Nordland Line

Nordland Line

An NSB Di 4 unit on the Nordland Line at Saltfjellet
Overview
Type Railway
System Norwegian railway
Termini Trondheim Central Station
Bodø Station
Stations 43
Operation
Opened 1882 (to Hell)
1962 (to Bodø)
Owner Norwegian National Rail Administration
Operator(s) Norges Statsbaner
CargoNet
Cargolink
Character Long-haul passenger/freigh
Commuter trains
Rolling stock Class92, Class 93, Di 4, CD66
Technical
Line length 729 kilometres (453 mi)
No. of tracks Single
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification No
Route map
Head station
728.75 km Bodø (1961)
Junction to left
branch line to Dreyfushammaren
Stop on track
720.72 km Mørkved (1987)
Unknown BSicon "eDST"
719.38 km Støver (1962)
Unknown BSicon "eDST"
710.75 km Tverrlandet (1961)
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
704.00 km Oteråga (1962)
Stop on track
685.62 km Valnesfjord (2001)
Enter and exit tunnel
Sommarsetlia (ca. 2,000 m)
Junction from left
Polar Line started during WWII
Station on track
674.23 km Fauske (1958)
Junction from left
Sulitjelma Line (abandoned)
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Finneid (1956)
Enter and exit tunnel
Tuva (ca. 1,400 m)
Enter and exit tunnel
Langrudodden (ca. 1,300 m)
Enter and exit tunnel
Skruhammaren (ca. 1,100 m)
Non-passenger station/depot on track
660.12 km Setså (1958)
Enter and exit tunnel
Nonshøgda (ca. 1,000 m)
Station on track
647.76 km Rognan (1958)
Junction to right
branch line
Station on track
634.44 km Røkland (1955)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
627.00 km Rusåga (1955)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
621.45 km Trettnes (1955)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
610.80 km Kjemåga (1955)
Station on track
602.15 km Lønsdal (1947)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
592.42 km Semska (1947)
Underbridge
Highest point 680 m asl
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
581.46 km Stødi (1947)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
579.30 km Arctic Circle (1993–2004)
Station on track
571.09 km Bolna (1947)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
561.83 km Krokstrand (1947–1989)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
552.17 km Hjartåsen (1947)
Station on track
543.05 km Dunderland (1945)
Junction from right
branch line to Ørtfjellmoen
Station on track
535.49 km Ørtfjell (1945–1959)
Station on track
534.63 km Ørtfjell (1983)
Stop on track
527.35 km Grønfjelldal (1942-1974)
Restricted border on track
Dunderland Line start
Junction from right
branch line to Storforsen
Unknown BSicon "eDST"
522.88 km Storforshei (1942)
Enter and exit tunnel
Illhollia (ca. 1,700 m)
Station on track
512.65 km Skonseng (1942)
Stop on track
506.51 km Mjølalia (1942)
Non-passenger station/depot on track
500.85 km Gullsmedvik (1942)
Junction to right
branch line to Rana Gruber
Junction to left
branch line to Mellomvika
Non-passenger station/depot on track
Mo i Rana Freight Terminal
Station on track
497.98 km Mo i Rana (1942)
Junction from right
branch line to Mo industripark
Stop on track
485.77 km Dalselv (1942)
Stop on track
473.05 km Finneidfjord (1942)
Station on track
468.68 km Bjerka (1942)
Station on track
464.85 km Røsså (1942)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
458.82 km Selhornvik (1942)
Enter and exit tunnel
Hattneset (ca. 1,600 m)
Station on track
447.61 km Elsfjord (1941)
Station on track
440.77 km Dreyvatn (1941)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
432.03 km Toven (1941)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
425.21 km Drevja (1941)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
423.31 km Forsmo (1946)
Junction to left
industrial track to Arbor Mosjøen
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
419.49 km Holandsvika (1941)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
414.62 km Søfting (1941–1989)
Enter and exit tunnel
Åsmulen (ca. 1,050 m)
Junction from right
track to Mosjøen
Station on track
406.01 km Mosjøen (1940)
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
393.78 km Kvalfors (1940)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
378.63 km Laksfors (1940)
Station on track
367.24 km Trofors (1940)
Station on track
354.49 km Svenningdal (1940)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
339.37 km Holmvassås (1940)
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
331.69 km Sefrivatn (1940)
Junction to left
branch line to Sefrivatn pukkverk
Station on track
321.74 km Majavatn (1940)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
313.04 km Smalåsen (1940)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
302.57 km Bjørnstad (1940)
Station on track
290.25 km Namsskogan (1940)
Junction from right
branch line
Junction to right
branch line
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
277.27 km Brekkvasselv (1940)
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
266.05 km Flåtådal (1940)
Station on track
254.64 km Lassemoen (1940)
Bridge over water
Folmerelva (ca. 90 m)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
243.68 km Aunfoss (1940)
Station on track
235.79 km Harran (1940)
Enter and exit tunnel
Gløshaugen (ca. 1,050 m)
Station on track
228.66 km Gartland (1940)
Enter and exit tunnel
Husfjellet (ca. 2,600 m)
Station on track
219.54 km Grong (1929)
Junction to right
Namsos Line
Unknown BSicon "eDST"
199.06 km Lurudal (1929)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
194.66 km Myrset (1929)
Station on track
181.64 km Snåsa (1926)
Stop on track
173.57 km Jørstad (1926)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Heggesbekk ( -1972)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
154.10 km Valøy (1926)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Tiltnes ( -1987)
Unknown BSicon "eDST"
136.66 km Sunnan (1905)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
133.17 km Fossemvatnet (1909-1972)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
130.34 km Byafossen (1905)
Junction from right
branch line to Nordsidleiret (abandoned)
Station on track
125.50 km Steinkjer (1905)
Junction to right
branch line to Sørsidleiret port
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
118.76 km Vist (1905-1990)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
114.84 km Mære (1917)
Station on track
112.93 km Sparbu (1905)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Vollan ( -1990)
Station on track
105.47 km Røra (1905)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Bjørga
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Fleskhus
Station on track
96.23 km Verdal (1904)
Junction from right
branch line to Verdal port
Stop on track
93.70 km Bergsgrav (1977)
Junction to right
Rinnan sidespor
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
91.63 km Rinnan (1904)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Østborg
Stop on track
85.18 km HiNT (2001)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
84.54 km Elberg (1968)
Junction from right
branch line to Havnevegen
Station on track
83.90 km Levanger (1902)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
83.30 km Sykehuset Levanger
Stop on track
Eggen (1938)
Station on track
76.01 km Skogn (1902)
Junction to right
branch line to Fiborgtangen
Station on track
69.65 km Ronglan (1902)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
64.83 km Hammerberg (1939)
Station on track
61.40 km Åsen (1902)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
57.43 km Vudu (1950)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
50.55 km Langstein (1902)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
44.94 km Alstad (1902-1993)
Station on track
41.90 km Skatval
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Vold
Station on track
34.67 km Stjørdal (1902)
Junction from right
branch line
Station on track Airport
Trondheim Airport (1994)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Sandferhus ( -1989)
Junction from left
Meråker Line
Station on track
31.54 km Hell (1881)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
27.70 km Muruvik (1921)
Junction to left
27.68 branch line to Muruvika
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
25.10 km Solbakken (1959)
Junction from left
branch line to Hommelvik port
Bridge over water
23.75 km Homla (85.8 m)
Station on track
23.14 km Hommelvik (1881)
Junction to left
branch line to Hommelvik port
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
22.30 km Hallstad (1912)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
20.36 km Roten
Non-passenger station/depot on track
18.55 km Midtsandan (1898)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
16.62 km Torp
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
15.90 km Nedre Malvik
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
15.53 km Haugan
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
14.77 km Malvik (1881)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
13.76 km Vikhamarløkka
Station on track
12.69 km Vikhammer (1893)
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
11.71 km Saksvik
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
11.08 km Hundhammeren
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Være
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
7.42 km Ranheim (1881)
Junction from right
industrial track to Ranheim Papirfabrikk
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
6.63 km Presthus
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
4.91 km Charlottenlund (1899)
Stop on track
4.45 km Rotvoll (1909)
Station on track
3.49 km Leangen (1881)
Junction from right
Stavne–Leangen Line
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
2.91 km Ladalen (1989)
Stop on track
1.77 km Lilleby (1967)
Junction to left
1.02 km branch to Nedre Elvehavn
Stop on track
0.99 km Lademoen (1904)
Station on track
0.00 km Trondheim S (1881)

The Nordland Line (Norwegian: Nordlandsbanen) is a railway line between Trondheim and Bodø in Norway. Running for approximately 729 km, it is the Norwegian railway system's longest line, and the only one in Norway to cross the Arctic Circle. It is owned by the Norwegian National Rail Administration. Though the Ofoten Line is further north, it only connects to the rest of the Norwegian network through Sweden.

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Operations

The line originally split from the Meråker Line at Hell Station 31 kilometres (19 mi) north of Trondheim, but this stretch has been reclassified by the Norwegian National Rail Administration as part of the Nordland Line.[1] After Hell the railway passes through the towns of Stjørdal, Levanger, Verdal, Steinkjer, Mosjøen, Mo i Rana and Fauske before reaching Bodø. The line has three branch lines: the Meråker Line (to Sweden), the Namsos Line and Sulitjelma Line. The latter two are currently disused and the Sulitjelma Line has been removed.

Unlike most of the Norwegian rail network, the Nordlands Line is not electrified. Passenger traffic is fairly heavy between Trondheim and Steinkjer through the commuter train service Trønderbanen, but is significantly lighter further north. Most passenger services are provided by diesel multiple units (DMU), while the night train service, conveying sleeping cars is locomotive-hauled. The use of DMUs on Norway's longest railway route has been somewhat controversial, given the lower level of comfort offered by this type of train. In February 2007, NSB announced reintroduction of traditional locomotive-hauled trains for the full distance day train.[2]

History

The first part of the route towards Bodø, from Trondheim to Hell, was opened in 1882 as part of the Meråker Line, which links Trondheim to the Swedish border and the Swedish railway system (Mittbanan). The new Hell–Sunnan Line was built branching off from the Meråker Line reaching Levanger in 1902, Verdal in 1904 and Sunnan in 1905. It subsequently reached Snåsa in 1926 and Grong in 1929. The branch line from Grong to Namsos, the Namsos Line, was opened in 1933. Before the German invasion of Norway in 1940, the Nordland Line had reached Mosjøen. Construction continued under German supervision during the war, and by 1945 it had reached Dunderland. The section to Fauske opened in 1958 and the final part to Bodø opened in 1962. During the occupation Germany forces started building an extension of the railway from Fauske to Narvik, the Polar Line, but this was never completed during the war, and abandoned by Norwegian authorities afterwards.

During World War II, the Nordland Line was among the lines targeted by saboteurs, and the Jørstad River bridge sabotage in 1945 resulted in the deaths of 70–80 German troops.

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References

The train station in Bodø
Fauske Station
Rognan Station
Saltfjellet
Lønsdal Station
Dunderland Station
Bjerka Station
Trofors Station
Namsskogan Station
Lassemoen Station
Grong Station
Snåsa Station
Jørstad Station

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