This blog is about trains and places related to railways in Sweden and other countries. Most trips are started from Stockholm.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Today I'm spending my Saturday by taking a train to Ånge and back through Sundsvall.
I'm taking the morning Intercity train from Stockholm. I will be taking totally 5 trains today, so it will be a long day.
Passing by Hagalund railway yard
Intercity 80 is a daily service from Stockholm to Jämtland. The usual destination is Östersund, but in the summer/winter months it is extended to Åre and Duved.
Intercity is taking the North Main Line from Gävle north bound. The railway was completed in 1881.
Rooster steel sculpture by Jörg Jeschke
Travelling through Hälsingland region
Meeting a train at a passing loop on Karsjö
X52 from Ljusdal to Gävle
At Lörstrand it is our train that stops
It is a Green Cargo steel train from Luleå to Borlänge
Re 1436 (Bombardier Traxx F140 AC2)
Bridge over Ljusnan river, built in 2005 which replaced an older bridge
Between Ljusdal and Ånge, a trip of about 1h, the Intercity does not make any stops. This is the only train service here, no regional trains are operating this part of the line.
Storsjön near Hennan
For about 20km, the railway is located next to this long Hennan lake, which makes this railway trip scenic.
Hälsinge-Nybo is one of the few station building still in place along this line
Between Ramsjö and Ånge, the railway has double tracks
It's also on this part of the line the railway is reaching its highest point, 330m above sea level
Just before Ånge, the railway is split. The railway to the left is continuing further north without passing Ånge.
I have now been travelling 444km from Stockholm to Ånge
Ånge station is an importation railway town for freight trains
After a longer stop, the train is continuing to Östersund
The composition of today's Intercity train was Rc6, B7F, B7F, RB7, B7C, and A11
Wheels from Cc 734 steam locomotive
Trafikverket is increasing the capacity at the railway yard in Ånge
I will now continue along Mittbanan railway with Norrtåg to Sundsvall. It is 1 min delayed
I've now reached Sundsvall
Sundsvall has two stations, the central and the west. Västra station is located just 500m from the central one. It was built in 1885, and was used as a station until 1966.
The station is used by Norrtåg, and X-tåget.
Another X62 is arriving, this time from Umeå
X55 is arriving from Umeå, this service is not stopping here
I have some time before my next train, so I'm visiting Sundsvall. Here is the old fire station.
Between Sundsvall Västra and Central, a distance of 500m there are 7 railway crossings in the central part of Sundsvall. There has been plans to built a railway tunnel here, but it was too expensive.
Statue of Gustav II Adolf, who founded Sundsvall in 1621
X-tåget service Sundsvall-Gävle will be my next train, it terminates here at Sundsvall Västra
X62 and X50
Shortly after Sundsvall, the train is passing next to the Gulf of Bothnia
I'm travelling now on Ostkustbanan railway. 220km railway part between Sundsvall and Gävle is a single track railway and has many curves. Except for some short parts rebuilt in the 1990's to have 200km/h standard, the rest is old and in need of modernisation.
Crossing the border between Hälsingland and Gästrikland
After a short change I'm in a packed Upptåg on the way from Gävle to Uppsala. Hopefully the new double deck trains will solve this problem in the future for passengers travelling on this line.
Hennan station is now located in Gävle railway museum