Hirtshals Line or Hirtshals Railway ( Danish: ) is a 16.1 km (10.0 mi) long Hirtshalsbanen standard gauge single track railway line between Hjørring and Hirtshals, Denmark. The railway links the fishing and ferry port of Hirtshals with the Danish rail network.
The railway line opened in 1925. It is currently owned and operated by the
railway company Nordjyske Jernbaner (NJ) which runs frequent local train services from Hirtshals station to Hjørring station with onward connections by DSB to the rest of Denmark.
History [ edit ]
In 1915, the
Danish Parliament agreed to build a new railway line between Hjørring and Aalbæk station on the Skagen Line with a possible branch line from Vellingshøj to Hirtshals. The main line to Aalbæk was never constructed however, but the branch line to Hirtshals was built instead. Construction started in April 1924, and the railway was opened on 18 December the following year.
From the start, the railway line was operated together with the
Hjørring-Løkken-Aabybro Line and the Hjørring-Hørby Line in the joint operating company Hjørring Privatbaner (HP).
In 2001, the operating company Hjørring Privatbaner A/S merged with Skagensbanen A/S (SB) to form the railway company
Nordjyske Jernbaner. Headquartered in Hjørring, the company is now responsible for running the Hjørring–Hirtshals and Frederikshavn–Skagen lines.
In 2005 the current
Siemens Desiro trains, which have a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph), were introduced.
Operations [ edit ]
Local trains [ edit ]
Nordjyske Jernbaner (NJ) runs frequent local train services from Hirtshals station to Hjørring station with onward connections by DSB to the rest of Denmark.
Express service [ edit ]
An international passenger service,
, between Hirtshals and Nordpilen Hamburg, connecting with the ferries to and from Norway, ceased many years ago.
Freight [ edit ]
Apart from local passenger traffic, there are transit
freight trains linking Norway to the European continent. The freight cars are transferred on the railway ferry from Hirtshals to Kristiansand.
Stations [ edit ]
Vendsyssel Line to Frederikshavn
Vendsyssel Line to Aalborg
Kvægtorvet - opened in 2005
NJ railway depot
Langholm - closed in 2003
Raundrup - closed in 2003
Color Line - closed in 2008
Previous stations [ edit ]
Color Line halt - between Lilleheden halt and Hirtshals station
Raundrup halt - between Horne station and Tornby station
Langholm - between Vellingshøj station and Vidstrup station
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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