Hell Station

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Hell Station
Hell stasjon
Railway station
Hell stasjon 2006.jpg
View of the station
Location HellStjørdal
Trøndelag
Norway
Coordinates 63°26′46″N 10°53′55″E / 63.44611°N 10.89861°E / 63.44611; 10.89861Coordinates: 63°26′46″N 10°53′55″E / 63.44611°N 10.89861°E / 63.44611; 10.89861
Elevation 3.2 m (10 ft)
Owned by Bane NOR
Operated by Norges Statsbaner
Line(s) Nordlandsbanen
Meråkerbanen
Distance 31.4 km (19.5 mi)
Platforms 3
Other information
Station code HEL
History
Opened 1881 (1881)
Location
Hell Station is located in Trøndelag
Hell Station
Hell Station
Location within Trøndelag
Hell Station is located in Norway
Hell Station
Hell Station
Hell Station (Norway)

Hell Station (Norwegian: Hell stasjon) is a railway station located in the village of Hell in the Municipality of Stjørdal in the Trøndelag county, Norway. It is located at the intersection of the Nordland Line and the Meråker Line.

Information[edit]

Steam trains in 1906.
Photo: Anders Beer Wilse

Hell Station serves:

Both services are operated by Class 92 units by the Norwegian State Railways.[1][2][3]

Hell Gods-Expedition.
Photo: Karin Beate Nøsterud

History[edit]

Planned by architect Paul Armin Due, the present station building at Hell Station was opened in 1902. It replaced an older building of 1881, whose architect was Peter Andreas Blix.

The restaurant[which?] was taken over by Norsk Spisevognselskap on 1 October 1922, but returned to private operation in 1934.[4]

Tourist attraction[edit]

Due to its name, Hell Station has become a tourist attraction. While associated with the religious concept Hell by English-speakers, the name Hell derives from Old Norse hellir, which means cave. The Norwegian equivalent to English hell is hel or, more commonly, helvete (compare with Old English hellewīte).[5]

The station's freight building still bears the old sign saying Hell Gods-Expedition. In Norwegian, Gods-Expedition (archaic) or godsekspedisjon (modern) means freight service or cargo handling.[6] This sign is a popular photo opportunity for foreign English-speaking tourists. Especially in the summer months, it is not unusual for foreigners, when discovering the sign, to evacuate the train in order to get a photo. The building is not used for freight anymore. All light freight is handled through post offices or competing companies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hell stasjon" (in Norwegian). Norwegian National Rail Administration. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  2. ^ "Hell station". Norwegian State Railways. Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  3. ^ "Hell" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Railway Club. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  4. ^ Just, Carl (1949). A/S Norsk Spisevognselskap 1919–1949 (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk Spisevognselskap. p. 64. OCLC 40310643. 
  5. ^ "helvete". Wiktionary. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  6. ^ "GoNorway - Hell". Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
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