Track 4

14:29, Bergen Station - The 14:58 afternoon train to Oslo is almost ready for boarding. The train is due to arrive at Oslo Central Station at 22:12. The weather is grey with low hanging clouds.

 

The Bergen Line (Norwegian: Bergensbanen), also called the Bergen Railway, is a 371 kilometres (231 mi) standard gauge railway line between Bergen and Hønefoss, Norway. The name is often applied for the entire route from Bergen via Drammen to Oslo, where the passenger trains go, a distance of 496 kilometres (308 mi). It is the highest mainline railway line in Northern Europe, crossing the Hardangervidda plateau at 1,237 metres (4,060 ft) above sea level.

 

The railway opened from Bergen to Voss in 1883 as the narrow gauge Voss Line. In 1909 the route was continued over the mountain to Oslo and the whole route converted to standard gauge, and the Voss Line became part of the Bergen Line. The line is single track, and was electrified in 1954-64. The Bergen Line is owned and maintained by the Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket), and served with passenger trains by Norges Statsbaner (NSB) and freight trains by CargoNet. The Flåm Line remains as the only branch line, after the closure of the Hardanger Line. The western section from Bergen to Voss is also served by the Bergen Commuter Rail, and was shortened following the 1966 opening of the Ulriken Tunnel.

 

The Bergen Railway Station is the main railway station in the city of Bergen, Norway. It is the terminus on the Bergen Railway, and serves trains from Oslo as well as commuter trains from Arna, Voss and Myrdal. Located on the east side of the city centre, the station was opened in 1913, four years after Bergensbanen itself opened, and has four platforms. It replaced the former main station that was located further west.

 

The station building is one of the grandest in Norway. The architect, Jens Zetlitz Monrad Kielland, also designed Gamlehaugen and the stone buildings at Bryggen. The building has been protected against non-trivial modifications since 2003.

 

HDR from three exposures. Handheld. Processed using Photomatrix.

Best seen large and on black.

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Taken on November 2, 2008