Sperillen Line

The Sperillen Line (Norwegian: Sperillbanen) is an abandoned railway which ran through Ringerike in Viken county, Norway. [1]

Sperillen Line
Finsand 1926 NBR9406-08704.jpg
Finsand 1926
Overview
Native nameSperillbanen
StatusAbandoned
OwnerNorwegian State Railways
Termini
Stations5
Service
TypeRailway
SystemNorwegian railways
Operator(s)Norwegian State Railways
History
Closed1932
Technical
Line length23.91 kilometres (15 mi)
Number of tracksSingle
CharacterPassenger and freight
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
ElectrificationNo
Highest elevation191.0 m asl
Sperillen Line
 
elev (M)
or length (m)
in metres
23.91
Sperillen
(Finsand)
155.6 M
Kongsstrømmen
19.47
Ringmoen
163.6 M
Bråten
Bergsund Tunnel
598 m
Bergsund
Stueberget
43 m
Hvitmyr
13.60
Somma
191.0 M
Somdalen
Tørhard
Juterud
7.52
Hallingby
158.6 M
Grønvold
1927
Grønvoldsmoen
Nordre Hen
Væla
14 m
0,00
Hen Station
1868
156.7 M
elev (M)
or length (m)
in metres
 

The 24 kilometers (15 mi) long line had five stations, starting at Hen Station on the Randsfjord Line and continuing to Lake Sperillen where it connected with a ferry at the port of Finstad. The rail line had additional stations and stops at Hallingby, Somma, and Ringmoen at the south end of Lake Sperillen.[2]

The steam ship DS Bægna had provided ferry and freight transport service from the southern end of Lake Sperillen to Sørum at Sør-Aurdal in Oppland at the northern end. Bægna went in service from her maiden voyage on 13 October 1868 and continued in traffic until 1929, when it was replaced with a motor ship, DS Spirillen. In 1921, Parliament voted to build a railway between the Randsfjord Line and a new port at Finsand on Lake Sperillen to connected for the ferry service. In 1933, passenger service on the rail line was terminated, as was the ferry traffic on Lake Spirillen. Freight trains on the rail line were terminated in 1957. [3]

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