The year 2017 will be dedicated to the celebration of the “50 th Anniversary Museum Buurtspoorweg”. Spread over the year there are various events where you may experience as a visitor five decades of Museum Buurtspoorweg, as well as the history of the light railways.
September 9, 10
BGL Open Monument Days “farmers, citizens and country folks”.
Evening train: 80 years after the last passenger traffic on the old G.O.L.S. line.
Autumn Steam Gala: “50 jaar Museum Buurtspoorweg”.
Museum Buurtspoorweg hopes to welcome a few guest engines which may support the celebrations both in Spring and in Autumn. These guests are the engines which have a historic link with the railway from Haaksbergen to Boekelo and the former connecting railways.
NS 7742 “Bello”
Steam locomotive NS 7742 was delivered in 1914 by the Schwartzkopff company in Berlin to the then Hollandse IJzeren Spoorwegmaatschappij (HIJSM). After having served as a locomotive for local (light) trains in the North of the Province of North Holland and the Haarlemmermeer the engine arrived in the Twente region. She was often employed on local trains between for example Ruurlo, Haaksbergen, Boekelo and Enschede or Hengelo. In 1932 the engine finally moved to Alkmaar. She served there until the closure in 1955 of the line from Alkmaar to Bergen aan Zee, which was well frequented by beach holiday makers.
The ringing of the bell during the passage of village centres gave many local trains and trams in our country the nickname “Bello”. This also happened to the engines on the line to Bergen aan Zee. Of the many Bello’s which there have been in our country, only loc NS 7742 has remained. As a commemoration to “Bello”, locomotive 7742 was plinthed in the village centre of Bergen.The engine stood there until 1978, when the machine was donated to the Museum steam tram Hoorn-Medemblik, where the locomotive was restored until 1985 into running condition.
Since then the beautiful engine is in service between Hoorn and Medemblik. In 2013 and 2014 she receieved a general overhaul, enabling her to keep steaming for many years to come.