Old Voss Line

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Old Voss Line
Norwegian: Gamle Vossebanen
Type 18 locomotive n. 255 at Garnes.jpg
Type 18 locomotive no. 255 at Garnes
Locale Norway
Terminus Garnes & Midttun
Connections Norges Statsbaner
Commercial operations
Built by Norges Statsbaner
Original gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Original electrification 15 kV 16 23 Hz AC
Preserved operations
Owned by Norwegian Railway Society
Operated by Norwegian Railway Society
Length 18 km (11 mi)
Preserved gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Preserved electrification None
Commercial history
Opened 1883
1904 Gauge converted
Closed to passengers 1964
Closed 1964
Preservation history
Headquarters Garnes
Website
Old Voss Line web site
Gamle Vossebanen
former main line to Voss
Garnes(1883)
Arna(1883)
Arna (NSB)(1964)
Espeland(1899)
Haukeland(1883)
Søylen Tunnel89 m
Bratland Tunnel258 m
Grimmen Tunnel123 m
Helldal I Tunnel24 m
Helldal II Tunnel29 m
Midttun(1925)
former main line to Bergen
The restored Garnes Station

The Old Voss Line (Norwegian: Gamle Vossebanen) is a heritage railway between Garnes and Midttun near Bergen, Norway. Originally constructed as a 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow gauge line, it formed part of the Bergen to Voss railway opened in 1883. Following the decision to complete the railway to Oslo in 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge, the line was upgraded in 1904. Electrified in 1954, it continued to serve as part of the Bergen to Oslo main line until the 7.5 km (4.7 mi) Ulriken Tunnel, which opened in 1964, resulted in the closure of the line.

Today, the museum railway is operated by the Norwegian Railway Association (Norsk Jernbaneklubb) and runs on Sundays between June and September over a distance of 18 km (11 mi) between Garnes and Midttun, taking just under one hour. The Midttun terminus is located near Nesttun, and there are further intermediate stops at Arna, Espeland and Haukeland. The service operates with a type 18 steam locomotive, no. 255, built in 1913, decommissioned in 1969 and restored by volunteers between 1981 and 1993. It pulls a series of teak carriages built between 1921 and 1938. The locomotive is stored at the restored Garnes station that features a museum, engine shed, yard and turntable.

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