The Netherlands is divided into 12 provinces. The two most populated provinces are Noord Holland and Zuid Holland, translating into North and South Holland. People often refer to the country as "Holland", but really that name applies only these two most populated provinces, in the western part of the country.
Covered here are the train operations at the largest stations in the Netherlands, including track numbers and services typically departing from each track. Included are links to Google Maps for each station. Maps are labeled with the track numbers at the station, along with markings identifying the direction of the various lines.
Many stations in the Netherlands have an innovative design, where many tracks are divided into "a" and "b" sections along the platform. Typically between two tracks serving platforms, there might be a third middle track, and crossovers connecting the middle track with the platform tracks at the halfway point along the platforms. This will enable a train to run around a train stopped along one half of the platform, and serve the other half of the platform on the same track. And other variations exist in splitting the tracks and platforms. This feature is not always used with regular operating patterns, some services use the entire length of the platform.
All tracks are numbered, including middle bypass tracks and express tracks not serving station platforms. Although only the platform track numbers are publicized, with other track numbers perceived by the public as skipped.
The quality of Google satellite imagery varies, and not all tracks are clearly visible. Some stations have large train sheds obscuring some trackage, including crossovers halfway along the platforms.
Typical track numbering and usage is described for each station. Information is based on timetables effective for the year 2018, and is subject to change.
Nederlandse Spoorwegen - official NS Web site, English is available.
Sporenplan Online - fan web site including track diagrams of NS and other European railways. English is not always available, but the track diagrams can generally be understood without knowing Dutch. The information from that web site was valuable in understanding the layouts of the stations, including track numbers.
Also listed with each city, are connecting bus services. Along with streetcars (trams) in the largest cities. Public transportation is available to nearly all parts of the Netherlands. At the bus company web sites, maps and timetables can generally be downloaded as PDF files. And direct links are usually included to the pages where these files can be downloaded. In many cases, bus timetables in an entire region are available in one convenient booklet, often with a few hundred pages. Some of these web pages are organized by province, the Netherlands is divided into 12 provinces. These web sites are basically in Dutch, although a knowledge of Dutch is not always needed to read the maps and timetables. English is sometimes available, but not always for all web pages. The Google Chrome web browser does include the capability of translating a web page.
Amsterdam-Haarlem-Leiden-Den Haag-Rotterdam-Roosendaal-Antwerpen (Belgium)
Alphen a/d Rijn
Main lines are electrified at 1500 volts DC. NS continues to operate most electrified lines, while most diesel operated lines have been outsourced to different companies. On the Google Maps linked from these pages, the markings identifying the directions for lines are blue for electrified lines and red for diesel operated lines.
Portions of this web site are "bilingual", with Dutch and English. Including general directions of through main line trains.
These web sites with information on stations are in Dutch, but tips are included on how to most easily make sense of the information. Also, the Google Chrome web browser includes the capability of translating a web page.
The "spoorlijnen" link is most useful, which goes to a list of lines. Clicking on a line goes to a list of stations and kilometer measurements, with the opening and closing (sluiting) dates, and the original company (maatschappij). And clicking on a station goes to a collection of photos.
At the center of the home page, one can click on an Alphabetic register or a Chronological register (the Dutch words are similar) of stations. Which include the construction year (Bouwjaar).