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Holstein (station)

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OSLO T-bane orange icon.png
LocationNordberg, Oslo
Coordinates59°57′38″N 10°44′24″E / 59.96056°N 10.74000°E / 59.96056; 10.74000Coordinates: 59°57′38″N 10°44′24″E / 59.96056°N 10.74000°E / 59.96056; 10.74000
Owned bySporveien
Operated bySporveien T-banen
Line(s)Sognsvann Line
Distance7.8 km (4.8 mi) from Stortinget
ConnectionsBus service:
22 MajorstuenEllingsrudåsen
25 Majorstuen – Karihaugen
Structure typeAt-grade

Holstein is a station on the Sognsvann Line (line 6) of the Oslo Metro in Norway. The station is located between Kringsjå and Østhorn stations. Holstein was opened during the Second World War, in 1941. Formerly Nordberg was the next southbound station, but it was closed in 1992, at the same time as Holstein was re-built with longer platforms and new ticket machines. The name Holstein is believed to origin from Schleswig-Holstein in Germany.


The Sognsvann Line opened on 10 October 1930. It was built by Akersbanerne, and ran from Majorstuen to Sognsvann station.[1] The line was double-tracked from Majorstuen to Korsvoll, and single-tracked from there to Sognsvann.[2] In 1939, the section Korsvoll–Sognsvann was upgraded to double tracks, and the station Korsvoll had its name changed to Østhorn.[1] Two years later, Holstein was opened, although the accurate date of opening remains undisclosed.[3]

In 1990, it was decided to upgrade the Sognsvann Line to metro standard, which involves a heightening and lengthening of the platforms, installation of third rail power supply and a new signaling system.[4] Many residents feared that Holstein station would be closed together with Frøen,[5][6] but only the latter was closed.[7] The upgrade started three years later, when Tåsen station was moved 150 metres (490 ft) further north,[8] and Nordberg Station was closed.[9] Holstein was closed for traffic during the construction period.[4] Underpasses were built at both Holstein and Nordberg stations,[10] and new ticket machines were installed at Holstein Station.[11]


Holstein is served by the line 5 on the Sognsvann Line, operated by Oslo T-banedrift on contract with Ruter. The rapid transit serves the station every 15 minutes, except in the late evening and on weekend mornings, when there is a 30-minute headway.[12] Travel time along the 7.1-kilometre (4.4 mi) portion to Stortinget in the city center is 13 minutes.[13]

The station provides correspondence to the bus lines 22 and 25 in Carl Kjeldsens vei, a two minutes walk away.[14]

Sognsvann Kringsjå Line 5 Østhorn Ring Line and Vestli


Holstein has two platforms, each with a wooden shed.[15] The sheds are designed by Arne Henriksen in a minimalist and standardised style with constructions of wood and steel.[16][17] Located between the streets Kongleveien and Holsteinveien, the station serves the residential area Nordberg.[18][19] There is a kindergarten and a senior center close to the station.

The origin of the station's name is disputed. Professor H. O. Christophersen stated in 1952 that it origined from the German region Holstein.[20] Journalist Arvid Sagen stated in 2001 that the name owed its origins to the Norwegian word "hole"; which means a round hill, and "stein", which means stone.[21]


  1. ^ a b Nilsen 1998, p. 133
  2. ^ Arntzen & Hansen 2009, p. 88
  3. ^ Stang 1980, p. 116
  4. ^ a b Bjørklid, Ole Martin (28 September 1990). "Lambertseter-Sognsvann på ett spor". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 2.
  5. ^ Fossum, Roger (5 October 1990). "Strømlinjet kollektivtilbud Lambertseter-Sognsvann". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 7.
  6. ^ Wiik, Karsten (30 October 1990). "- Ikke nedlegg Frøen". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 24.
  7. ^ Vatne, Paul Einar (7 January 1992). "Fjerner Frøen og Nordberg". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 5.
  8. ^ Hegna, Liv (5 January 2004). "Østhorn: Oppkalt etter knaus som ikke finnes". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 40.
  9. ^ "Sognsvannsbanen modernisert". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). 8 January 1993. p. 8.
  10. ^ Hammersmark, Marit (22 January 1993). "Sognsvannsbanen Sikkerheten først". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 54.
  11. ^ Hansen, Trond (23 October 1995). "Automatrot med nye tiere". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 13.
  12. ^ "Rutetider T-banen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Ruter. 2 April 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 April 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Rutetabeller T-banens linjer 2-6 og buss 1B, 1C, 1D" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Ruter. pp. 19–22. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 December 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  14. ^ Ruter (2007). "Linjekart for busslinjene i Oslo Nord" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Retrieved 6 November 2009.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Hallo Oslo". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). 29 October 1985. p. 2.
  16. ^ Hartmann & Mangset 2001, p. 39
  17. ^ "Sognsvannsbanen blir T-bane". Lokaltrafikk (in Norwegian). 15: 22–3. 1992.
  18. ^ Google (6 November 2010). "Holstein (station)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  19. ^ Tvedt, Knut Are (2007). "Nordberg". In Godal, Anne Marit. Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  20. ^ Christophersen, H. O. (19 April 1952). "Mellom Aker og Bærum - kulturhistorie på søndagsturen". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). p. 9.
  21. ^ Sagen, Arvid (31 July 2001). "Stedsnavn i Oslo". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 31.
  • Andersen, Bjørn (1993). Holmenkollbanen: Kort historikk fra 1898 til 1993. Oslo: Lokaltrafikkhistorisk forening. ISBN 82-91223-01-7.
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  • Aspenberg, Nils Carl (1995). Neste stopp Makrellbakken: Historien om Røabanen. Oslo: Baneforlaget. ISBN 82-91448-18-3.
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  • Nilsen, Knut A. (1998). Nordmarkstrikken: Holmenkollbanen gjennom 100 år. Oslo: Aschehoug. ISBN 82-03-22262-5.
  • Stang, Johan L. (1980). SOGN - en del av Oslo (in Norwegian). Tiden Norsk Forlag. ISBN 82-10-02012-9.

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