|Veteran train on the Setesdal Line, 23 July 2003. The train is driving onto the Paulen bridge.|
|Built by||Norwegian State Railways|
|Original gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|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)|
|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.
When the 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 Sørlandet 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 Sørlandet 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
Narrow gauge steam locomotives
- Class XXI number 1, built at Dübs and Company in 1894.
- Class XXI number 2, built at Dübs and Company in 1894.
- Class XXI number 5, built at Thunes Mekaniske Værksted in 1901.
- Class XXII number 6, built at Thunes Mekaniske Værksted in 1902.
Narrow gauge diesel locomotives
- SJ Class Z4t number 227, built in 1950. Bought from the SJ in 1976.
- SJ Class Z4t number 307, built in 1952. Bought from the SJ in 1981.
Narrow gauge railcars
- Cmbo-1 number 2672, built in 1932 at Strømmens Værksted. 56 passengers.
- Cmdo Sulitelma, built in 1957 at Strømmens Værksted. 56 passengers. Transferred to the Setesdal Line after the closure of Sulitjelma Line.
Standard gauge diesel locomotives
Stations and stops
The following stations and stops exist at the current railway museum:
|Name||Type||Distance from Oslo V (km)||Length (m)|
- Official site (Norwegian)
- Vest-Ager Museum, Setesdal Line (Optional languages)
- photos from the Setesdal Line
- Google map location