This blog is about trains and places related to railways in Sweden and other countries. Most trips are started from Stockholm.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Västerdalsbanan is a 129km long railway in Dalarna, between Borlänge and Malung.
The railway is non-electrified, and unfortunately since 2011 no passengers trains are operating here. However, cargo trains still does.
Lokstallet in Vansbro (old locomotive depot) is now transformed into a local shopping and business centre.
The railway got upgraded to ERTMS Regional system in 2012, which unfortunately was the reason to why passengers trains is not anymore operating here. It would have been to expensive installing the necessary equipment on the trains.
Vansbro station is one of the most beautiful in Sweden. Vansbro has been an important railway intersection through the years where Inlandsbanan meets the Västerdalsbanan.
In 1974 the last trains went on this part of Inlandsbanan, and the station lost it's importance.
The station is now empty, maybe one day there will be life here again.
Outside the station, there is an old steam train from 1911.
The train has been recently re-painted, so it is shining and looking like new again.
Short history recap about the station.
The platform outside.
Next stop further west is Rågsveden. The station is just outside the timber facility. The cargo trains are operated here.
Further west no trains are operating since 2011. However, the stations are still there. Äppelbo station is on this photo.
Malung Folkhögskola staion.
Malung gymnasium station.
And the last stop along the Västerdalsbanan is Malung. The tracks were continuing even further to Sälen, but since 1969 no trains or even rail tracks are in place.
Malung station is also a beauty.
Here one can see remains from the diesel trains on the tracks.
Beautiful nature is just outside the train station.
Further to the east, several nice stations can be found. Many of the station building are of the same type and very typical as all buildings in this part of Dalarna.
Here is Dala-Järna station.
The station is now used for living, the platform is on the other side.
Nås station. The old station house is further down.
Same style as in Dala-Järna.
Build in the style of national romanticism and art nouveau (jugendstil).
All the details are intact.
Old SJ phone number.
Fänforsen, a rapid in Västerdalälven just outside Björbo.
It is 600m long, and has a fall of 9m.
One of many several railway bridges over Västerdalälven.