Briskeby Line

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Briskeby Line
Type Tramway
System Oslo Tramway
Locale Oslo, Norway
Termini Jernbanetorget
Services 19 
Opening 1894
Owner Kollektivtransportproduksjon
Operator(s) Oslo Sporvognsdrift
Rolling stock SL79
No. of tracks Double
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 750 V DC
Operating speed 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph)
Route map
Briskeby Line
Oslo Tramway Museum
Majorstuen T icon.png1894 Frogner Line
Schultz' gateto Majorstuen
Schultz' gateto city center
Rosenborgto city center
Rosenborgto Majorstuen
to Stortorvet
Riddervolds plass
Skøyen Line
Ullevål Hageby Line via Frederiks gate (planned)
Nationaltheatret Sinnbild Eisenbahn.svg T icon.png
Rosenkrantz' gate from Rådhusplassen to Fagerborg (closed)
balloon loop Wessels plass
Wessels plass
Vika Line from Aker Brygge
Ullevål Hageby Line
Kongens gate
Kongens gate
Grünerløkka–Torshov Line and Sinsen Line (Storgata)
Dronningens gate
Dronningens gate from Vippetangen to Stortorvet (closed)
Jernbanetorget1894 Sinnbild Eisenbahn.svg T icon.png
Ekeberg Line via Dronning Eufemias gate (planned)
Nygata (closed)
Gamleby Line

The Briskeby Line (Norwegian: Briskebylinjen) is a section of the Oslo Tramway which runs between Jernbanetorget, through the neighborhoods of Briskeby and Uranienborg, before arriving at Majorstuen. The section is served by line 19 (Majorstuen-Briskeby-Nationaltheateret-Jernbanetorget-Ljabru).

In passenger numbers, the Briskeby Line is the smallest line of the entire tram network, with 1,500 daily embarkations along the Briskeby stretch according to a 2004 report.[1]


The line was opened by Kristiania Elektriske Sporvei (Blåtrikken or the "Blue Tram"). This was the first electric tram line in Scandinavia.[2] The first speeding ticket ever issued in Norway was given to a tram driver on this line the same year, who had exceeded the speed limit of 18 km/h.[3]

In 1910, when the different tram lines received numbers, the Briskeby line was assigned number 1.[2]

The Briskeby Line was among the lines Oslo Sporveier proposed eliminating and replacing with a bus service in 2002 to save money. The prospect of losing the tram sparked a petition to keep the tram.[4] An extra funding of NOK 25 million from the city saved the line.[5]

Conditions and future proposals[edit]

The tracks of the Briskeby line were in 2006 reported to be in critically bad condition, due to inadequate maintenance and funding. This called the continued existence of the line into question.[6]

One option under serious consideration is moving the last section of the line a few blocks west, from the current Inkognitogaten to Skovveien.[1][7] Cited advantages of such a move is the possibility of connecting the Briskeby Line to the Vika Line, increased speed, and a shorter walking distance for more passengers. The current track in Inkognitogaten also features the tightest curve (16,7 m radius) of the whole tram network, which prevent the use of the larger SL95 trams and limit the future purchase of new tram vehicles.[8]

Moving the line into Skovveien has drawn opposition from some residents and businesses. Opponents of the move cite increased noise, and the removal of parking space if the road is to accommodate tram tracks.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b Forprosjekt Briskebytrikken-Skovveien (Norwegian)
  2. ^ a b Timeline of the Oslo rail network (Norwegian)
  3. ^ Norges første fartsbot til Briskebytrikken! October 12, 2004 (Norwegian)
  4. ^ - Vi kjemper til vi vinner Aftenposten, October 16, 2002 (updated March 12, 2008) (Norwegian)
  5. ^ Flere trikkeruter reddet NRK Østlandssendingen, November 13, 2002. (Norwegian)
  6. ^ Kritisk for Briskebytrikken, November 16 2006 (Norwegian)
  7. ^ Mener "alt" blir bedre i Skovveien Aftenposten, October 26, 2007 (Norwegian)
  8. ^ - Vurdering av trasévalg for nedre del av Briskebytrikken, June 2009 (Norwegian)
  9. ^ Nei til trikk i Skovveien September 28, 2006 (Norwegian)
  10. ^ Lover kamp om trikkeskinner Lokalavisen Frogner (Norwegian)
Map from ca. 1900