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Nederlandse Spoorwegen

national rail operator of the Netherlands

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (English: Dutch Railways) or NS is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. NS provides rail services on the Dutch main rail network. The rail infrastructure is maintained by network manager ProRail, which was split off from NS in 2003. Freight services, formerly operated by NS Cargo, merged with the DB Schenker group in 2000.

N.V Nederlandse Spoorwegen
IndustryRail transport
When it was created1938
HeadquartersUtrecht, Netherlands
Things madeRail transport, rail construction, services
Money earnedIncrease 4.9 billion (2015)
Net incomeIncrease €212 million (2016)[1]
Employees34,000 (2015)
Abellio Greater Anglia
Serco-Abellio 50%
Merseyrail 50%
VIRM6 double deck electric train.

NS runs 4,800 scheduled domestic trains a day, serving 1.1 million passengers.[2] In addition, NS provides international rail services from Abellio which runs Abellio Greater Anglia, Merseyrail and ScotRail in the United Kingdom.


  1. "Geconsolideerd overzicht van het totaalresultaat 2016". (in Dutch). Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  2. "Annual report 2010". Nederlandse Spoorwegen. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-07-18.