Skotbu Station

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Location SkotbuSki
Coordinates 59°39′54″N 10°56′51″E / 59.66500°N 10.94750°E / 59.66500; 10.94750Coordinates: 59°39′54″N 10°56′51″E / 59.66500°N 10.94750°E / 59.66500; 10.94750
Elevation 129 m (423 ft) AMSL
Operated by Norwegian State Railways
Line(s) Eastern Østfold Line
Distance 34.09 km (21.18 mi)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Parking 20 places
Bicycle facilities Yes
Opened 1 March 1908 (1908-03-01)
Passengers (2012) 66,000 (annual boarding and disembarking)
Skotbu is located in Akershus
Location within Akershus

Skotbu Station (Norwegian: Skotbu holdeplass) is a railway station located at Skotbu in Ski, Norway. Situated 34.09 kilometers (21.18 mi) from Oslo Central Station (Oslo S), it is served hourly by the L22 service of the Norwegian State Railways' Oslo Commuter Rail. The station opened on 1 March 1908, after the local community had pledged to finance a new station. The station received a revamp in 2014. The station had 66,000 boarding and disembarking passengers in 2012.


The Eastern Østfold Line opened in 1882, with the Skotbu population forced to use either Kråkstad Station or Tomter Station.[1] A station at Skotbu was permitted built by the Norwegian State Railways after the local population had offered to finance the stop.[2] Originally named Skodbo, the station opened on 1 March 1908. It lacked a passing loop and was only manned to handle passengers and cargo.[1] The station had 1,382 boarding passengers, not including month pass holders, in 1910. This increased to 3,404 five years later. The numbers were nearly twice this during the 1920s, with 7,377 in 1925, but then fell to 5,869 in 1928.[3]

The station changed its name to Skotbu on 1 February 1926.[1] The original station building at Skotbu was demolished and a new building built about 1927.[4] The line was electrified on 5 December 1958. This allowed for the retirement of steam locomotives and the closing of the roundhouse. At the same time direct services to the capital were reintroduced.[5] The station became unmanned from 17 March 1969.[1]

Skotbu Station underwent a full platform renovation in 2014. The old wooden platform was only 38 centimeters (15 in) tall and in need of replacement. The platform was moved 50 meters (160 ft) west and was lengthened to 220 meters (720 ft). This cost 17.7 million Norwegian kroner, including a similar job at Knapstad Station.[6]


Skotbu Station is situated on the Eastern Østfold Line, 9.68 kilometers (6.01 mi) from Ski Station and 34.09 kilometers (21.18 mi) from Oslo S, at an elevation of 129 meters (423 ft) above mean sea level.[1] The station has a side platform which is 220 meters (720 ft) long and 76 centimeters (30 in) tall.[7] There are platform shelters but no ticket sale at the station. There is a bicycle rack and about 20 parking spaces for cars. [8] There is a level crossing just east of the platforms.[9]

The station mostly serves the village of Skotbu. There are 420 residents within a 1-kilometer (0.62 mi) radius of the station. Despite the low population, the train service has been retained as there is no other public transit for the village, and it would be difficult to establish a bus service to Skotbu.[9]


Skotbu is served with hourly L22 trains operated by the Norwegian State Railways' Oslo Commuter Rail. The run from Oslo via Ski and Skotbu to Mysen or Rakkestad. Travel time is 33 minutes to Oslo S, 10 minutes to Ski and 31 minutes to Mysen. The trains continue onward from Oslo along the Drammen Line terminating at Skøyen Station.[10] The station had 66,000 daily boarding and disembarking passengers in 2012.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e Bjerke & Holom: 48
  2. ^ Magnus: 47
  3. ^ Østlid: 195
  4. ^ Bjerke & Holom: 49
  5. ^ Bjerke & Holom: 37
  6. ^ "Østfold-firma fikk tre stasjonsprosjekter" (in Norwegian). Norwegian National Rail Administration. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Network Statement 2014 Annex Station Overview". Norwegian National Rail Administration. 2014. p. 26. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mysen Station". Norwegian National Rail Administration. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Stasjonstrukturprosjektet Østfolbanen – Østre linje" (PDF). Norwegian National Rail Administration. 1 March 2012. p. 16. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "L22 Skøyen–Oslo S–Mysen". Norwegian State Railways. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "KVU Østre linjes forbindelse til Oslo" (in Norwegian). Norwegian National Rail Administration. p. 28. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 


Preceding station Line Following station
Eastern Østfold Line Tomter
Preceding station Local trains Following station
Kråkstad L22 SkøyenOslo SMysen   Tomter