This blog is about trains and places related to railways in Sweden and other countries. Most trips are started from Stockholm.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Slätte, Ulvåker, Laxå
This weekend in May I'm travelling from Stockholm to Närke by train
Alfons Åberg is a popular cartoon character in Sweden. Jernhusen (a company that owns many stations in Sweden) has decided to set up Alfons at 7 different stations - here is Stockholm Central.
Train from Stockholm to Karlstad
Less than 2h later I'm in Degerfors
Following day I'm taking a trip by car along the Västra Stambanan between Älgarås and Ulvåker. On my way I stop at Hova station - which is located at Kinnekullebanan railway.
Älgarås station is still in place - now used as a private house.
According to a document from Västra Götaland Region planning for future train traffic, there was a plan to set up train stations at Älgarås, Moholm, Tidan, Väring and Ulvåker - the places I will visit today. Unfortunately it was concluded that in order to set up the stations here it is necessary to build 4 tracks, which would mean a huge cost. (Målbild Tåg 2035)
Former Slätte station was not included in the investigation for future train stop planning.
At Slätte station there is already 3 tracks for bypassing purposes.
The part between Älgarås and Skövde is a straight railway line where trains can reach the highest speed - 200 km/h.
Another X2, this time bound for Göteborg
Train 70149 Katrineholm-Malmö is taking a different route than usually, probably due railway works at Södra Stambanan.
241 001 "Kenobi" - named after Star Wars character.
241 001 is a Traxx F140 AC2
Bicycle path along Göta kanal
Train 9052 Göteborg Sävenäs - Borlänge
Train 5566 Sävenäs-Hallsberg
Rd2 1032 and Rc4 1287
Rd2 and X2
Same Hectorrail train I saw earlier in Slätte, now passing Töreboda.
Spring is definitely here
Another bridge at Göta kanal - here is in Vassbacken
Nature is all around
Animal farm just outside Moholm
A bridge over the railway in Moholm
There is a passing loop here in Moholm
Next station Tidan can be seen from the bridge in Moholm
If a train stop would be constructed it would probably be somewhere here.
Between Moholm and Tidan there is a banvaktstuga located here
X74 train outside Tidan
Former train stop at Tidan can be seen here
Former wool factory in Tidan - it was closed in 1966
Lunne hydro power station
The town Tidan is named after the river Tidan
Silo in Tidan
Ulvåker has its station house still in place. The station is from 1920
Moving from Ulvåker to Laxå, here is an X74
Laxå junction between Västra Stambanan and Värmlandsbanan railways
Train 605 to Karlstad
This train has really some colourful cars
Blå tåget train 7075
Rc3 1064 or 143.064
Train 62269 Hallsberg-Kil
Operated by Nordiska Tåg AB
WL5DE sleeper coach, here used as a service car for NTAB
Train 46638 from Malmö to Falköping is delayed with 363 minutes here is Laxå, and it is most probably the reason why it is taking this detour.
241 004 "R2D2" - is my second Star Wars and Hectorrail locomotive today
Train 54420 from Kil to Herrljunga
DLL 3108 from Infranord
Quite unusual that train are turning to the right here
Last but not least, train 69357 "Arctic Rail Express" from Oslo to Narvik which is for some reason passing by here in Svartå today
185 707 and 185 710, both from Railpool and operated by CargoNet
This is a photo taken when I fell on the ground from a small hill of rocks. It was very painful in my foot, and I got a sprain - luckily I was recovered few weeks later and could climb this hill again :-)