Maatschappij tot Exploitatie van Staatsspoorwegen

Infobox Defunct Company
company_name = Maatschappij tot Exploitatie van Staatsspoorwegen
company_
fate = Merged with the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij
successor = Nederlandse Spoorwegen
foundation = 1863
defunct = 1938
location = Utrecht The Netherlands
industry = Rail Transport
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The Maatschappij tot Exploitatie van Staatsspoorwegen or SS ("Company for the Exploitation of the State Railways") was a private railroad founded to exploite the government funded railways. The company existed until 1938, when it formally merged with the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij (HSM) to form the Nederlandse Spoorwegen. The SS was, along with the HSM, the largest railroad in the Netherlands.

In the 19th century, the government constructed a number of railroads to (major) cities and regions not yet served by the other railroads, but for which it was deemed important to connect them to the remainder of the country by means of railroad. These lines were primarily located outside of the relatively densely populated Holland region, where the HSM exploited the main lines. The SS was then founded as a private company to exploit these lines.

In 1890 the SS began to exploit the lines previously run by the defunct Nederlandsche Rhijnspoorweg-Maatschappij, and in 1919 it also began to exploit the lines run by the Nederlandsche Centraal-Spoorweg-Maatschappij.

The company was formally merged with the HSM to form the Nederlandse Spoorwegen in 1938, although independ operations had stopped earlier.


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