Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Butterfly Effect

The train bridge in Zutphen, quickly rebuilt after WWII after the Allied Forces bombarded it to disrupt train traffic in occupied Holland, is so low that it has to open almost twice every hour to let ships pass the moment the water level of the River IJssel rises a little as it does every spring and autumn. As a result, the train traffic schedule in almost all of Holland was influenced by this bridge until they changed the schedule recently to chance all long distance trains into a series of short distance trains. If the bridge in Zutphen was open a couple of seconds too long, it meant a 10 minutes delay in Leeuwarden or Rosendaal.

After the reorganisation of the train schedule, the trains have less delays, but you'll be later at your destination as a result and you've spent a lot more time on a windy platform as a bonus. How about that for customer oriented thinking ^_^;;

Camera: Pentax MZ-3, lens: Sigma 28-300mm - 1:3.5-6.3