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2005, and it is expected that some or all DLC's Antwerp - Born - Duisburg trains will then be re-routed to use it instead of running via Roosendaal.
Until summer 2001 NS worked trains to Aachen Hbf; since then, Euregiobahn (branch of DB Regionalbahn Rheinland) operates the Heerlen - Aachen (- Stolberg) services.
The railway between Antwerp and the Ruhr via Neerpelt (B), Weert (NS), Roermond (NS) and Dalheim (DB), is popularly known as the "Iron Rhine" because it potentially offers an alternative route for freight traffic to that via this major waterway.
Service was temporarily suspended for upgrading the line and was taken up on 15. Initially border-crossing trains were operated by DB Regio, in autumn 2006 Arriva took over operation of all passenger trains.
Since March 2003 the first regular freight-trains since several decades run via this border crossing, as ACTS started a garbage-service between Groningen and Bremen, operated by NWC on the German part.
According to a news item in Le Soir of 17 June 2005, the SNCB hopes that the Iron Rhine can be reopened shortly; for this purpose it has already equipped diesel locos 5507, 5517, 5523, 5526, 55-7790 with in-cab signal repeating equipment of the types used by DB and NS.
Details of the work now in course on renovating the line are given (in Dutch) on Project IJzeren Rijn; the western section Neerpelt - Weert is due to reopen on 1 Oct.
With introduction of coasting through "ICE International"-services almost all passenger trains have been discontinued.