Another rural area in The Netherlands can be found in the east of the country, the
so called Achterhoek
. In this area only two non-electrified
railway lines are left: Arnhem - Winterswijk and Zutphen - Winterswijk.
Already in NS time, interchange between modes of public transport was considered
very important in this area. There was a common fare system for train and bus,
and short interchange times were introduced when changing from train to bus or
In May 1999 the local bus operator Syntus took over the operation of passenger
trains in the area. New light-rail diesel trainsets were ordered, but up to
completion of delivery also hired NS diesel trainsets are used. Syntus also
operates trains on one (unconnected) line for bus operator Connexxion. In
December 2003 Syntus also started operation on a new line that was taken over
from NSR. The lines operated by Syntus are:
- Arnhem - Zevenaar - Doetinchem - Winterswijk
- Zutphen - Winterswijk
- Zutphen - Hengelo - Oldenzaal (since December 2003)
- Arnhem - Tiel (since April 2005)
- Almelo - Mariënberg (for Connexxion)
The service on Arnhem - Winterswijk consists of two trains an hour, operated by
new LINT DMUs and leased class DM'90. The half-hourly service between Zutphen
and Winterswijk is operated by LINT DMUs, as is the service on Zutphen-Oldenzaal.
The hourly service on Almelo - Mariënberg (with additional rush hour trains)
is operated on behalf of Connexxion with "Veenxxpress" diesel motor cars class
DH-I/3100, with a Syntus LINT DMU used on rush-hour trains.
In April 2005 Syntus took over another line from NSR, from Arnhem to Tiel.
Website of Syntus: www.syntus.nl
Rolling Stock of Syntus B.V.