Spikkestad

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Spikkestad rail station
Elopak in Spikkestad

Spikkestad is an urban area in the Røyken municipality in Buskerud, Norway. Its current population is between 2000 and 3000.[1]

Spikkestad is located in the northern part of the peninsula of Hurumlandet, closer to the Drammensfjord than the Oslo Fjord. Spikkestad railway station was opened in 1885 to link Asker to Drammen. The village was named after the farm "Spikkestad", as the station was built on its lands. In the early 1970s, a tunnel was built which made the trip between these places shorter, and most of the train track was closed. Spikkestad became the end terminus of Spikkestadbanen, and there are still trains running every half-hour.Spikkestad is also accessible by car. It is only a short trip off the Norwegian National Road 23 (Riksvei 23), which links Drammen and Drøbak. Drammen is the closest large city, only 11 km away from Spikkestad. [2]

During the industrialization of the town at the end of the 19th century, factories and schools, as well as an influx of new inhabitants made the village into more than just a train station. The manufacturing company Elopak was founded in Spikkestad in 1957. [3]

Spikkestad and the area surrounding it have a long history dating back to the viking era. Once a year, the community organizes an historic walk (Oldtidsveien), which travels along sites such as a historic burial site. It runs from Gullaug on the Drammen Fjord to Slemmestad on the Oslo Fjord.[4]

Coordinates: 59°44′39.00″N 10°20′24.00″E / 59.7441667°N 10.3400000°E / 59.7441667; 10.3400000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geir Thorsnæs. "Spikkestad". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Geir Thorsnæs. "Hurumlandet". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Trond Gram. "Elopak AS". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Frans-Arne Stylegar. "Oldtidsveien". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2017.

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