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Tuesday we stayed put in Rotterdam to go out to the docks yard area. Having been caught a number of years back with a frighteningly long walk from a tram stop to the yard area where the locomotives are held, wisdom this time found us on a tram which got us a whole lot closer, leaving a comparatively short walk. Having viewed the yards we spent some time up on a road bridge overlooking the yard complex watching trains come and go. We found the foot and cycle path part of the bridge was a little bit rickety, particularly when the locals went over it on their mopeds at some speed.

During the morning another group headed up the Euromast, a 1960 built 610ft high observation tower which has a platform all round towards the top giving some pretty stunning views across the city.

After lunch we ventured off to Dordrecht to see what was about there. Finding some more Arriva units and, to much fanfare (from me anyway), DB Nederlandse Cargo Mak built Cl.6400 trip locomotive 6520 ambled into the station. A number of this 120 strong class have been stored out of use, or withdrawn, so I had no idea whether my last one was still with us or not, hence the reason I got a bit excited when the dear old thing appeared.

Dinner, this evening, was taken at a delightful restaurant just across the road from the station in Dordrecht. We'd spotted it from the platforms and thought it would be worth investigating.

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Rotterdam Europort
Rotterdam Europort Rotterdam Europort 07Jun16 Andy Davies
  view of Rotterdam Europort viewed from Rotterdam EuroMast. Photograph taken on Tuesday 7th June.Andy Davies

Rotterdam Europort
Rotterdam Europort 07Jun16 Andy Davies
  view of barge approaching lock gates viewed from Rotterdam EuroMast. Photograph taken on Tuesday 7th June.Andy Davies

Waalhaven
189-096 Waalhaven 07Jun16 Malcolm Hammond
  Siemens multi-voltage freight locomotive type ES 64-F4 number 189-096 was originally bought by DB but later sold to MRCE and hired to SBB Cargo is seen passing one of the many freightliner terminals in the Rotterdam docks complex close to Waalhaven. Photograph taken on Tuesday 7th June.Malcolm Hammond

Dordrecht
6520 Dordrecht 07Jun16 Richard Morris
  Built by MAK in 1994, the class 6400s have been the mainstay of shunting and diesel hauled freight in the Netherlands for 20 year. Now operated by DB Schenker 6520 is seen at Dordrecht. Photograph taken on Tuesday 7th June.Richard Morris

Dordrecht
189-052 Dordrecht 07Jun16 Steve Ollive
  Siemens type ES 64 F4 multi-voltage locomotive 189-052 is owned by DB Cargo and passed to work in Germany and the Netherlands, seen passing Dordrecht on a mixed freight service for Rotterdam docks. The train is using the "old road" as the Betuweroute was closed. Photograph taken on Tuesday 7th June.Steve Ollive

Dordrecht
2803 Dordrecht 07Jun16 Steve Ollive
  Bombardier TRAXX type MS2e multi-voltage locomotive E 186-125 is owned by leasing company Macquarie and leased to SNCB, seen passing Dordrecht on a Benelux Inter-City service from Bruxelles Midi to Amsterdam Centraal. Photograph taken on Tuesday 7th June.Steve Ollive

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