Setesdal Line

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Setesdal Line
Norwegian: Setesdalsbanen
Setesdalsbanen.jpg
Veteran train on the Setesdal Line, 23 July 2003. The train is driving onto the Paulen bridge.
Terminus Grovane Røyknes
Commercial operations
Built by Norwegian State Railways
Original gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Original electrification None
Preserved operations
Owned by Setesdal Line
Operated by Setesdal Line
Stations Kristiansand Station - Byglandsfjord Station (original)
Grovane Station - Røyknes Station (heritage)
Length 78 km (48 mi) (original)
8 km (5 mi) (heritage)
Preserved gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Commercial history
Opened 26 November 1895
Closed 1 September 1962

The Setesdal Line (Norwegian: Setesdalsbanen) was a railway between Kristiansand and Byglandsfjord in southern Norway, 78 km (48 mi) long. It was built with a narrow gauge of 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in), and opened to Hægeland 26 November 1895, and to Byglandsfjord 27 November 1896. Stations along the line included Mosby, Vennesla, Grovene (Grovane), Iveland and Hægeland.

Today, only the stretch between Grovane and Røyknes of the original line is preserved as a heritage railway.

History[edit]

When the standard gauged Sørlandet Line was opened to Kristiansand in 1938, Grovane became the new terminal station for the Setesdal Line, with connection to the Sørlandet Line.

The Setesdal Line was suspended from 1 September 1962, and the track was lifted between Byglandsfjord and Beihølen. The 6 km (3.7 mi) line between Beihølen and Grovane was, however, preserved by local enthusiasts. The Setesdal Line Hobby Club was already established in 1964.

Today, the Setesdal Line is a railway museum with steam trains serving the 8 km (5.0 mi) line between Grovane and Røyknes. Four steam locomotives from 1894-1902 are preserved, along with a number of passenger and freight cars.

The preserved locomotives[edit]

Narrow gauge steam locomotives[edit]

NSB Class XXI number 1


Narrow gauge diesel locomotives[edit]

Narrow gauge railcars[edit]

Standard gauge diesel locomotives[edit]

These locomotives are only used for shunting at areas with dual gauge track.

Stations and stops[edit]

Grovane Station
Røyknes Station

The following stations and stops exist at the current railway museum:

Name Type Distance from Oslo V (km) Length (m)
Grovane Station 345.25
Rugåna Steel bridge 345.40 13.6
Store bu Siding 345.69
Grovane Stop 345.80
Grovane Level crossing 345.87
Paulen Truss bridge 347.13 50.1
Paulen Stop 347.59
Paulen gård Stop 347.76
Kringsjå Stop 348.17
Løyning Tunnel 349.74 123
Beihølen dam Stop 350.53
Beihøldalen Station 350.97
Otterdals Siding 351.79
Røyknes Station 353.22
Langåen Steel bridge 353.37 9.32

Setesdal line 1896 - 1938[edit]

The Setesdal Line 1896 - 1938
Legend
78,33 km Byglandsfjord(1896)
78,20 km Byglandsfjord dampsag side track
Agder kjøpelag side track
77,36 km Vassenden bridge(1920, 4,5 m)
76,90 km Vassenden(1930)
75,76 km Standarfossen side track
75,52 km Reguleringsdammen
74,06 km Sidetrack for Germans during WWII
73,91 km Syrtveit
73,90 km Syrtveit(1896)
71,35 km Follestø(1933)
70,32 km Stenbekken bridge(1923, 4 m)
68,71 km Flatebygd(1914)
68,22 km Odåen bro(1896, 4 m)
67,93 km Side track
66,93 km Evje(1896)
66,36 km A/S Evje Raffineringsverk side track
65,66 km Fosvik gravel pit
65,00 km Evjemoen(1928)
65,00 km Evjemoen miliary sidetrack
63,70 km Bjoråveien(1930)
62,94 km Hornnes bridge(1896, 137,5 m)
62,59 km Hornnes(1896)
61,71 km Voile bridge(1896, 17 m)
59,90 km Hestvåg(1930)
59,57 km Hestvåg side track
57,59 km Hanås(1928)
56,59 km Hanåsbekken bridge(1896, 4 m)
56,21 km Moisund saw mill
56,10 km Moibekken bridge(1896, 4 m)
55,82 km Moisund(1896)
54,20 km Slettefett(1932)
53,10 km Hornekilen bridge(1895, 20 m)
52,22 km Hornesund(1896)
50,95 km Errekilen bridge(1895, 18,8 m)
50,23 km County border Vest-Agder/Aust-Agder
49,37 km Hornskilen bridge(1929, 9,2 m)
49,35 km Eldsneset(1928)
47,88 km Horsnkilen downfall(1895, 5 m)
47,23 km Kiledalen(1928)
45,82 km Kiledalsbekken bridge(1918, 6,3 m)
43,97 km Hægeland(1895)
43,97 km Kile gravel pit
43,26 km Hægeland bridge(1911, 19 m)
40,70 km Øvre Gåseflå(1930)
Bridge(1895, 2,5 m)
39,11 km Gåseflå(1895)
38,96 km Gåseflå tunnel II(1895, 9,2 m)
38,91 km Gåseflå tunnel I(1895, 25,4 m)
38,70 km Nedre Gåseflå
37,00 km Slemdal tunnel(1895, 86,4 m)
36,81 km Homevassevja tunnel(1895, 83,6 m)
34,50 km Iveland(1895)
32,83 km Beinestvedt
32,76 km Beinestvedtkilen bridge(1920, 5 m)
32,60 km Beinestvedt tunnel(1920, 25 m)
29,90 km Nomeland tunnel(1920, 207 m)
29,78 km Nomeland(1928)
29,78 km Nomeland nye
29,12 km Røyknes tunnel II(1920, 40 m)
28,93 km Røyknes tunnel I(1920, 80 m)
28,58 km Nomeland sideline
28,52 km Langåen bro(1911, 8 m)
28,38 km Røyknes(1895)
26,89 km Otterdals sideline
24,90 km Løyning tunnel(1895, 123 m)
23,32 km Kringsjå1930
23,10 km Paulen
22,27 km Paulen bridge(1895, 50,1 m)
20,56 km Rugåna bridge(1911, 9,17 m)
20,41 km Grovane(1895)
20,10 km Grovane saw mill
20,10 km Grovene gravel pit
19,52 km Bro over Egelandsaa(1895, 2,5 m)
19,52 km Egelandsaa
19,46 km Undergang(1895, 2,5 m)
19,35 km Veråsveien(1934)
18,10 km Vennesla(1909)
17,07 km Graslia(1926)
14,08 km Hunsfoss tunnel II(1895, 35 m)
13,89 km Hunsfoss tunnel I(1895, 12 m)
16,50 km downfall(1895, 3,8 m)
16,40 km Hunsfoss(1927)
16,10 km Tjovemoen(1927)
15,92 km Hunsfos Fabrikker
15,58 km Vigeland Brug
15,42 km Vikeland(1895)
14,84 km Goli(1927)
14,58 km Lunden(1927)
14,28 km Nyland(1927)
14,08 km Ås tunnel(1895, 70 m)
13,89 km Nederste Åbel tunnel(1895, 120 m)
13,07 km Kvarstein sideline
13,07 km Kvarstein(1898)
12,71 km Kvarstein gravel pit sideline
12,54 km Ravnåsveien(1927)
11,92 km Kvarstein tunnel(1895, 30,1 m)
11,68 km Kvarstein bru(1895, 191,6 m)
11,32 km Kvarstein Grinn(1927)
11,00 km Øvre Mosby(1937)
10,75 km Røistad(1927)
10,37 km Høllen(1927)
10,17 km Bridge over Høyebekken(1895, 9 m)
9,97 km Mosby Station(1895)
9,88 km Undergang(1895, 3,8 m)
9,37 km Mosby tunnel II(1895, 45 m)
9,18 km Mosby tunnel I(1895, 80 m)
9,17 km Sagbekken bro(1895, 9,1 m)
9,02 km Aukland(1913)
8,06 km Undergang(1895, 2,5 m)
7,40 km Solsletta(1927)
7,28 km Bro over Storebekk(1895, 3 m)
7,11 km Strai(1895)
Kvernvollen
5,60 km Strai Cementstøberi(1927)
4,82 km Langemyr(1927)
4,01 km Dalane(1903)
3,91 km Bridge over stream II(1895, 2 m)
3,48 km Bridge over stream I(1895, 3 m)
2,20 km Krossen(1936)
1,60 km Solvang(1927)
1,60 km Klappane gravel pit
1,21 km Møllespor
1,07 km Natmansbekken bridge II(1895, 9,2 m)
1,04 km Grimsbroen(1936)
0,44 km Natmansbekken bridge I(1895, 5,7 m)
0,00 km Kristiansand(1895)

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Coordinates: 58°17′37″N 7°58′51″E / 58.2936°N 7.9808°E / 58.2936; 7.9808