Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 10:41
Amsterdam Central Station turns 125 years old
To celebrate Amsterdam Central Station's 125th birthday, the first electric train - Ouwe Blokkendoos - will make a number of trips between the Central Station and Haarlem. Trips on the Ouwe Blokkendoos is not the only activity. The NS Harmony will perform in the main hall. And this evening there will be lounge chairs in the hall, so that visitors can view the ceiling in peace. The building of Amsterdam Central Station started in 1882. Architect Pierre Cuypers was commissioned with the design. When Amsterdam Central opened on October 15th 1889, the Dutch railway was exactly 50 years old. At that time the city possessed two separate railway lines, each with its own station. On the opening day the first train departed at 07:45 am and arrived in Rotterdam at 10:30 am. Currently about 168 thousand people pass through Amsterdam Central Station on a weekday.