Saturday, March 18, 2017

Kvicksund, Ransta, Västerås

Today I'm heading to some stations relatively close to Stockholm.
 As always my journey starts at Årstaberg commuter train station, where I can view some passing trains while waiting for mine. Here is Rc6 locomotive for SJ Regional to Hallsberg or Norrköping.
 First I'm taking SJ Regional to Västerås, which is now operated entirely with X40 double deck EMU's.

 Karlberg station - will be closed after opening of the new Citybanan tunnel in the summer.
 Tracks from the new tunnel are already in place.
 Sundbyberg is a station serving both commuter and regional trains.
 Stäket bridge
 Ekolsund bridge
 Still ice on Mälaren lake in Mars
 Tortuna church
 The new mälarbanan and the old SWB railway.
 One of the three X11 trains Upptåget has borrowed from Krösatåg to increase their capacity.
 Inside X40 1st class coach. The only difference between 1st and 2nd class is this glass door separating the coach.
 Here in Västerås I was supposed to change for another train to Kvicksund. It turned out that it was same train, only the front coach.

 My train to Kvicksund is an UVEN line train to Linköping.
 Here it is separated, so that only the short front part is continuing to Linköping.
 Tåg i Bergslagen has now 5 X14 trains previously used by Östgötatrafiken. They are used entirely on Västerås-Ludvika line.
 UVEN train X50 arriving from Sala. Not sure why this train could not continue all the way to Linköping, which would be the normal case.
 Passengers arriving from Sala have now changed from X50 to X40 train.
 Railway between Kolbäck and Eskilstuna opened in 1875 and was built by OFWJ (Oxelösund-Flen-Västmanlands Järnväg).

 The railway is passing next to several beaches, here is Sandabadet.

 Kvicksund station. The platform is just enough to fit one X40-2 or X50 train.
 The train continues to Eskilstuna and Linköping

 Kvicksund is located on two different shores of lake Mälaren, north side is in Västmanland, south side is in Södermanland regions.
 Lake Mälaren

 The combined rail and road bridge links the two shores.

 Current bridge is from 1976
 I'm heading back to Västerås after a short visit in Kvicksund. This time it's an X50 train

 Kolbäck church
 After Västerås, the train continues north to Sala. Here passing by once a large junction station - Tillberga.

 Inside X50 train
 The line is operated by SJ, as part of Mälab regional train system. I'm getting off in Ransta.
 Ransta is the only stop between Västerås and Sala.

 Station in Ransta from 1875

 The town has about 900 inhabitants.

 Wibergs Fabrikslokaler
 Same train back from Ransta

 Arriving to Västerås
 X50 9004 "Misteln" and X50 9001 "Hammaren". The one I arrived with was X50 9003 "Järnet". There is also a fourth one 9002 "Hyttan", but it was not present here in Västerås.
 There are huge plans for Västerås station area which will be totally rebuilt. Here is the plan for the new station.
 X40 train arriving from Göteborg.

 The original station from 1875 was designed by Adolf W. Edelsvärd.
 The old station was expanded with other buildings and a bridge to the platforms.


 The harbour in Västerås
 Main office of ABB in Västerås is Ottarkontoret built 1916-1919. The clock tower is 65m tall.
 Skrapan tower, 81m tall constructed 1988-1990
 City hall, 65m tall constructed in 1958

 M/S Elba is a steam ferry from 1897
 M/S Bore towboat

 In the summer, the boats are operated from the harbour

 X12 3192
 I'm taking X40 train back to Stockholm
 Lower floor

Västerås norra station (not in use)

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