Norway - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services Temp

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This list is based on the timetable dated from 15 December 2019 - 21 June 2020, unless otherwise shown. The table numbers given are those from the downloadable PDF timetable. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

Obscure services

Oslo Sentral – Lillestrøm (via Romeriksporten Tunnel)

[L1, L12, L13, L14, R10, R11, 21, 25, 104, 708] (20B1, not shown) NO20/1

Trains running non-stop between Oslo Sentral and Lillestrøm or Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen run via the Romeriksporten Tunnel but trains calling intermediately between Oslo Sentral and Lillestrøm use the Hovedbanen (old main line).

Tunnelled single track connections to avoid conflicting moves occur at either end of the tunnel: two at the eastern Lillestrøm-end allowing running to and from the Hovedbanen, while at the western end there is an additional single connection to the Hovedbanen. These connections and the services using them are detailed below.

Romeriksporten Tunnel: Eastern Connections - Lillestrøm

[L14,L13 (WB)] (1B4, not shown) NO20/2

These connections are used by trains to and from Oslo Sentral via the Romeriksporten Tunnel and the Kongsvinger line, using Lillestrøm Tracks 4-9, to avoid conflicting moves with Gardermoenbanen line trains which use Lillestrøm Tracks 1-3: Stockholm InterCity and Table L14 services. The westbound connection (but not the eastbound) is also used by L13 services from Dal to Oslo.

Romeriksporten Tunnel: Western Connection - Oslo Sentral

[Airport Express 'Flytoget' F1, F2] (1B4, not shown) NO20/3

'Flytoget' Trains from Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen run via the Romeriksporten Tunnel to Oslo Sentral, but have different routes to exit the western end of the tunnel as different parts of Oslo Sentral station are served depending on whether they terminate there or continue through the City tunnel towards Drammen.

Non-stop services between Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen and Oslo Sentral [F1] run via the main Romeriksporten Tunnel exit to join the Gjøvikbanen (southern pair of tracks) and terminate in Spar (Tracks) 14-15 on the south side of Oslo Sentral.

'Flytoget' trains from Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen calling intermediately at Lillestrøm and running beyond Oslo Sentral through the City Tunnel to Drammen {F2] use the Romeriksporten Tunnel but take the single track cut-off tunnel branching from the main tunnel some 400m short of its western exit (? Hellerud) to join the Hovedbanen (old main line) northern pair of tracks to access the through platforms in the north side of Oslo Sentral, usually Spar 2. However, this link is only available westbound, the return Drammen to Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen 'Flytoget' services use Spar 13, the southerly of the through platforms at Oslo Sentral, and then the same route as the F1 services via the Gjøvikbanen and the main Romeriksporten Tunnel.

Lysaker – Sandvika

[41, 50, 708, L1, L12, L13, L14] (1B4) NO20/4

Trains running non-stop between Lysaker and Sandvika can be expected to use the Baerum Tunnel but trains calling intermediately run via the old main line, which reopened on 13 December 2015 after closure due to engineering work.

Sandvika – Asker

[41, 50, 708, L1, L12, L13, L14] (1B4 - 1A4) NO20/5

Trains running non-stop between Sandvika and Asker can be expected to use the 9.5 km long direct line, mostly in tunnel, but trains calling intermediately run via the old main line.

Dal – Eidsvoll

[L12, L13,] (20B2) NO20/6

Trains between Oslo and Eidsvoll run via Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen (Gardermobanen) except the following, which runs via the Hovedbanen (old main line).

1679 Drammen - 01:31 Dal - Eidsvoll

Roa – Hønefoss

(20A2-20B2) NO20/7

This alternative route for Oslo - Bergen line trains is used when the main line via Drammen is closed for engineering work. It was used by weekend relief trains until June 2006 but now has no regular service.

The line was most recently used when the normal route between Asker and Drammen was closed to all traffic from 13 to 21 April 2019 inclusive. All trains between Oslo and Bergen in this period were diverted via Roa – Hønefoss. See.

The line is also used by the Nordmarka Rundt excursion. See NO20/8

Alnabru – Grefsen

(20A2-20B2) NO20/8

This line links Alnabru yard, on the Oslo - Lillestrøm line, with the Gjøvikbane, which runs due north from Oslo.

In Summer and Autumn 2019 it will be used, as in 2018, by the Nordmarka rundt dining excursions from Oslo, which now start from Grorud instead of Oslo Sentral owing to engineering work for the Follo tunnel reducing track capacity east of Oslo. As in 2018 the train departs Grorud at 17:35 and makes an anticlockwise trip round Oslo via Roa – Hønefoss (see previous entry) and Drammen, terminating at Oslo S at 22:26.

See the Historiske Togreiser website for available dates. Not yet updated for 2020.


See Norway - Tram services over obscure routes

Other sparse services

The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally) – fewer than three trains each way, on at least three days a week - or do not run every day:

26 (Trondheim –) Marienborg – Lerkendal Runs SSuX
52 Porsgrunn – Nordagutu – Notodden Runs SSuX
L22 Mysen – Rakkestad Runs SSuX
72 Hell – Storlien (Sweden) – Duved Check Swedish timetables, table 42
Narvik – Riksgränsen – Kiruna (Sweden) Check Swedish timetables, table 30

Deletions since previous edition

See also

The Norsk Jernbane-Museum occasionally runs excursion trains over unusual routes.