • 15.November 1855 Köln – Neuss

  • 26.Januari 1856 extended until Krefeld

  • 23. Augustus 1866 shifted via Krefeld-Oppum

  • 11.November 1859 taking over by the Rheinische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft (REG)

  • 1.Maart 1863 extended until Kleve

Nijmeegsch spoorwegcomit
Nijmeegsch Spoorwegcomité

  • 1860 start of the lobby by citizens of Nijmegen

  • 1863 creation Nijmeegsche Spoorwegmaatschappij (NSM)

  • 1865 opening railroad Nijmegen – Kleve

  • 8 augustus 1865 Nijmegen connected on the German network of railways

  • 1879 Nijmegen connected on the Dutch network of railways

  • 1884 monument in honour of the realization of the 1e railway connection with Kleve

Continuation time bar
Continuation time bar

  • 1879 transfer station in Nijmegen

  • 1886 exploitation by Prussian Railway Companies

  • 1.Juli 1886 Haarlem-IJmuidense Railway Company (HIJSM)

  • 1909 Station Cleve Tiergarten opened because of the visit of Kaiser Wilhelm II

  • 1911 railway road is double track

  • 1911 – 1960 tram between Kleve and Beek

  • 1918 – 1925 train station ‘t Heilig Land

  • 1934 station closing Groesbeek (then 57 years without possibility for passenger traffic in Groesbeek)

  • 1945 destroyed railway bridge at Rhenen is not restored

  • 1961 closing down the second track


  • 1978 closure all stations except Nijmegen,Kranenburg and Kleve

  • 1988 last D-train on this route

  • 2.Juni 1991 closure of the route for passenger transport

  • 1999 overallclosure

Latest developments
Latest developments

  • Early 2000s lobby for HSL-station(High Speed Line) Arnhem

  • Present and interested in shunt to Nijmegen-Kleve were:

    Schiphol, NS, Pro-Rail

    Provinces N-Holland, Utrecht en Gelderland

    Cities Amsterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem, Nijmegen en Kleve

    Kreis Kleve, Bundesland Nordrhein-Westfalen

    Chambers of Commerce

    StadsregioArnhem-Nijmegen (in that time KAN)

    Weeze, DB etc.

Continuation developments
Continuation developments

  • Political questions SP Party Province Gld

  • Activities Association for Innovative (rail) Transport(VIEV)

  • Lobby Airport Weeze

  • 2.Februari 2005 motion Nijmegen „Glad I ride with the train to Cleves“ (at that time no support in Germany)

  • 2007 decision until further research by Stadsregio (city region).

  • April 2008 Start Draisinen, tourist attraction with ‘fietslorry's’ (success!) and…..

  • ….Council decision Municipality Groesbeek against reactivation of the railway.

Developments public transport
Developments public transport

  • Competition railway-companies

  • European re-discovering other public transport possibilities (quicktrams, lightrails, tramtrains, bustrains, freighttrams etc.)

  • Introduction sustainable public transport

Public opinion in groesbeek
Public opinion in Groesbeek?

  • Stüppkesmarkt (flea market) Kranenburg

  • On this market one could vote for or against rail activation. There were many people from Groesbeek of which there were many joining the voting,80% of which for the re-activation.

  • Approach by citizens

  • There are more and more citizens who approach us with the question why the Council of Groesbeek is now actually against rail activation!

  • Railway information night

  • GroenLinks organised that night at 19-04-2010 and we had a lot of visitors (including our Nijmeegse and German neighbours) and most of them were positif interested.

State of affairs in the council
State of affairs in the Council

  • Parties VVD, VOLG, GroenLinks and SP vote for re-activation (8 votes)

  • PvdA have their doubts (3 votes)

  • CDA, GVP vote against re-activation (7 votes)

  • The mayor is absolutely against re-activation but is leaving at the 1.of april this year.

  • The Council is now writing a Vision 2025 for Groesbeek and go for the development of the tourism. In that context they see more and more the importance of a good railway-network, also in relation with sustainibility.


  • Enthusiastic started, bled to death, not only the railroad but also the tourism (using more and more cars)

  • New situation, new conditions

  • We need economic impulses (tourism, health, sports, conferences etc.)

  • Need sustainable developments (using less cars)

  • In 2004 at a symposium in Groesbeek Drs.Arnold Boer (EuroparcFederationTreasurer) said:

    „Thereisnothingwhat I heardorhaveseentoday, or I know an area in Europe wheretheyhaveit in the same wayorevenbetter, but thereisnoareawheretheyhaveit all together: Youhavegold in yourhands!!“

  • Syntropheropensthewayfor a tram-train connectionwhichcanquickly bring tourists, shoppingpeople, studentsetc in thecountryand in thecentres.


  • My motto is:

  • You only have a future when you build one!