- I was in the Netherlands in December, and had a very good time. People rightfully rhapsodize about the country’s bicycle- and pedestrian-friendliness and well-developed rail transport network. However, the country’s official railway map does that annoying thing where it’s less a useful guide for going from Point A to Point B and more of a brag about how extensive the network is.
- In addition, the country doesn’t number its railway services, instead identifying them by final destination, which can be an adventure when that’s what your station isn’t. What I’m saying is I got on the wrong train from the airport and had to use the Metro to backtrack, which was fun.
- There is an unofficial Spoorkaart for 2018, which is generally quite good, albeit somewhat disorganized. I saw quite a few places where they had to squash and stretch the route lines so it could fit in their finite canvas. So basically my main goal here was straightening out and organizing the Spoorkaart a bit more.
- I also don’t think I’ve ever seen a map where the railways around Amsterdam are shown as a square.
- I threw in a line numbering system, because the Dutch railway network sorely needs one.
- Also included are the rapid transit systems in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague, and Utrecht, because with the Rotterdam Metro taking over the Hoek van Holland Line and offering an alternate service between Rotterdam and the Hague, it seemed necessary.