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Flamsbana Railway in Norway

© Scott Thistlethwaite 2007. All rights reserved.


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The Flam Railway, or Flamsbana, is one of the most magnificant train lines in the world. The line is 20.2 km long, rising from Flåm by the fjord at sea level, to the top station Myrdal at 865 metres above sea level. In order to manage climb up the mountainside, the line twists and turns with twenty tunnels built into the mountains to gain altitude. The line is the third steepest adhesion railway in the World. Like most of the other operational railway lines in Norway, Flåmsbana is a standard gauge (1435 mm) railway and electrified.


Length of the railway 20,20 km

Difference in altitude 863,5 metres

Upper station 865.5 metres above sea level

Lower station 2.0 metres above sea level

Steepest gradient 55 ‰ – 1:18

Smallest radius of curvature 130 m

Railway gauge 1435 mm

Voltage 15.000 V – 16 2/3 Hz

Maximum speed 40 km/h

Travel time 60 minutes

Tunnels 20

Bridges 1

Water tunnels 4

Stops 8


Source: Wikipedia and Flamsbana Museet


Camera: Nikon D80

Lens: 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G

Software: Capture NX


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Taken on August 3, 2007