Kongsvinger Line

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Kongsvinger Line
Overview
Type Railway
System Norwegian railway
Termini Lillestrøm Station
Charlottenberg Station
Stations 20
Operation
Opening 1862
Owner Norwegian National Rail Administration
Operator(s) Norges Statsbaner
CargoNet
SJ
Character Commuter trains
Freight
Rolling stock BM 69
Rc
Regina
Technical
Line length 115 km
No. of tracks Single
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 15 kV 16⅔ Hz AC
Route map
Charlottenberg Station
Flag of Sweden.svg Furumoen - Border
Magnor
ValmandClosed 1990
Vestmarkabanen
Skotterud
StansbergClosed 1979
Matrand
Vrangselva
GrasmoClosed 1990
SandnesbergetClosed 1990
EidsbruaClosed 1990
Åbogen
Snarebrua
GjermshusClosed 1990
GranliClosed 1990
VingersjøClosed 1944
Solørbanen
Kongsvinger Station
Skyrudsåa
Galterud Station
Mellandsåa
MellandsmoClosed 1991
Sander Station
MangbakkenClosed 1991
Mangå
Skarnes Station
Disenå Station
Seterstøa Station
FunnefossClosed 1967
HusmoClosed 1991
Årnes Station
FjukClosed 1942
VelvangClosed 1991
BrauterClosed 1991
Bodung Station
StubberudClosed 1942
HaugenClosed 1991
Haga Station
GrøndalClosed 1942
Auli Station
Rånåsfoss Station
Blaker Station
Fossåa
Urskog-HølandsbanenNarrow gauge
BingsfossClosed 1942
Sørumsand Station
Rv172
ØstbyClosed 1942
LystadClosed 1942
Guttersrud Station
HolterClosed 1942
VaraaClosed 1932
Varåa
Svingen Station
Glomma
Fetsund Station
Nerdrum Station
Tuen Station
Hovedbanen
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 Årnes, with a few trains continuing to 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 Aftenposten, January 4, 2007 (in Norwegian)

External links[edit]