Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ørestad, Hedehusene, Borup, Aarup, Kolding

Day 2 of my Interrail trip and I'm leaving Sweden. I will take a trip through Denmark with many stops along my way.
 Leaving my hotel in Lund in the morning

 First train is this Öresundståg X31 to Copenhagen
 Passing by Snälltåget in Malmö
 The train is on the bridge

Ørestad station
 Øresundsbanen railway opened in 2000, and has 7 stations between Copenhagen and Malmö.
 The line is operated both by passenger and freight trains.

185 327 and 185 331 Bombardier Traxx F140 AC2
DB Schenker Rail Scandinavia has been a joint venture of DB Schenker Rail Germany and Green Cargo, but the latter company decided to leave this joint venture.

Ørestad station is a combined Regional train and Metro station
At Copenhagen Central I'm changing to a Regional DSB train
DSB ABs push pull double deck train

Høje-Taastrup station
IR4 and IC3
ME 1515 from 1981
ME is manufactured by Henschel & Sohn in Kassel, Germany

Hedehusene station opened in 1847, same year as Vestbanen. The station house is from 1917

In 1988 the railway between Høje Taastrup and Roskilde was upgraded to have 4 tracks.

IC4 coupled with IC3

Just like some stations in Sweden, there is a library here at the Hedehusene station
Taking a train further west. Here, I'm busy filling in my Interrail diary.

Viby Sjælland station
My next stop is in Borup

Borup station to the right
Most trains do not stop here

I'm continuing now in IR4 train

The new high speed line "København-Køge-Ringsted-banen" is almost finished, and will open in May 2019. It is designed for 250km/h and 24 trains per hour. Unfortunately, there will be only 2 trains per hour from the start and the opening of the line has already been delayed with 6 months.
The reason for the delay, is that there are no trains in Denmark supporting the new ERTMS signalling system, so the new line will have the current signalling system. There is also other troubles, such as connection of the new line with the old in Ringsted.

EG 3111 at Ringsted station

My next stop is Sorø station

The station is the second oldest in Denmark after Roskilde. It was built in 1856
185 333 Traxx F140 AC2

Underground crossing built in 1961
Water tower "Vestre Vandtårn"

Although this main line is electrified, most of the current rolling stock from DSB is still powered with diesel. DSB has purchased 26 new Vectron locomotives, which will enter the service in 2021. There is also a tender for the new coaches which will be used in push-pull operation.

Inside the train station

Passing by Slagelse station
Cormorant birds colony near Korsør station

Entering the great belt tunnel
Sprogø island and its lighthouse

Travelling on the 6.6km long West bridge

The new Nyborg station opened in 1995 in conjunction with the Great Belt fixed link

Entrance of the new station
The old station is located about 100m from the new one

The old Nyborg station
The old station is now an apartment building

4 IC3 trains coupled together, totally 12 coaches
IC3 trains are currently in process of refurbishment, all 96 train sets will be modernised by 2020.

Although the Great Belt fixed link opened first in 1997, parts of the station were constructed already in 1990.
Marslev station - shut down in 1977
I'm changing trains in Odense, from IC3
To IC4. This Regional service between Odense and Fredericia is the only one stopping at all stops on this line.
The line to Svendborg
Den fynske hovedbane railway is a 88.57km long railway between Nyborg and Fredericia

I get off in Aarup
EG 3109
There are 13 EG locomotives, also known as Siemens ES64 Eurosprinter

Aarup old station was replaced with the new one in 1995

Taking the next IC4 Regional train towards Fredericia
Gelsted station
Ejby station
Nørre Aaby Station
Middelfart station where I'm changing trains
From Middelfart the trains can either take a northern route to Fredericia, or a south route towards Kolding and Padborg.

EG 3104

Note the wheel arrangement of EG as Co'Co' instead of usual Bo'Bo' for Eurosprinter locomotives. The extra wheels are giving this locomotive extra tractive effort which is 400 kN compared to the usual 300 kN.

The door to the cabin of IR4 was open, so I took advantage and took a photo here

Travelling on the old Lillebæltsbroen from 1935
The new bridge
Taulov freight terminal

Kolding station
Young seagull
The view of the Kolding station from my hotel window

My last trip today is to a nearby Taulov station

Only a Regional trains between Esbjerg and Aarhus stops here. Intercity services are passing by without stopping.

Memorial from the 2nd World War

I'm back to Kolding. All over the central parts of the town there are sculptures of homeless people created by Jens Galschiøt

Kolding is the 7th largest town in Denmark

Kolding river
The railway is passing through the central parts of the town

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