Inside the warmth of DM3 1210’s cab, Driver Lennart Antonsson talks to the controller before starting his load of iron iron on its journey through the Arctic mountains and fjords to the port of Narvik in Norway. The venerable DM3’s coupled wheelsets set up a rocking movement like a steam locomotive so the contol panel is attached to the driver’s air cushion seat and moves independently of the locomotive. All made for a fascinating cab ride in Nov 2007.
"The Flåm line in Norway has a magnific scenery. In this video you see the trains in this landscape in the summer of 2011."
(The Flåm Line (Norwegian: Flåmsbana) is a 20.2-kilometer (12.6 mi) long railway line between Myrdal and Flåm in Aurland, Norway. A branch line of the Bergen Line, it runs through the valley of Flåmsdalen and connects the mainline with Sognefjord. The line’s elevation difference is 863 meters (2,831 ft); it has ten stations, twenty tunnels and one bridge. The maximum gradient is 5.5 percent (1:18). Because of its steep gradient and picturesque nature, the Flåm Line is now almost exclusively a tourist service and has become the third-most visited tourist attraction in Norway.
Construction of the line started in 1924, with the line opening in 1940. It allowed the district of Sogn access to Bergen and Oslo via the Bergen Line. Electric traction was taken into use in 1944; at first El 9 locomotives were used, and from 1982 El 11. Until 1991, the train connected with a ferry service from Flåm to Gudvangen. In 1992, freight services were terminated, and due to low ticket prices and high operating costs, the line was nearly closed. In 1998, Flåm Utvikling took over marketing and ticket sale for the line, prices were heavily increased and El 17 locomotives were introduced. The trains remain operated by the Norwegian State Railways (NSB), while the line itself is owned and operated by the Norwegian National Rail Administration.)
I got a request to see some trains and railroads from Norway, so here it is!
A quick bit of research shows that Norway is mostly electrified, standard-gauge (4 feet, 8.5 inch) railroad, with about 2,500 miles of track. Norway’s only outside railroad connection is with Sweden, which shares the same gauge, signals, and loading.
I found this pretty cool blog post by Tom Murray on Trains.Com, detailing some of his travels and exploring by rail in Norway and Sweden. I can’t say I know a whole lot about railroading in that particular region, but there’s a great collection of pictures that go with this article, and I highly recomend checking it out. (You do NOT need to be a member to read the article.)