Arna station, where I joined the train. Inside the station a couple of men appeared to be cooking something, and when the train came in they got on board, with a lot of equipment, and it soon became apparent what they were up to. Shortly after leaving Arna they came down the train pushing a trolley, selling coffee and waffles. Large, petal-shaped waffles with jam, are a great favourite in Norway.
The train from Garnes entering Arna station. It was a rather attractive, and very Norwegian looking, mainline 4-6-0 tender loco hauling about four traditional teak bodied Norwegian mainline passenger cars. However the pace was very leisrely, no doubt to reduce the wear and tear on the train and track.
A view from the train. The scenery between Garnes and Midttun is varied and attractive. It includes a number of tunnels, and takes an indirect path to avoid mountains.
Traditional Norwegian varnished timber former mainline coaches are used.
At the terminus at Midttun, there is a platform but no station building. Only about ten minutes was spent here while the loco ran round the train, and then hauled it tender first back to Garnes. In both directions the speed was extremely leisurely, certainly not the sort of speed the loco would have worked in it's heyday. To the right of the picture there is a pleasant stream.
The locomotive running round the train at Midttun. These 4-6-0 locos were used on the Bergen Railway in its early years.
The number and builder's plate on the loco.
The set up at Garnes is quite good, with a lot of effort having been made to recreate the pre-first world war period.
The parcels shed at Garnes has a wide variety of goods of the era, and a stuffed goods shed attendant behind an iron grill where he attended to customers, with his office set up as it would have been 100 years ago.
The station is decorated with a number of original enamel signs.
Garnes station from the road side.
The train waiting to depart Garnes.
Close-up of the maker's plate on the Knorr System airbrake pump on the loco.
Another view of the train waiting to depart Garnes.
The view from Garnes station.
The Norges Post van brings up the rear of the train.
The side of the van has a letterbox!
Old Voss Line - Wikipedia entry - in English
Gamle Vossebanen - in English
All photographs Copyright Frank Stamford, 2008, who may be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: 28 December 2010