Train of A30B and B30B tram cars at Kottla
|Line length||9.2 km (5.72 mi)|
|Track length||9.2 km (5.72 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The Lidingöbanan has its origins in the Stockholm-Södra Lidingöns Järnväg (Stockholm-Southern Lidingö Railway), proposed by inventor Gustaf Dalén. Public transportation on Lidingöbanan has always been provided using tram cars, but in the past Lidingöbanan also carried goods traffic. At its largest, Lidingöbanan extended to Humlegården in Stockholm through Stockholms Spårvägar's tramway network, with access to the Värtabanan railway track. There was also traffic on a track on the north side of Lidingö island which terminated at Kyrkviken which closed in 1971. Lidingö town centre is now accessible only by bus. Lidingöbanan formally became part of SL's public transportation network in 1972.
Lidingöbanan was legally a railway until August 2008, when it was reclassified by the Swedish railway inspectorate (Järnvägsstyrelsen). Passenger service has, however, always been provided by tramcars, which prior to 1967 continued onto the streets of Stockholm, as mentioned above. The electrical infrastructure (overhead wire) is of tram type.
Until recently the rolling stock consisted of Type A30/A30B and B30/B30B maneouver trams, all over fifty years old, and dating from the period (1940s–50s) when the Stockholm Metro was only partially completed and these areas were served by trams, adopted for faster two-way traffic.
Lidingöbanan has been closed since summer 2013 for engineering works, modernisation and installation of new equipment. The track will be replaced (with some lengths of single track possibly converted to double) and new Type A32 trams and signalling introduced. Completion is due late 2014, with rail replacement buses running during this period.
Lidingöbanan has a single line with fourteen stations, from Ropsten in northeast Stockholm to Gåshaga brygga in southeastern Lidingö. At Ropsten there is an interchange with the Stockholm Metro Red Line 13, and a Waxholmsbolaget archipelago boat terminal at Gåshaga brygga.
There are plans to connect the line with the Spårväg City line in central Stockholm.
|21||Ropsten – Gåshaga brygga||9.2 km||14|
- 2012 Map of all SL Rail Lines (tram lines included) (pdf)
- Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (Stockholm Transport) - official site (English)
- Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (Stockholm Transport) - official site (Swedish)
- Järnväg.net - Lidingöbanan (Swedish)