Ila Line

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Ila Line
Ila tram station.JPG
Overview
Native name Ilalinjen
Type Tramway
System Trondheim Tramway
Termini Munkegata
Ila
Stations 6
Operation
Opened 1901
Closed 1988–1990
Owner City of Trondheim
Operator(s) Boreal Bane
Technical
Number of tracks Double
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Route map
Ladelinjen
Torget(1901 - 1961)
Prinsens gate
Elgeseterlinjen
St. Olav's Gate(1924)
Dronningens gate
Tordenskjolds gate
Hospitalkirka
Kalvskinnet
Skansen
Ila(1924, 1901 - 1924)
turning track
Ilevollen turning loop
Gråkallbanen

The Ila Line (Norwegian: Ilalinjen) is tramway between Trondheim Torg and Ila in Trondheim, Norway. The line was part of the original Trondheim Tramway and opened in 1901, and replaced the horse omnibus service from 1893. The line was closed in 1988, but part of it was reopened in 1990 when the Gråkall Line was reborn. The line is the northernmost tramway in the world and is meter gauge.

The line follows Kongens Gate from Ilevollen to Trondheim Torg and was operated by Trondheim Sporvei until 1974. When A/S Graakalbanen started its tram service in 1924 it licensed the track to get to its terminus at St. Olav's Gate. In 1921 a loop was constructed around Ila Park at the end of line so the trams didn't have to change directions, though this was rebuilt to a turning triangle in 1983. In 1973 most of the departures of Ilalinjen continued to Lian. But for some years (until approx. 1975) some departures turned in Ila in the evenings and weekends.