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Our big day out on Saturday up north started fairly early. As we proceeded from Rotterdam the train some of us were on (three units of Koplopers making up 10 carriages) was getting more and more full. We presumed it was the usual city exodus to coast for the weekend, but we discovered there was a music and arts festival on near Harlingen. Arriving into Leeuwarden, we were greeted by a three piece 'oompah' band on the platform playing as they wandered up and down (pity the poor chap lugging the sousaphone around - those things are heavy!). Gary and I extricated ourselves from the throng and ventured to start checking off the Arriva units in the station. Didn't recognise many of the songs the band was playing, but after a while the sousaphone did an intro which prompted both of us to say "Pink Panther" - and it we were treated to a quite brilliant rendition. The rest of our group arrived a little later. We saw round all that was running from Leeuwarden so we made our way across to Groningen for the afternoon. Popping out from here to the end of a new branch at Veendam and back, we had a look over the bridge at Groningen into the depot and identified everything we could there. We concluded that we had seen every Arriva unit in the north of the country, which was pretty good going. Back in Utrecht then, we returned to the Chinese restaurant for our last night meal, before retiring back to our hotel in Rotterdam.

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Groningen
301 Groningen 11Jun16 Steve Ollive
  Built in 2006 Stadler Spurt (GTW2/8) Articulated DMUs are seen all around Europe. Arriva 301 with cab surrounds of the Dutch and German flags is stabled at Groningen. The Wieder Line connects Groningen in the Netherlands with Lier in Germany, although trains cannot currently reach Lier after a canal bridge was badly damaged by a barge in 2015. Photograph taken on Saturday 11th June.Steve Ollive

Veendam
station Veendam 11Jun16 Steve Ollive
  Although the line from Groningen to Veendam has reopened, the original station building is beyond the end of the current line. The station is however still active, being the headquarters of STAR who operate a 26Km line to Musselkanal. Photograph taken on Saturday 11th June.Steve Ollive

Veendam
310 Veendam 11Jun16 Richard Morris
  Built in 2006 Stadler Spurt (GTW2/8) Articulated DMUs are seen all around Europe. Arriva 310 is seen at the recently reopened Veendam station with a train for Groningen. Photograph taken on Saturday 11th June.Richard Morris

Veendam
310 Veendam 11Jun16 Malcolm Hammond
  Built in 2006 Stadler Spurt (GTW2/8) Articulated DMUs are seen all around Europe. Arriva 310 is seen at the recently reopened Veendam station with a train for Groningen. Photograph taken on Saturday 11th June.Malcolm Hammond

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