Friday, August 5, 2016

Stambanan genom Övre Norrland (Långviksmon - Ånge)

I'm continuing my journey along the main line through Upper Norrland. 
 I'm visiting Långviksmon
 Green Cargo Rd2 and Rc4 coupled with each other

 Björnsjö. The old station from 1919 is today home for Örnsköldsviks Railway society.

 The last passenger train stopped in Björnsjö in 1975.

 I'm approaching railway junction station Mellansel
 Information poster set up by Sagavägenföreningen
 Mellansel is the closest station to Örnsköldsvik along the Main line through Upper Norrland. Since the opening of Botniabanan, no trains are stopping here anymore.
 Beautiful station in Mellansel. Due to high costs this is the only station with this type of building
 From Mellansel there is a 29km long branch line to Örnsköldsvik
 Old hotel near the station.

 Thanks to a heavy traffic on this railway, I don't have to wait too long for the train to pass
 The red light turns to green
 And the train is arriving
 It is a so called "Stålpendeln" between Luleå and Borlänge, operated with 3 Rc4 locomotives.

 Two Rc4 locomotives

Skorped station
No passenger trains stops here since 1975

Passenger trains were operating here until 2001
Långsele - junction station between Main line through Upper North and Ådalsbanan.
The station has no passenger train service, instead it is a stop for change of drivers for freight trains.
Here is a Green Cargo Rc4

Just like the ARE train (Arctic Rail Express), this train named NRE (North Rail Express) is transporting goods from Oslo to Narvik daily. Service is organized by DB Schenker and operated by Green Cargo until recently. The new operator will be Cargonet.
Until 2012 long distance and night passenger trains to the north were stopping here, now they are taking Botniabanan.

Old SJ coaches now owned by Ådalslidens Järnvägsvänner are parked here. Each year they are used for the Urkultståget to a music festival in Näsåker.

Rc4 from Svensk Tågkraft (to the left) from 1976 and Hector Rail Class 142 (to the right) from 1971

142 was bought by Hector Rail from Austrian ÖBB in 2010. They were classed as ÖBB 1042 (upgraded in 1990 to ÖBB 1142). Totally 12 locomotives of this type were purchased.
Hector Rail 142.003 from 1975

Time to move on further south to Jämtland. Near Bispgården there is a Thai pavilion, built to commemorate the 1897 visit of King Chulalongkorn of Thailand to the town.
It was inaugurated on July 19, 1998, at the 101 anniversary of King Chulalongkorn's visit.


One of the major attractions along the way is Döda fallet (The dead fall). The Grand Rapids (Storforsen) was once one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Sweden, connecting Lake Ragunda to the Indalsälven river. But a disastrous attempt in 1796 to dig a bypass canal for floating timber put an end to all that.
Railway is passing just nearby
The bridge to the dead fall.



In Bräcke, the main line through upper north is attaching to Central line (Mittbanan).
Mittbanan is a 358km long railway from Sundsvall to the Norwegian border in Storlien.
Bräcke station from 1910

Ånge is the next major railway junction for Central line and North main line.
Green Cargo Rd2 locomotives

Ånge is one of the major railway yards in Sweden with 26 tracks.

Hector Rail 142
Rc4 and Rd2
X62 Norrtåg to Östersund and Duved

Erikslund, 15 km south east of Ånge
Erikslund will be my last station for today.
Borgsjön and the sunset

Norrtåg is making a stop here.
Bridge over Ljungan river

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