Holmestrand Station

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For the former station serving the Holmestrand–Vittingfoss Line, see Holmestrand Private Station.
Holmestrand Station
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Station statistics
Address Holmestrand
Norway
Coordinates 59°29′34″N 10°18′41″E / 59.49278°N 10.31139°E / 59.49278; 10.31139Coordinates: 59°29′34″N 10°18′41″E / 59.49278°N 10.31139°E / 59.49278; 10.31139
Elevation 4.8 m (16 ft)
Line(s) Vestfold Line
Connections Bus: Vestviken Kollektivtrafikk
Distance 86.09 km (53.49 mi)
Platforms 2
Other information
Opened 1881
Operator Norwegian State Railways

Holmestrand Station (Norwegian: Holmestrand stasjon) is a railway station on the Vestfold Line located in the town of Holmestrand in Vestfold, Norway.

The station was opened in 1881 with the opening of the railway line. It is located 86.09 km (53.49 mi) from Oslo Central Station. The station is at an altitude of 4.8 meters (16 ft) above mean sea level.

History[edit]

The station was built as a third-class station. The original floor plan consisted of a station master's office, three other offices, a ticket office, an express cargo expedition, a waiting room and a restaurant on the ground floor. The upper story consisted of a station master's apartment, with four rooms, a kitchen and a maid's room. The station complex further consisted of a cargo house, a water tower and two sheds, a smithy and warehouse for the track division. All the machines were run via a belts from a central engine.[1] Water was supplied from a basin at the top of Holmestrandsfjellet.[2]

The station in 1906

The station was manned by a station master, three telegraphists, three station workers, a cargo clerk and a foreman. The station originally had three tracks, later increased to four to handle a commuter train between Holmestrand and Drammen. In addition there was a spur for loading cargo. The station was at the time also connected via a branch to the port, which again connected to the Holmestrand–Vittingfoss Line.[2]

Holmestrand Station originally had large cargo customers in Nordisk Aluminiumsindustry, later Høyang, and Holmestrand Dampsag. All of these accessed the station via HVB tracks. As production was reduced, so did the freight through the station. After Linjegods took over break bulk cargo, cargo handling at Holmestrand was terminated.[2]

Facilities[edit]

Holmestrand Station is located just outside the town center, close to Holmestrand Bad.[1] The station is located on the Vestfold Line, at milestone 86.09 kilometers (53.49 mi) from Oslo and at an elevation of 4.8 meters (16 ft) above mean sea level.[3]

Service[edit]

Overview of the station

As well as serving Holmestrand, the station has become the primary choice for commuters in Horten who prefer this station to Skoppum Station. Although Skoppum is closer to Horten, the road access to Holmestrand is vastly superior.[4]

Future[edit]

The track both north and south of Holmestrand are tortuous, with many curves and at places poor foundations making it prone to landslides. Due to this, trains cannot run at high speeds in the area. Plans are in the works to straighten most of this 16.7 km section of line by placing it in tunnels, while implanting a double track at the same time.[5]

In 2009, the Norwegian National Rail Administration recommended building a new station inside the mountain, just west of the current station. The proposed station will have four tracks, two of them with platforms, and two intended for passing trains. Building the track inside the mountain instead of around it will allow express trains to pass through at 250 km/h instead of 130 km/h.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jakobsen (1996): 30
  2. ^ a b c Jakobsen (1996): 31
  3. ^ Bjerke (1994):164
  4. ^ "Pendlerne velger Holmestrand". Gjengangeren (in Norwegian). 13 March 2007. 
  5. ^ "Nytt dobbeltspor Holm-Holmestrand-Nykirke (New double track Holm-Holmestrand-Nykirke)" (in Norwegian). Jernbaneverket. 2007-06-15. 
  6. ^ Munsterhjelm, Erik (2009-08-22). "250 km/t skal være mulig" (in Norwegian). Tønsberg blad. Retrieved 2009-10-14. , Broms, Jan (2009-08-20). "Toget inn i fjellet" (in Norwegian). Gjengangeren. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 

External links[edit]

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