Kongsvinger Line

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Kongsvinger Line
Overview
Native nameKongsvingerbanen
TypeRailway
SystemNorwegian railway
TerminiLillestrøm Station
Charlottenberg Station
Stations20
Operation
Opened1862
OwnerNorwegian National Rail Administration
Operator(s)Norges Statsbaner
CargoNet
SJ
CharacterCommuter trains
Freight
Rolling stockBM 69
Rc
Regina
Technical
Line length115 km
Number of tracksSingle
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification15 kV  16.7 Hz AC
Route map
Charlottenberg Station
Flag of Sweden.svg Furumoen - Border
Magnor
Valmand
Closed 1990
Vestmarka Line
Skotterud
Stansberg
Closed 1979
Matrand
Vrangselva
Grasmo
Closed 1990
Sandnesberget
Closed 1990
Eidsbrua
Closed 1990
Åbogen
Snarebrua
Gjermshus
Closed 1990
Granli
Closed 1990
Vingersjø
Closed 1944
Solør Line
Kongsvinger Station
Skyrudsåa
Galterud Station
Mellandsåa
Mellandsmo
Closed 1991
Sander Station
Mangbakken
Closed 1991
Mangå
Skarnes Station
Disenå Station
Seterstøa Station
Funnefoss
Closed 1967
Husmo
Closed 1991
Årnes Station
Fjuk
Closed 1942
Velvang
Closed 1991
Brauter
Closed 1991
Bodung Station
Stubberud
Closed 1942
Haugen
Closed 1991
Haga Station
Grøndal
Closed 1942
Auli Station
Rånåsfoss Station
Blaker Station
Fossåa
Urskog–Høland Line
Narrow gauge
Bingsfoss
Closed 1942
Sørumsand Station
Rv172
Østby
Closed 1942
Lystad
Closed 1942
Guttersrud Station
Holter
Closed 1942
Varaa
Closed 1932
Varåa
Svingen Station
Glomma
Fetsund Station
Nerdrum Station
Tuen Station
Trunk Line
Lillestrøm Station

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.

The line[edit]

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.

Stations[edit]

References[edit]

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

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