Stories of Dordrecht (No. 14): Dordrecht on the Trail


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More than thirty years after the opening of the first railway line from Amsterdam to Haarlem, Dordrecht was connected to the railway network. On 31 October 1872, the Rotterdam-Dordrecht-Breda line was put into operation.

The city will get a station that matches its position as a junction in the railway network, a so-called Waterstaatsstation first class. There are only two of this type - the other station is in Zwolle.

On the initiative of Dordt notables, the city was also connected in 1885 to the Merwe- en Waal railway line, later known as the 'Betuwe line'.