Kongsvinger Line

The Kongsvinger Line (Norwegian: Kongsvingerbanen) is a railway line between the towns of Lillestrøm and Kongsvinger in Norway and onwards to Charlottenberg in Sweden. The railway was opened on 3 October 1862 and is Norway's second standard gauge line (after the Hoved Line). It was electrified in 1951. The line is owned by the Norwegian National Rail Administration.

Kongsvinger Line
Haga stasjon TRS.jpg
Haga Railway Station
Overview
Native nameKongsvingerbanen
OwnerNorwegian National Rail Administration
TerminiLillestrøm Station
Charlottenberg Station
Stations20
Service
TypeRailway
SystemNorwegian railway
Operator(s)Norges Statsbaner
CargoNet
SJ
Rolling stockBM 69
Rc
Regina
History
Opened1862
Technical
Line length115 km
Number of tracksSingle
CharacterCommuter trains
Freight
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Electrification15 kV  16.7 Hz AC
Route map

year
closed
Charlottenberg
Furumoen
Sweden
Norway
border
Magnor
Valmand
1990
Skotterud
Stansberg
1979
Matrand
Vrangselva
Grasmo
1990
Sandnesberget
1990
Eidsbrua
1990
Åbogen
Snarebrua
Gjermshus
1990
Granli
1990
Vingersjø
1944
Kongsvinger
Skyrudsåa
Galterud
Mellandsåa
Mellandsmo
1991
Sander
Mangbakken
1991
Mangå
Skarnes
Disenå
Seterstøa
Funnefoss
1967
Husmo
1991
Årnes
Fjuk
1942
Velvang
1991
Brauter
1991
Bodung
Stubberud
1942
Haugen
1991
Haga
Grøndal
1942
Auli
Rånåsfoss
Blaker
Fossåa
Bingsfoss
1942
Sørumsand
Østby
1942
Lystad
1942
Guttersrud
Holter
1942
Varaa
1932
Varåa
Svingen
Fetsund
Nerdrum
Tuen
Lillestrøm
year
closed

The lineEdit

At Kongsvinger there is a junction, the main line turns south and continues to Charlottenberg in Sweden, while another line, the Solør Line—now closed for passenger traffic—runs northwards to Elverum. The entire stretch between Kongsvinger and Charlottenberg, is 115 km long.

At Sørumsand, an old narrow gauge heritage railway called Tertitten operates during the summer.

Passenger service on the Kongsvinger Line is operated mostly by electric multiple unit commuter trains which run between Oslo and Kongsvinger. Passenger service across the border was once frequent and operated by Linx to Stockholm and Kungspilen to Karlstad. However poor business caused these companies to cease operations after 2004. During 2005 and 2006, passenger service between Oslo and Stockholm still existed, but not on a daily basis.

Passenger service across the border is again frequent. Starting 7 January 2007 the Swedish national rail company SJ reinstated daily traffic on the route, although the train journeys are 90 minutes longer than Linx provided, partly because they stop at several stops in Norway and operate as local trains, allowing commuter tickets.[1] The local traffic authority in Värmland operates trains with a similar traffic pattern between Oslo and Karlstad. They have connection with X 2000 high speed trains between Karlstad and Stockholm. The Swedish trains have between Oslo-Kongsvinger replaced some Norwegian local trains, and the Swedish operators get Norwegian funding, on the condition they operate like local trains in Norway.

StationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Expensive and slow, but clean Archived 2007-01-06 at the Wayback Machine Aftenposten, January 4, 2007 (in Norwegian)

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