Friday, May 6, 2016

Scandinavian circle 2 - Denmark part 1

The second Scandinavian circle is taking place from Stockholm to Copenhagen, Odense, Fredrikshavn to Göteborg and back to Stockholm. Initial plan to take trains was changed to a car, but the route is the same.
 First some stops in south of Sweden, in Skåne. Klippan station
 Klippan station is placed along Helsingborg - Hässleholm railway.
 Åstorp station
 Crossing the Öresund strait to Copenhagen. The local commuter train system S-tog is using modern CBTC railway signalling system (red and white triangles) which is similar with ERTMS level 3. The first line to use this system is between Hillerød and Jægersborg.
 4th generations S-tog Litra SA (8 coaches) manufactured by Alstom/Siemens between 1996-2007. Here is Lungby station.
 Østerport station
 IC4 train at Østerport station

 Öresundståg (in Denmark ET, in Sweden X31) at Nordhavn station. Öresundtåg trains are used on this side of the strait as Regional trains between Copenhagen and Helsingör.

 Ny Ellebjerg station opened 2007. It serves as an interchange station between two S-tog lines and Regional tog. Below is the Ringbanen line.
 The upper station serves Køge Bugt-banen line

 IR4 train at the Regional Ny Ellebjerg station

 IR4 is basically same train as IC3 but electrically powered instead of diesel. The train was introduced 1998.

 Re-tog at Høje Taastrup Station.
 Litra ME diesel locomotive from the 1980s manufactured by BBC and Thyssen Henschel.
 ME is powering double deck coaches Litra B, Bk, and ABs.
 This service is for København - Holbæk
 Høje Taastrup Station was opened 1986 and it is serving S-tog and Re-tog.
 Roskilde station is the oldest station in Denmark.
 Re-tog at Roskilde-
 IR4 for IntercityLynTog service
 Re-tog powered by electrical Litra EA locomotive.

 This day, the service between Roskilde and Odense was replaced by bus due to major railway works.

 Denmark was very late with electrification of its railways. The first line to be electrified was 1986, and today still more than 50% of the railway in Denmark is non electrified. However there are big plans to electrify major railway routes in the near future.

 One of the non-electrified railways is between Odense and Svendborg.
 Kværndrup station
 Nearby tourist attraction is Egeskov castle from 1400-century.

 At Odense railway museum, the largest railway museum in Scandinavia.


 Odense is occupied in the middle of the island Fyn. The railway Den fynske hovedbane is running through the town connecting the mainland Jylland and the island of Sjælland. The bridge over Lillebælt opened 1935, while the bridge/tunnel over Storebælt opened in 1997. Before that the trains were transported by ferries.
 The local train to Svendborg, Litra MQ, also known as Siemens Desiro.
 At the Odense railway yard
 IC3 train
 The new bridge for bikes opened in 2015
 The old station building, today a music library.

 IC3 diesel multiple unit train built in Denmark. These trains can also be found in Sweden, Israel and Spain.
 Each train is named after famous historical personalities from different danish towns. Here is Christian II

 Railway works at Odense station
 View at the museum

 Inside IC3 train, 2nd class
 Inside IC3 train, 1st class

 Two IC3 units can be connected, passengers can pass through.
 Odense is the third largest town in Denmark
 Biking with pizzas
Odense was the home town for the famous author Hans Christian Andersen, here is the sculpture "The Emperor's new clothes".

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