Myrdal Station

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Myrdal
Myrdal Station with Flåmsbana train.jpg
A Flåm Line train at Myrdal Station
Station statistics
Address MyrdalAurland
Norway
Coordinates 60°44′18″N 7°7′23″E / 60.73833°N 7.12306°E / 60.73833; 7.12306Coordinates: 60°44′18″N 7°7′23″E / 60.73833°N 7.12306°E / 60.73833; 7.12306
Elevation 866.8 m (2,844 ft)
Line(s) Bergen Line
Flåm Line
Distance 335.80 km (208.66 mi)
Platforms 3
Other information
Opened 1908
Operator Norwegian State Railways

Myrdal Station (Norwegian: Myrdal stasjon) is a mountain railway station and junction, located on the Bergen Line regional mainline in Aurland, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. The railway station is also the upper terminal of the Flåm Line local railway, which ascends from the valley floor of the Sognefjord to the mountain-top junction, providing a vital public transport link, but deriving a majority of its passengers through tourism. Most passengers using Myrdal station are changing trains between the two lines.

Location[edit]

Myrdal station is located about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) south of the village of Flåm and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of Aurlandsvangen. There is no road connection to Myrdal although there are some cottages and hotels in the area, served by Myrdal Station, and the nearby Vatnahalsen Station, about a kilometer before Myrdal, and 50 metres lower towards mean sea level.

The station is located between two tunnels on the Bergen Line: the Gravahals Tunnel to the west and the Vatnahalsen Tunnel to the east. Completion of the 5.3 kilometres (3.3 mi) long Gravahals Tunnel was done in 1905. The station is 867 metres (2,844 ft) above mean sea level.[1]

Facilities[edit]

The station has three platforms. Platform 1 is the principal platform on the mainline, and platform 2 is the alternative mainline platform located on the passing loop. The non-consecutively numbered platform 11 is the platform used by local trains to and from Flåm. As the mainline is single track, the passing loop allows regional trains to cross with freight services, and occasionally with other passenger trains. A large cafeteria and gift shop provides refreshment and shelter, and there are waiting rooms and lavatories. There are freight sidings located at Myrdal.

History[edit]

The station opened in 1908. On 17 January 1923, the station restaurant was taken over by Norsk Spisevognselskap. As the facilities were too small, the restaurant was later moved to another, larger building.[2]

Media gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Myrdal" (in Norwegian). Norwegian National Rail Administration. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Just, Carl (1949). A/S Norsk Spisevognselskap 1919–1949 (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk Spisevognselskap. p. 67. OCLC 40310643. 
Preceding station Line Following station
Upsete Bergen Line Hallingskeid
Terminus Flåm Line Vatnahalsen
Preceding station Express trains Following station
Voss   BergenOslo S   Hallingskeid
Preceding station Local trains Following station
Upsete   Bergen Commuter Rail   Terminus