Saturday, July 25, 2015

Örebro and surroundings

This rainy summer, the last week in July was spent on exploring the railways in the middle of Sweden. Starting here with Örebro and nearby places.
 Värmlandsbanan is a railway between Laxå and Charlottenberg (close to Norway). Recently SJ started an X2000 service from Stockholm to Oslo. There are future plans for a new high speed railway that would probably take a more northern path than current railway. Here is a photo of the part between Svartå and Hasselfors.
 Hasselfors station was closed 1973. The station is now used for loading timber from a nearby facility.
 Porla brunn with its mineral spring was a famous resort in the early 1900s. Nearby railway had a summer station.
 The only reminder of the station is this sign.
 Porla station.
 Värmlandsbanan towards west.
 Just few km from Porla Värmlandsbanan is connecting to Västra Stambanan, the first stop on the way towards Stockholm was Linddalen. The stop was closed 1970.
 Hallsberg railway yard is the largest in Nordic due to its central location in Scandinavia.

 Hallsberg pedestrian bridge at the station was build at the beginning of the 1990s, same time as X2000 high speed train was introduced. Still today, it is a landmark of Hallsberg and can be viewed far away.
 In Hallsberg, Västra stambanan meets Godstråket genom Bergslagen.
 Here is a cargo train heading north at Godsstråket genom Bergslagen railway.
 Hectorrail is a Swedish cargo company operating trains from north of Sweden and to/from Germany. Here is one of their Siemens Eurosprinter ES64F4 locomotives.
 Transwaggon is a German company renting freight wagons.
 Kumla station built by Folke Zettervall, an architect of many stations is Sweden.
 Kumla station was inspired by the works of an american architect Henry Hobson Richardson at the beginning of 1900s. The station is build from the rocks of limestone outcrop in nearby Yxhult.
 X40 train is passing by.
 The view from Kumla station southward.
 Säbylund was a small stop until closure 1963.
 The view from Säbylund.
 The old Svartåbanan railway was covered in one of my earlier posts this year. The railway was demolished 1985, but the rest of it can still be found here and there. Here is the part close to Örebro, which is now used as a bike road.
 I forgot to mention horses are allowed too.
 Here is one at the old Östertysslinge station building.
 The station building and this sign was bough by a private person, thus it could be remained and now viewed by the public.
 Örebro kommun is now taking care of it.
 Here and there signs of the old railway can be found.
 Lindbacka station
 The platform is still there.
 Svartån is one of the longest rivers in Närke region. The bridge in the background is the old railway bridge.
 Here it is transformed to bike/horse road.
 On the bridge this sign, must be the distance from Stockholm.
 Closer to Örebro, the railway tracks are still there.
 This is the place where the tracks ends.
 Örebro has 2 stations, the second one after the central is this one - Örebro södra (south).
 Even though it is only 1km from the main station, it is still in use, and many locals are using it.
 X40 train is approaching Örebro södra.
 Örebro södra has today a close location to the main shopping mall of Örebro - Krämaren, and it is even possible to buy a ticket between Örebro C and Örebro södra, the price is 30SEK.
 The train is disappearing in dark clouds of this summer.
 Örebro Open Art is arranging the largest biennale in Scandinavia this year. Here is "Installation Nomade" by French artist Guy Lorgeret. The installation consist of 30 dolls on bicycles placed on river Svartån.

 "Traffic Island" by Yukako Ando.
 "Conciencia" by Alicia Martin.

 Mosås station was also created by Folke Zettervall, and can be viewed as a light version of Kumla station. It has been closed since 1970.

 Since 2014, the local fans have been building a model version of Hallsberg railway station. It is open during summer for visitors.

 Outside is the real railway.

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