Maarse & Kroon 1600

In 1973, the firm Maarse & Kroon in Aalsmeer, added 12 new buses to their fleet. These were Leyland with body of Verheul. The buses were specially for the busy lines between Amstelveen and Amsterdam. But also for other lines.

When Maarse & Kroon and NBM in Zeist merged to one company Centraal Nederland, these buses became the Centraal Nederland(CN) logo.

In the eighties there were withdrawn and bus number 1605 became museum bus. Anno 2019 this bus still is museum bus.


EBS Egged Bus Systems

EBS is a part of the Israelian busgroep Egged Group.  EBS received the concession to transport passengers in the area north of Amsterdam, the so-called Waterland. The concession started on 11 December 2011.

To perform the exploitation EBS purchased the following buses:

25 Scania Omnilink, articulated numbered 1001-1025

47 Scania Higer A30 numbered 3001-3047

103 Scania Ominilink 12.7 meter numbered 4001-4103

36 Scania Omnilink 12 meter numbered 5001-5036

7 Mercedes Benz Sprint City numbered 8001-8007

3 Volkswagen Kutsenits City IL numbered 9001-9003

1 Mercedes Benz Sprinter numbered 9004

The buses 1001-1025, 3001-3047 and 4001-4103 were delivered in the red/grey livery of the R.Net.

All others are delivered in a yellow color.

The buses 3001-3047 are rented out to the touringcar company Oostenrijk and mainly used for the rush hour lines between Waterland and Amsterdam South-east and for the scholar-lines. Some of the buses are in the meantime exported to Poland.

The buses 8001-8007, 9001-9004 are used for the neighbourhood buslines.

EBS 9001 Purmerend Tramplein 20 December 2014

In 2018 the fleet was extened with 10 VDL Citea SLFA 181 Electric articulated buses numbered 1030-1039 and mainly for line 316 between Amsterdam and Edam. In Edam buses can be reloaded.

EBS 1032 Amsterdam Prins Hendrikkade 29 October 2018

EBS ‘gained’ the concession on the island Voorne-Putten, south-west of Rotterdam. As per 9 December 2019 the busservices was taken over from Connexxion.

The following buses were put in service:

10 Scania Citywide CNG14.5 meter numbered 2001-2010

43 Iveco Crossway numbered 5050-5092

8 VDL Midicity numbered 9011-9018

The buses 2001-2006 and 5050-5072 were delivered in the red/grey livery. The others in white livery.

EBS 5067 Spikenisse metro centrum 09 December 2018

And last but not least, as from 25 August 32019 EBS has the concession Haaglanden for a period of 11.5 years.

Haaglanden is the region south-west of The Hague with the cities Hoek van Holland, Naaldwijk and Maassluis. Also is included the city services of Delft and Zoetermeer.

At present Connexxion is operating in this area. Connexxion ‘took’ over from Veolia.  This was including the buses from Veolia. Connexxion never changed the Veolia livery into Connexxion livery. Only the company emblems were changed.

Altough it is known that minimal 116 new buses will come, the numbering is not yet known. The blog will be updated in due time. And of course no pictures yet.

Walking, walking, walking

During the last two days I made two walks. One of 10 and one of almost 14 kilometers.

I left house around 05.30am. And leaving so early on a weekend day, you do not see people but just animals in the low ground fog.

These sheeps were wondering why this guy was so early. even the sun was not out yet! The picture is taken along the railway Haarlem-Amsterdam before going under the A9 highway.

After half an hour the sun was high in the sky. A start of a briliant and warm day. I did my 14km walk in 3 hours and buying on the way home some fresh croissants.

Old Arriva buses in The Netherlands – part 1

Arriva started in The Netherlands with the concession in the North of Holland. Later this was expanded to other provinces/regions. But about the present situation another blog.

This blog handles about the Arriva buses disappeared from the street. IN 2007 I spotted three Volvo-Berkhof buses on the busstation in ‘s Hertogenbosch.

Arriva had like Connexxion also Mercedes integro buses. Here seen in Eindhoven en Tiel and Eindhoven

The Den Oudsten Alliance buses were also in services with Arriva.

And a stranger.

Arriva 1282 Groningen

Please note that all pictures are captured by my camera

Today’s training

Today 2.5 hours and 14.16 kilometers through the dunes. Ascents and descents. Like this is also the learningcurve how to walk what to do and above all how to listen to my body.

I feel that I walk now long distance on the new walking shoes. I need to ‘break’ them good before I start. From today almost 6 weeks before I leave.

On 1st of June by train to Hendaye and than walking over the Saint James bridge to Irun for the first night.

Sunday the 2nd of June is goes on. The first 27.5 kilometer walk to San Sebastian. Between Irun and San Sebastian there are no albergues. This first day is one of the heavies ascents/descents of the total route. And according to the books I read till Bilbao it is quite heavy but than it is more flat(relatively) The cost will be followed till Ribadeo and than inland to Santiago de Compostela.

Resting days are planned in Bilbao, Santillana del Mar(beyond Santander) Gijon and Ribadeo. I hope to arrive on 10th of July in Santiago de Compostela. But if I need extra resting days of course it will be later. At least I do not hope that I need to give up for one reason or another. That is why he trainings are so bloody important.

Training, training, training

On June 1st I plan to leave for Irun in the North op Spain. From there starts my 820 kilometer Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

I was already training for the long walk. But since today on my new walking boots. Completely different way of walking in comparison to what I walked on the other shoes.

I did 13.17 kilometer in almost 3 hours. Including resting/looking around. I learned that I really need to listen to my body as around 2 hours I felt a bit tired. So meaning that I needed to rest for at least 15 minutes.

I borrowed the camelback from my son for the necessary water along the walk. I had to remind myself to take once in a while a zip.

I also found out that I need to use the coming 6 weeks to train good. Also with walking in the close by dunes with its ascents and descents.

For my buspicture/story followers, I must disappoint them. No more actual busstories for te time being.

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In many blogs to come I will also write about the past with own made pictures.

However this picture is found on internet. Here the Zandvoort – Amsterdam – Maastricht intercity leaving the old statio Amsterdam Sloterdijk on its way to the ‘far south

These trains were most of the time, not to say always, towed by a loc from the 1200- serie.

Utrecht also public transport

On Saturday 30 March 2019, there was also time spent on of course public transport. Not just in the city center or at the Central Station, but also in Tolsteeg, next to Rotsoord.

Utrecht city walk

On Saturday 30 March 2019 together with course members I enjoyed a city walk through the innercity of Utrecht. Guide was a ‘local’ from the tourist office. He brought us to places where you normally pass by. In this blog only an impression through pictures.