Sunday, August 7, 2016

Inlandsbanan (Vika - Nykroppa)

Continuing my journey south along Inlandsbanan today, the part from between Mora and Kristinehamn was partially closed for railway operations already in 1969, so it will be interesting to see what's left from that time.
 First I'm travelling from Rättvik to Mora along Dalabanan, here is Vikarbyn. The railway station here was shutdown in 1982.
 No station here either anymore
 X51 train "Regina" from Tåg i Bergslagen is operating here service Borlänge-Morastrand.

 Garsås station was indeed shutdown long time ago, but the station building was saved by locals and moved to a new location near road 70. Today there is a cafe here.

 I have now arrived to Inlandsbanan, and a place named Vika.
 The railway was as said closed here in 1969, probably due to almost duplicating route of Dalabanan.
 The railway track is however still in place, so theoretically it would be possible to re-open this route.
 Here in Vika there is a possibility for riding the railway on a trolley ("dressin" in Swedish).
 The station in Vimo was serving as a connection link to a nearby village Venjan.

 Station road in Gävunda
 Brintbodarne was a railway junction station with a branch line to Malung.
 Railway station house is still in place
 The building is a classic Mora-Vänern type house.

 Water tower
 Van station. Today the place has many summer houses, which includes even the old station house.

 Approaching Vansbro, where Inlandsbanan meets Västerdalbanan. Here is a bridge over Vanån river.
 The small part through Vansbro is joined by both railways. Since Västerdalbanan is still active for freight trains, it looks in a much better shape than the rest of Inlandsbanan in this area.

 Västerdalbanan is upgraded with ERTMS regional.
 Sågen. This building is an old grocery
"Josef Petterssons diversehandel". One of the conditions of opening a station here was to have a grocery.

 The old station house in Sågen is now a popular bed and breakfast for tourists from Netherlands among others.

 Neva was a junction station for a narrow gauge railway to Fredriksberg and Hällefors.

 Lake Näsrämmen
 The railway is just next to road 26 here. Most part of the road 26 is following Inlandsbanan, hence it is also named Inlandsvägen (Inland road), and it is streched all the way from Hallmstad to Mora, then continuing as road E45 from Mora to Karesuando, total distance of 1690km.
 One of the major towns along this part of Inlandsbanan is Lesjöfors.
 Until 1985 railcars was operating this line between Kristinehamn and Lesjöfors.
 Today the station house is a cafe.

 Railway tracks is somehow hard to find
 Nearby lake Långban
 Långban is famous as birthplace of Swedish-American inventor John Ericsson and his brother Nils Ericson. The statue of Nils Ericson can be found in front of Stockholm Central Station
 Persberg and nearby lake Yngen
 Persberg was a mining town and had important railway connection all the way until mid 1990's.
 Roundhouse in Persberg
 Until 1964 the Inland line was following another route from Persberg to Herrhult where Bergslagsbanan is located. From 1964 the route became through Filipstad and Daglösen. I'm taking the old route until Herrhult. There is currently a modernisation project ongoing here.
 The plan is to upgrade the railway between Kil and Ställdalen with meeting tracks for increased capacity. The goal is to use this railway for freight trains and decrease amount of trains on congested Värmlands and Västra Stambanan railways.

 Last stop for today is Nykroppa. This part of the Inlandsbanan is still in use.
 Here it is, the daily service Karlstad-Falun operated by Tågab.
 The railway was electrified in 2012, and since then Tågab is operating the service.
 Tågab is using Rc3 from 1969.
 AB3 coach from 1962
 B1 coach from 1963
 B1 coach (painted in original brown colour).
 Nykroppa station is moved a bit north from the old one.

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