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Old June 2nd, 2015, 11:23 AM   #81
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Faster train Stockholm-Oslo cancelled.

Svenskene stanser hurtigtog mellom Stockholm og Oslo
SJ stoppar satsningen på snabbtåg till Oslo
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 12:09 PM   #82
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Really? That's a pity. What is the reason?

I am going to travel that route this summer. bahn.de still shows fast X2000 trains for August.
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 07:30 PM   #83
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The reason is engineering works on the Norwegian side.
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Old June 5th, 2015, 05:29 PM   #84
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SJ and Jernbaneverket reach Stockholm - Oslo deal
Friday, June 05, 2015



NORWEGIAN transport minister Mr Ketil Solvik-Olsen announced on June 5 that Swedish national train operator SJ will go ahead as planned with the launch of its accelerated Stockholm – Oslo service on August 9, after Norwegian infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket agreed to postpone infrastructure works on part of the route

Earlier this week SJ said it would not be able to operate its planned X2000 services between the two capitals because Jernbaneverket was planning two-and-a-half years of daytime closures on Kongsvinger Line between Lillestrøm and Kongsvinger from mid-2016 for catenary renewals. However, Jernbaneverket has now agreed to defer the start of these works until 2018 to allow time for planning alternative arrangements during the closures

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Old June 9th, 2015, 07:44 PM   #85
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Bill Maher not impressed by norwegian rail

The coaches look as if they are from the 1950s



Comedians Bill Maher and Lewis Black were not impressed after they have taken the train in Norway.
This weekend they bullied the NSB infront of four million viewers.

When Bill Maher entertained Norwegian fans at Sentrum Scene in Oslo on May 27th, he had taken the train from Stockholm to get there.

And he did not appreciate the train ride, he told his well four million weekly viewers on Friday.

- I've always heard that everything in Europe is so shiny and new, but not everything. This train was slow, it stopped a million times.
Inside, it looked as if it came from the 1950s. And so there was no food. It was just like Amtrak, said Maher.

Had to take bus train
Amtrak, the US railway company, has for years endured heavy criticism for their slow trains, delayed departures and poor comfort level.

The comparison with Amtrak was therefore in no way meant as a compliment from Maher.

Lewis Black, one of the talk show host's guests on Friday, nodded his head vigorously and was famously agreed.

Last June he visited Norway . The memories of the train ride he took the time sitting still well:

- I took the train from Oslo to Trondheim. It is the most beautiful train ride you'll ever take.
But first I had to take the bus for two hours because the train line was undergoing maintennance.
And when I got to the train, I found no water. There was no water on the train and there were six hours worth the trip!

Disliked honking
Black, a frequent contributor to Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show", had several things to gripe NSB:

- As you drive through this beautiful landscape, but there are sheep everywhere and trains spouts absolutely all the time. You can never ... suddenly a "tuut!", So try to relax and then suddenly comes a new "tuut!" It was brutal for a while, said Black:

Before joining with the final comment:

- It made me longed for Amtrak.

- It is not our trains
Some criticism of the allegedly unsatisfactory train journey from Stockholm to Oslo will not NSB take on his mantle.

- The distance from Stockholm to Oslo is not a NSB stretch, but run by the Swedish railway company SJ, commenting communications consultant Erik Lødding in NSB.

SJ has however also plans to install new modern trains on the route.

- Dull that we must ride the bus
Train route from Oslo to Trondheim However NSB responsibility.

- The fact that we have to ride the bus for trains on sections, of course, is boring for anyone who experiences this. Both our customers and we want NSB train always go as normal, without having to run buses on parts of the line. It is also important that Jernbaneverket is allowed to carry out upgrading works on the railway network in Norway, responding Lødding on behalf of NSB. - The consequence of such upgrading works is that Flytoget and NSB have to insert buses on routes where rail is closed to train traffic.

Statutory honk on animals
That it was not water obtainable on the train from Oslo to Trondheim has Lødding trouble understanding.

- Such Gøteborg should always have cafe on board with the sale of several types of drink, says Lødding. - But I can not determine whether there was a cafe on the train that Black ran with, since I did not have the opportunity to examine the retirement he traveled with.

- And what about the honking which kept the American comedian awake?

- When it comes honking, so it is regulated that the driver must honk at level crossings and if he sees animals at the track, said Lødding.

He adds that as he reads excerpts from the talk show seems to him as if Maher and Black generally had a nice trip in Norway and Sweden, and has taken a good deal of humor in the luggage home to the US.

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Old June 15th, 2015, 11:52 AM   #86
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Right now today a political strike is going on in Norway. All trains are stopped until 1PM.


https://www.nsb.no/om-nsb/siste-fra-...streik-15.juni
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Old June 15th, 2015, 11:53 AM   #87
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Political action June 15th

Rail traffic stops throughout Norway on Monday, 15 June 2015 between the hours of 10:00 and 13:00, as a result of a political celebration among members of the Norwegian Locomotive Man Association and Norwegian Railway Association.

Because of the government's proposed Railways Form, encourage unions Norwegian Lokomotiv Mann Association and Norwegian Railway Association of its members to participate in a political celebration Monday 15 June between the hours of 10:00 and at 13:00. During the stoppage there is no alternative transport.

Trains that are underway at this time will stop at the nearest station and wait until the strike ends at 13.00. Customers who bought tickets for these trains, and who do not want to use your tickets may get these refunded.

Information about each train will be available on nsb.no and NSB app.

Rail traffic resumes at 13.00, but delays and certain modes of rail must be expected. Some trains may be canceled or stopped even before 10:00 am.

Expenses for other transportation will not be replaced, but NSB reimburse fully without fee all unused tickets train affected by the strike.

Passengers who have begun their journey, and which is delayed due to a discount by contacting the NSB Service.

NSB regret the inconvenience and promise to do what we can to get the trains quickly on schedule for the shutdown.
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Old July 16th, 2015, 07:59 PM   #88
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360 degree/VR video of the Airport Express train traveling from Drammen to Oslo Airport.


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Old July 17th, 2015, 09:54 PM   #89
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Jernbaneverket awards third Follo Line contract
Friday, July 17, 2015



NORWEGIAN infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket has selected Obrascón Huarte Lain, Spain, for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 3.5km section of the new double-track 22km Follo Line from Oslo Central to Ski

This is the third of six EPC contracts for the Follo Line project, Norway's largest infrastructure project, and encompasses the section from the southern portal of the 20km Follo tunnel in the north to the south of Ski. It also includes the supply of railway systems

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Old August 1st, 2015, 09:18 AM   #90
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steam-ferry Ammonia, Mæl, Norway, Rjukanbanen

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Old August 30th, 2015, 10:59 PM   #91
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After 125 years the Norwegian goverment finally said yes to building Ringeriksbanen. Building of the 40 km new track for Sandvika to Hønefoss will start in 2019 and cut the time from Oslo to Bergen With 1 hour.
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Old August 31st, 2015, 04:32 PM   #92
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Well, then it is up to Hønefoss and Sundvollen to start massive urban development, to make the line profitable.
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Well, then it is up to Hønefoss and Sundvollen to start massive urban development, to make the line profitable.
I travelled the Bergen line two weeks ago. At Hønefoss something interesting happened. This station lies in the bifurcation where the lines to Roa and to Hoksund diverge. We entered the station and stopped on the track leading to Roa. The reason became obvious when it was announced that because of an issue at Drammen we would take an alternative route, and that passengers for stops between Hønefoss and Oslo had to leave the train there and would be bussed to their destination.
I was looking forward to travelling on the Hønefoss - Roa line, which AFAIK doesn't see scheduled passenger traffic anymore.
But alas. The problem at Drammen got solved, and an anouncement was made that we would continue (albeit with a 40 min delay) to Oslo over the normal route. The train was backed out of Hønefoss, then pulled forward again to be on the correct track for Hoksund, Drammen and onwards to Oslo...

I suppose that the Ringeriksline will mean that the quaint station at Hønefoss will become significantly less quaint...

I have a question about the Bergen line services. I noticed that most services are done with B7 stock, but one train is done with modernized B5 stock. Yet this train is the fastest. Why is the train with the oldest rolling stock up to an hour faster then the train with the most modern stock?
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Both B5 and B7s are limited to 160 km/h and the speed limit is mostly far less than 160 km/h. I think the difference in travel time has to do with operational constraints, such as the amount of time the train has to spend in sidings waiting for meeting trains.
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The first railway line in Norway with ERTMS signaling opened for revenue service yesterday: The 80 km "østre linje" (Ski-Sarpsborg) branch of Østfoldbanen, south-east of Oslo. The stations on the line have also been renovated.

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Norwegian track-doubling project completed
Tuesday, December 01, 2015



CAPACITY on the southern section of the Eidsvoll - Lillehammer - Trondheim Dovre Line was increased significantly on December 1, when Norwegian infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket completed construction of a new 17km double-track section between Langset and Kleverud, which runs alongside Lake Mjøsa

The new line, which replaces a single-track alignment dating from 1880, is designed for 200km/h operation, although trains are initially restricted to 80km/h to bed in the track. The line is equipped with concrete sleepers, 60kg/m rails, electronic interlockings, GSM-R, and a fibre-optic telecommunications network

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Fourth Follo Line civil works package awarded
04 Dec 2015





NORWAY: Infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket has awarded two contracts worth in excess of NKr2bn for civil and railway remodelling works as part of the Follo Line project to build a 22 km cut-off to enhance capacity between Oslo and Ski. Running largely in tunnel, the Follo Line is scheduled for completion at the end of 2021.

EPC Civil Oslo S contract is the fourth of five principal civil works contracts to be awarded on the project, and covers construction of track, structures and subgrade for the new alignment between Oslo Sentral and Ekeberg. Worth approximately NKr2bn, this package covers the excavation of a 600 m tunnel to link the main Follo Line bores to the existing network on the approach to Oslo Central. Jernbaneverket has selected Itlaian contractor Condotte to carry out the work, subject to a mandatory standstill period

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Question: What's the deal with this railway?

https://goo.gl/maps/dY2bgnzD2rt

It appears to run between a factory in Kirkenes and a quarry in Bjørnevatn, and does not appear to have a connection with any mainline railroad -- standard or Russian gauge.
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Question: What's the deal with this railway?

https://goo.gl/maps/dY2bgnzD2rt

It appears to run between a factory in Kirkenes and a quarry in Bjørnevatn, and does not appear to have a connection with any mainline railroad -- standard or Russian gauge.
Its an industrial/mineral line. There are instances of such railways being disconnected from anything else in other places in Australia, Africa, and the US. This line IS intended to connect to the Norwegian national network if/when the Polar Line ever reaches the ultimate design plans.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_Line
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