Setesdal Line

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Setesdal Line
Veteran train on Setesdalsbanen, July 23 2003. The train is driving onto the Paulen bridge.
Type Railway
System Norwegian railway
Status Heritage railway, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) of the original line
Termini Kristiansand
Opened 26 November 1895
Closed 1 September 1962
Owner Norwegian State Railways (original)
Setesdalsbanen (heritage)
Operator(s) Norwegian State Railways (original)
Setesdalsbanen (heritage)
Character Heritage
Line length 78 km (48 mi) (original)
8 km (5 mi) (heritage)
No. of tracks Single
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification No

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.


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 Setesdalsbanen Hobby Club was established already 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[edit]

Narrow gauge steam locomotives[edit]

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 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

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