This blog is about trains and places related to railways in Sweden and other countries. Most trips are started from Stockholm.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Vetlanda, Eksjö, Vimmerby
Today I'm visiting Småland.
First, taking a tram to Årstaberg station.
A35, CAF Urbos AXL
X74 in Årstaberg
From Stockholm I'm taking Snälltåget to Nässjö
193 253 Vectron
Old fashioned doors at Snälltåget train
Breakfast in the restaurant coach
Before arrival to Nässjö, also a lunch
Arrival to Nässjö
My next train will be this Y32 to Vetlanda
Train 46787 from Malmö to Hallsberg
441.001-3 "Cyborg" Eurosprinter
RRS train from the north is arriving at Nässjö
RRS train will continue to Helsingborg with only one Rc4 and half of the freight cars
My train is at track 1a
The line between Nässjö and Vetlanda is non-electrified and it is used by both passenger and freight trains
Arriving at Vetlanda
The line continues to Åseda, but there are no passenger services there
This is how the original station in Vetlanda looked like
I'm not going back to Nässjö, instead, I'm taking a bus to Eksjö
Not many passengers this Saturday afternoon
Arriving at Eksjö
Eksjö train station next to the bus station
Main square and Eksjö church
"Smålandsryttare" statue from 1929
Eksjö is a cosy town with a well preserved wooden house part
A beer in local pub
Ekjsö is located at Bockabanan railway, which is an 83 km long railway between Nässjö and Hultsfred. Unfortunately, the passenger services were suspended in 2014, today the traffic is only between Nässjö and Eksjö. I was planning to take a bus to Hultsfred, but it was also suspended starting from Autumn 2019, so I will have to take a bus to Vimmerby instead.
The bus I'm taking is operated by KLT, even though Ekjsö is located in JLT bus region. When I was trying to pay with my JLT "reskassa" card, the driver said that it was not possible because the ticket machine on KLT bus is not accepting other bus cards. So, in the end it was a free ride.
The train service might have been suspended, but the bus was almost full, so this is still an attractive route.
The bus is following the railway line and make stops where the train stopped previously.
The railway is still there
The bus has both WC and USB charger. The train would have been nicer anyway.
Arriving at Vimmerby
Both Eksjö and Vimmerby are very nice towns for a visit, especially on this sunny autumn day
The church is from 1856
Book phone booth
Astrid Lindgren at her typewriter. Statue created by Marie-Louise Ekman
Another beer at the local pub/hotel
After drinking my beer, the streets were crowded with ambulance and fire fighters
Something was burning, but I was not sure what it was
Vimmerby is located at Stångådalsbanan, 237km long railway between Linköping and Kalmar.
The railway is also non-electrified
The railway is old and in urgent need of repair and modernization.
The line is operated by KLT trains, promoted as "Kustpilen".
Y2 is the Swedish version of IC3 from Denmark
This train is heading to Kalmar
Y2 1380 "Kisa Mor" named after Maria Jansson, known in history as Kisamor (English: The Mother of Kisa), (30 July 1788 – 27 February 1842), was a Swedish natural doctor, one of the most notable and well-known of 19th-century physicians in Sweden. (Wikipedia)
The price to Linköping is 159SEK (2nd) or 219SEK (1st)