The Hirtshals railway line (Danish: Hirtshalsbanen) is a 17.7 km (11.0 mi) long standard gauge single track railway line between Hjørring and Hirtshals, Denmark. The railway links the fishing and ferry port of Hirtshals with the Danish rail network.
|Rolling stock||Siemens Desiro|
|Opened||18 December 1925|
|Line length||17.7 km (11.0 mi)|
|Number of tracks||1|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in)|
|Operating speed||100 km/h (62 mph) (Hjørring–Tornby)|
75 km/h (47 mph) (Tornby–Hirtshals)
The railway line opened in 1925. It is currently owned and operated by the railway company Nordjyske Jernbaner (NJ) which runs frequent local train services from Hirtshals station to Hjørring station with onward connections from Hjørring to the rest of Denmark.
In 1915, the Danish Parliament agreed to build a new railway line between Hjørring and Aalbæk station on the Skagen Line with a possible branch line from Vellingshøj to Hirtshals. The main line to Aalbæk was never constructed however, but the branch line to Hirtshals was built instead. Construction started in April 1924, and the railway was opened on 18 December the following year.
In 2001, the operating company Hjørring Privatbaner merged with Skagensbanen to form the railway company Nordjyske Jernbaner (NJ). Headquartered in Hjørring, the company is now responsible for running the Hjørring–Hirtshals and Frederikshavn–Skagen lines.
In 2005 the current Siemens Desiro trains, which have a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph), were introduced.
- Hjørring station
- Kvægtorvet halt
- Teglgårdsvej halt
- Herregårdsparken halt
- Vellingshøj station
- Vidstrup station
- Tornby station
- Horne station
- Emmersbæk halt
- Lilleheden halt
- Hirtshals station
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- "Line information (TIB)" (in Danish). Nordjyske Jernbaner. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
- "Nordjyske Jernbaner". Central Business Register (CVR). Retrieved 14 October 2018.
- "Historien bag Nordjyske Jernbaner" (in Danish). Nordjyske Jernbaner. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
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