Dovre Line

Dovre Line

Dovrebanen at Kvam Station
Overview
Type Railway
Termini Oslo S
Trondheim S
Stations 25
Operation
Opened 1921
Owner Norwegian National Rail Administration
Operator(s) Norges Statsbaner
CargoNet
Rolling stock BM73, El 18
Technical
Line length 553 km
No. of tracks Single
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 15 kV 16⅔ Hz AC
Route map
Legend
Straight track
Meråker Line
Station on track
Trondheim Central Station
Bridge over water
Skansen Bridge
Stop on track
Skansen Station
Enter and exit tunnel
Nidareid Tunnel
Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "ABZdf" Track turning from right
Non-passenger end station Stop on track Stop on track
Marienborg Station
Track turning left Unknown BSicon "KRZo"
Stavne–Leangen Line
Track turning from left Track turning right
Stop on track
Stavne
Enter and exit tunnel
Hoem Tunnel
Stop on track
Selsbakk Station
Enter and exit tunnel
Selsbakk Tunnel
Bridge over water
Lerbroelva Bridge
Station on track
Heimdal Station
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Hegstad Closed 1987
Unknown BSicon "AKRZo"
Tabliczka E6.svg
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Kvammen Closed 1987
Stop on track
Melhus
Stop on track
Melhus Station
Stop on track
Kvål Station
Stop on track
Ler Station
Bridge over water
Lundesokna bridge
Stop on track
Lundamo Station
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Gulfoss Closed 1993
Bridge over water
Gulfossen Bridge
Stop on track
Hovin Station
Station on track
Støren
Junction to left Track turning from right
Røros Line
Stop on track
Basmoen
Stop on track
Snøan
Stop on track
Soknedal
Stop on track
Garli
Unknown BSicon "exKBHFr" Straight track
Thamshavn Line
Station on track
Berkåk Station
Stop on track
Ulsberg
Bridge over water
Orkla Bridge
Enter and exit tunnel
Orkla Tunnel
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Granholtet Closed 1951
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Indsetveien Closed 1966
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Gisna Closed 1966
Bridge over water
Byna Bridge
Stop on track
Fagerhaug
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Myrplass Closed 1966
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Rønningen Closed 1951
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Garå Closed 1966
Station on track
Oppdal Station
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Hevle Closed 1966
Stop on track
Driva
Bridge over water
Holan
Enter and exit tunnel
Kolstad Tunnel
Stop on track
Drivstua
Bridge over water
Driva
Enter and exit short tunnel
Øilien Tunnel
Enter and exit short tunnel
Klemma Tunnel
Enter and exit short tunnel
Kleivane Tunnel
Enter and exit short tunnel
Stølan Tunnel
Enter and exit short tunnel
Hestekrubben Tunnel
Enter and exit short tunnel
Grimsdal Tunnel
Enter and exit short tunnel
Nystubekk Tunnel
Enter and exit short tunnel
Høgsnyta Tunnel
Enter and exit short tunnel
Gammelhullet Tunnel
Station on track
Kongsvoll Station
Bridge over water
Svoni
Unrestricted border on track
Point of highest elevation 1024.4 m
Station on track
Hjerkinn Station
Enter and exit tunnel
Gjeitberget Tunnel
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Vålåsjø
Stop on track
Fokstua
Enter and exit tunnel
Grønbogen Tunnel
Track turning from right Straight track
Rauma Line
Enter and exit tunnel Enter and exit tunnel
Dombås Tunnel
Track turning left Junction from right
Station on track
Dombås Station
Stop on track
Dovre Station
Bridge over water
Tallerås Bridge
Stop on track
Brennhaug
Stop on track
Sel
Station on track
Otta Station
Stop on track
Sjoa
Stop on track
Kvam Station
Station on track
Vinstra Station
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Harpefoss
Stop on track
Hundtorp
Station on track
Ringebu Station
Stop on track
Kvitfjell
Stop on track
Fåvang
Stop on track
Losna
Stop on track
Tretten
Stop on track
Øyer
Stop on track
Hafjell
Stop on track
Hunderfossen Station
Stop on track
Hunder
Stop on track
Fåberg
Non-passenger station/depot on track
Hovemoen
Station on track
Lillehammer Station
Stop on track
Bergseng
Stop on track
Brøttum
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Ring
Stop on track
Moelv Station
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Ringsaker
Stop on track
Rudshøgda
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Veldre
Stop on track
Brumunddal Station
Stop on track
Jessnes
Stop on track
Nordvika
Station on track
Hamar Station
Junction to left Track turning right
Røros Line
Bridge over water
Akersvika
Stop on track
Ottestad
Stop on track
Stange Station
Non-passenger station/depot on track
Sørli Timber freight terminal
Stop on track
Steinsrud
Stop on track
Tangen Station
Stop on track
Skaberud
Stop on track
Espa
Stop on track
Strandlykkja
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Skrårud Closed 1980
Stop on track
Morskogen
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Korslund Closed 1980
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Ørbekk Closed 1980
Bridge over water
Minnesund Bridge
Stop on track
Minnesund
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Bunes Closed 1980
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Dokknes Closed 1967
Station on track
Eidsvoll Station
Junction to left
Trunk Line
Straight track
Gardermoen Line

The Dovre Line (Norwegian: Dovrebanen) is the main line of the Norwegian railway system between Oslo and Trondheim. The 64 km section south of Eidsvoll has been replaced by the Gardermo Line, the only high-speed line in the country. The line between Eidsvoll and Dombås is from old times the Eidsvoll–Dombås Line. The line from Støren to Trondheim is called the Støren Line. The entire line from Oslo to Trondheim is 553 km. It is a more heavily traveled line than the older Røros Line and is electrified. Before electrification, Dovrebanen was served by some of Norway's largest steam locomotives, the 2-8-4 NSB Class 49 "Dovregubben" ("Dovre Giant").

Compared to the Røros Line, the Dovre Line takes a more westerly course running through the town of Lillehammer and over the mountainous stretches of Dovre, before merging with the Røros Line again at Støren. There is one branch line, the Rauma Line which leaves the Dovre Line at Dombås.

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Service

Norges Statsbaner is the sole operator of passenger services on Dovrebanen. In each direction they operate four express trains between Oslo and Trondheim, of which two daily departures with the tilting Type 73 units, offering travel times down to 6:37, with departures in the morning and afternoon. There is also a locomotive-hauled afternoon train and a night train with sleeper cars. In addition there is a morning service from Dombås to Oslo. At Dombås there is correspondence with Møre og Romsdal via the Rauma Line.

The southern part of the line has hourly departures with InterCity Express trains from Lillehammer to Oslo. In the northern end, the Dovre Line is served by the Trøndelag Commuter Rail.

Accidents

The line was completed and officially opened on 17 September 1921. The inauguration ended on a tragic note when the train returning from the celebrations collided just after leaving Trondheim in the Nidareid train disaster the next day. The worst Norwegian railway disaster in peacetime also happened on the Dovre Line on 22 February 1975 when two trains collided one kilometre north of Tretten station, killing 27 people and wounding 25. There were approximately 800 people on the two trains.

Future plans

The government has plans for building double track on the section between Eidsvold and Doknes and Minnesund–Kleverud–Steinsrud between 2010 and 2019, to increase the speed and capacity on the today very crowded section between Eidsvold and Hamar. There are also plans for new crossing sections and expand existing crossing sections to at least 600 meters. For a later introduction there are plans of double track all the way between Eidsvold and Hamar. These plan have no timeplan, but are included in the long-term plan until year 2040.

External links

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