Dovrebanen at Kvam Station
Overview Type Railway Termini Oslo S
Stations 25 Operation Opened 1921 Owner Norwegian National Rail Administration Operator(s) Norges Statsbaner
Rolling stock BM73, El 18 Technical Line length 553 km No. of tracks Single Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) Electrification 15 kV 16⅔ Hz AC Route mapLegend Meråker Line Trondheim Central Station Skansen Bridge Skansen Station Nidareid Tunnel Marienborg Station Stavne–Leangen Line Stavne Hoem Tunnel Selsbakk Station Selsbakk Tunnel Lerbroelva Bridge Heimdal Station Hegstad Closed 1987 Kvammen Closed 1987 Melhus Melhus Station Kvål Station Ler Station Lundesokna bridge Lundamo Station Gulfoss Closed 1993 Gulfossen Bridge Hovin Station Støren Røros Line Basmoen Snøan Soknedal Garli Thamshavn Line Berkåk Station Ulsberg Orkla Bridge Orkla Tunnel Granholtet Closed 1951 Indsetveien Closed 1966 Gisna Closed 1966 Byna Bridge Fagerhaug Myrplass Closed 1966 Rønningen Closed 1951 Garå Closed 1966 Oppdal Station Hevle Closed 1966 Driva Holan Kolstad Tunnel Drivstua Driva Øilien Tunnel Klemma Tunnel Kleivane Tunnel Stølan Tunnel Hestekrubben Tunnel Grimsdal Tunnel Nystubekk Tunnel Høgsnyta Tunnel Gammelhullet Tunnel Kongsvoll Station Svoni Point of highest elevation 1024.4 m Hjerkinn Station Gjeitberget Tunnel Vålåsjø Fokstua Grønbogen Tunnel Rauma Line Dombås Tunnel Dombås Station Dovre Station Tallerås Bridge Brennhaug Sel Otta Station Sjoa Kvam Station Vinstra Station Harpefoss Hundtorp Ringebu Station Kvitfjell Fåvang Losna Tretten Øyer Hafjell Hunderfossen Station Hunder Fåberg Hovemoen Lillehammer Station Bergseng Brøttum Ring Moelv Station Ringsaker Rudshøgda Veldre Brumunddal Station Jessnes Nordvika Hamar Station Røros Line Akersvika Ottestad Stange Station Sørli Timber freight terminal Steinsrud Tangen Station Skaberud Espa Strandlykkja Skrårud Closed 1980 Morskogen Korslund Closed 1980 Ørbekk Closed 1980 Minnesund Bridge Minnesund Bunes Closed 1980 Dokknes Closed 1967 Eidsvoll Station Trunk Line 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 The 64 km section south of Eidsvoll has been replaced by the Gardermo Line, the only high-speed line in the country.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.
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.
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.
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.
(note: most trains do not stop at the smaller stations)
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