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Efteling’s steam trains going green with switch to electric energy

As Efteling makes moves towards carbon neutrality, the theme park operator has announced that its popular coal-powered trains are set to make the switch to electric energy




Efteling’s steam trains have been powered by coal for more than 55 years   Credit: Efteling

With Efteling planning to become carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon positive by 2032, the operator has announced that its popular steam trains - powered by coal for more than 55 years - are set to switch to electric energy.

According to Efteling, the trains will retain their appearance, with only the method of power modified. To maintain the feel of a traditional engine, effects such as steam will be added.

The electric trains will be supplied by British narrow gauge specialists Alan Keef Ltd, which also built Efteling’s fourth and final locomotive in 1991.

“It really is a special undertaking, where we can put our extensive experience in electrifying trains to good use,” said Patrick Keef, managing director at Alan Keef.

“Of course, we will undertake this with a keen awareness of the historical value and uniqueness of the steam trains. And ensuring that whatever we remove is preserved for its historical value.”

Efteling’s first electric train will be introduced during its Winter Efteling event later this year. The 3.5km (2.2mi) track has played host to locomotives Aagje, built in 1911, Moortje, built in 1907, Neefje built in 1914, and Trijntje, built 1991. Neefje was retired in 2001 and now sits on the Sint Nicolaasplaets opposite the park’s Marerijk Station.


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Efteling’s steam trains going green with switch to electric energy

As Efteling makes moves towards carbon neutrality, the theme park operator has announced that its popular coal-powered trains are set to make the switch to electric energy




Efteling’s steam trains have been powered by coal for more than 55 years   Credit: Efteling

With Efteling planning to become carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon positive by 2032, the operator has announced that its popular steam trains - powered by coal for more than 55 years - are set to switch to electric energy.

According to Efteling, the trains will retain their appearance, with only the method of power modified. To maintain the feel of a traditional engine, effects such as steam will be added.

The electric trains will be supplied by British narrow gauge specialists Alan Keef Ltd, which also built Efteling’s fourth and final locomotive in 1991.

“It really is a special undertaking, where we can put our extensive experience in electrifying trains to good use,” said Patrick Keef, managing director at Alan Keef.

“Of course, we will undertake this with a keen awareness of the historical value and uniqueness of the steam trains. And ensuring that whatever we remove is preserved for its historical value.”

Efteling’s first electric train will be introduced during its Winter Efteling event later this year. The 3.5km (2.2mi) track has played host to locomotives Aagje, built in 1911, Moortje, built in 1907, Neefje built in 1914, and Trijntje, built 1991. Neefje was retired in 2001 and now sits on the Sint Nicolaasplaets opposite the park’s Marerijk Station.


 



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