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Old May 31st, 2014, 10:32 PM   #61
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Gjøvikbanen just north of Movatn station, on the boarder of Oslo and Akershus county.
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Old June 25th, 2014, 05:14 PM   #62
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Study recommends upgrading Kiruna - Narvik iron-ore line
Wednesday, June 25, 2014



A JOINT study by the Norwegian and Swedish infrastructure managers, Jernbaneverket and Trafikverket, recommends upgrading the heavy-haul line linking Kiruna and Narvik to meet a forecast growth in traffic.

The study shows that demand for iron-ore traffic from mines in Sweden and eventually Finland could require an increase in the number of trains a day from 20 to 44 by 2020, while the number of conventional freight trains is expected to rise from eight to between 12 and 26 a day and the number of daily passenger trains could double from six to 12. The study says that upgrading the line to double track is therefore both necessary and economically viable.
"It has long been clear that the capacity on the route must be expanded," says Mr Gunnar Markussen, a member of the working group. "Until now this has been resolved with a gradual expansion of capacity, with new and longer passing loops while the axleload has been increased to 30 tonnes. But all the research shows that this will no longer be sufficient to meet the needs of the market."

The working group says that more work is needed to decide how to fund and manage the upgrade. Several options are possible such as direct grants through an agreement between Norway and Sweden, or by setting up a joint venture company, or through a public-private partnership deal, or by converting Ofotbanen and Malmbanan, which currently operate the line, into a jointly-owned infrastructure company.

The study also recommends the establishment of a joint project between Jernbaneverket and Trafikverket to plan and develop the project, especially as the installation of ERTMS will require considerable coordination. The study also wants Jernbaneverket and Trafikverket to harmonise technical and operating rules as well as traffic management on the route.

The study says the two infrastructure managers should establish their own agreements with train operating companies to create the necessary predictability and lowest risk for all parties, and it recommends the introduction of access charges based on the ability of the various operators to pay.

The study says the upgrading work should be implemented incrementally so that the benefits can be realised as work on each section is completed
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Old July 30th, 2014, 03:54 PM   #63
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Nedrain released a picture of a refurbished class 73 carriage.
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Old August 19th, 2014, 09:31 PM   #64
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Rejlers to advise Norwegian rail network expansion scheme
19 AUG, 2014



Jernbaneverket has appointed engineering consultancy Rejlers to support a major expansion of Norway’s main line rail network.

The Norwegian government is investing NOK 168 billion over the next 10 years to almost double the length of Norway’s rail network, including constructing new lines between Oslo and Hamar and between Tønsberg and Seut

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Old October 8th, 2014, 03:38 PM   #65
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Norway unveils record rail budget
Wednesday, October 08, 2014



THE Norwegian government has revealed plans to increase spending on the country's railway network to record levels next year as part of the 2015 state budget, which was announced on October 8.

The NKr 22bn ($US 3.4bn) transport budget allocates NK 17.7bn to Jernbaneverket for maintenance, operation, and upgrading of the network, an increase of 9.3% on the infrastructure manager's budget for 2014.

Jernbaneverket's acting director general Mr Gunnar Løvås welcomed the announcement but warned that funds would be insufficient to reduce its NKr 17bn maintenance backlog. "We are very pleased with this proposed budget but it provides us with NKr 210m less than we would need to prevent the backlog increasing," Løvås says.

Key projects for 2015 will include the completion of track-doubling on a 17km section of the Oslo – Lillehammer line along Lake Mjøsa north of Minnesund and construction of Oslo's Follo Line.

The budget also includes NKr 3.2bn for the operation of passenger services, a 4.9% increase compared with this year.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 02:57 AM   #66
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Is true to say that it is not possible to invest in High Speed Rails in Norway because its lands have a lot of Mountains and Lakes?
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Old December 13th, 2014, 03:45 AM   #67
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Is true to say that it is not possible to invest in High Speed Rails in Norway because its lands have a lot of Mountains and Lakes?
Only maybe. Japan also has a lot of mountains and lakes (and earthquakes). It would only be this in combination with a lack of population (and population density) that would hinder HSR. The rugged terrain means that a larger population either along the route or at the various destinations is necessary to make the route economically viable.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 04:13 AM   #68
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Is true to say that it is not possible to invest in High Speed Rails in Norway because its lands have a lot of Mountains and Lakes?
it's all about the population density. It would not make sense such a massive transport infrastructure like an HSR if there isn't too much population to serve it. Well that, and if a country can actually afford the costs of building HSR lines, and other variables (I can't think of anyone right now sorry lol)
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Old February 9th, 2015, 05:11 PM   #69
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Four injured in accident at Trondheim Central Station
A train ran into a buffer stop at Central Station in Trondheim.

What is the cause of the accident is not yet clear. Mogstad suggests that the accident may have something with the storm in recent days to do.

- NSB suggests that seawater may have played a role, says Mogstad. AIBN is on its way from Oslo, and they will investigate the cause, says efforts to adressa.no leader.

What happened was that the train from Røros failed to stop when it got to the station.

According efforts manager on site is so far no indication that the train had high speed inside the station. He said that they also have tested train drivers for intoxication, but that nothing suggests that the driver was affected.

- NSB measurements of the area to be examined in the investigation, but we have no reason to believe that the train has run too fast, says Mogstad.

The speed limit inside the station is 30 km / h. NSB has routinely notified AIBN, which will investigate the train to find the possible cause of the accident.


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Old February 9th, 2015, 05:37 PM   #70
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Arendalsbanen upgraded
09 Feb 2015



NORWAY: The 37 km Nelaug – Arendal branch has reopened following a suspension of services to permit the installation of new signalling and automatic train control systems.

The route had previously operated under special rules. However, the installation of modern signalling was seen as vital for its continued long-term operation, according to infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket

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Old February 10th, 2015, 10:38 AM   #71
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Yesterday a CargoNet operated freight trein derailed near Gryta, blocking the Bergensbanen between Finse and Haugastøl. Today NSB trains are running Bergen - Finse and Ål - Oslo, replacement buses are running on routes as long as Bergen - Gol (300 km).


The derailed Vectron locomotive

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Old February 10th, 2015, 11:33 AM   #72
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Yesterday a CargoNet operated freight trein derailed near Gyrte, blocking the Bergensbanen between Finse and Haugastøl.


Several landslides create trouble for the Norland Railway.
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Old February 25th, 2015, 08:00 PM   #73
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Jernbaneverket awards Follo Line tunnel contact
Wednesday, February 25, 2015



NORWAY's infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket has awarded the first of five engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts to Condotte, Italy, for the 22km Follo Line linking Oslo Central and Ski

The contract, which involves tunnel excavation using drill and blast and drill and split techniques, is worth NKr 1.2bn ($US 158.5m). Condotte is currently the main contractor for the Ceneri base tunnel in Switzerland

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Old February 26th, 2015, 11:08 AM   #74
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Frequency Stockholm-Oslo to increase from two to three trains a day this August. Travel time reduced from 6 hours to 4 hours 37 minutes, only stopping in Karlstad and Arvika (and possibly Kongsvinger depending on political pressure).

Reisetiden mellom Oslo og Stockholm skal kuttes med halvannen time
Kuttet reisetiden mellom grensen og Oslo med 20 min - uten investeringer
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Old March 4th, 2015, 01:10 PM   #75
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Norwegian railway workers are too expensive



The jobs are threatened. From April 1th. Swedish train drivers serve as "ground crew" in Narvik.

This is information from the Norwegian Railway Association.
- This is clearly illegal. It surprises us that Cargolink does not see this, and follow to the enployment rules.
The employees in Narvik are subject to an undertaking, and therefore entitled to stand in their jobs.

Vice chairman of the Norwegian Railway Association has made the trip to Narvik to assist its members
who are in danger of losing their jobs as terminal workers of the Schenker NRE trains.

A discussion meeting with the employer Cargolink Wednesday leaves according to the Norwegian Railway Association,
little doubt that most positions in Narvik are going to be removed.

http://www.fremover.no/Fra_1__april_...-17-26280.html

~MORE NEWS~

The Meråker-line reopened.

From March 2nd the trains throughout the Meråker-line will be in service again.
The stretch Kopperå (N) - Storlien (S) has been closed for over a year on the Swedish side because of problems with a rail filling.

http://www.jernbaneverket.no/no/Nyhe...-over-grensen/

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Old March 23rd, 2015, 05:51 PM   #76
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Flytoget orders CAF Oaris trainsets
23 Mar 2015



NORWAY: Oslo Gardermoen airport rail link operator Flytoget has awarded CAF a €120m contract to supply eight four-car Oaris trainsets, along with spare parts and technical support.

The new electric multiple-units are scheduled to enter services from early 2018, supplementing Flytoget’s current fleet of 16 Adtranz EMUs on services between Oslo C station and the airport and allowing a more intensive service to Lysaker. According to Flytoget CEO Linda Silseth the additional capacity is needed to support expansion at of the airport and increase rail’s market share

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What is with project "Arctic Railways" ??? between Finland and North Norway..
http://barentsobserver.com/en/busine...-railway-07-02
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Follo Line construction timelapse:

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Old May 15th, 2015, 09:58 AM   #79
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Norway sets out plans for railway reform
14 May 2015



NORWAY: Proposals for reform of the railway sector have been announced by Minister of Transport & Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen and representatives from the government parties Høyre and Fremskrittspartiet and their parliamentary support parties Venstre and Kristelig Folkeparti. A white paper was published on May 12 and is to be presented to parliament in the near future.

‘The current organisation is not fully suited to purpose, and the major participants in the railway sector have been asking for a reform, a fact that serves to emphasise the need for systemic change’, said Solvik-Olsen. Current concerns include unclear divisions of responsibility, weak economic incentives and a lack of customer focus. The government envisages that that co-ordination with other modes could be improved, while competition could increase efficiency and innovation.
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If my memory serves me correctly, Norway wanted to do the same a couple of years ago (which is why NSB Gjøvikbanen even exists) but the plans were reversed by a subsequent government?
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