The loco at Vikersund, the junction station with the mainline. It is a light-weight 2-8-0 of the NSB 24b class (NSB = Norges Statsbaner — Norwegian State Railways). The rails are only 25 kg/m (50 lb/yd) and the maximum axle load of the locomotive is only 11 tons. This compares to 13-1/2 tons for a Victorian Railways K class, and 15-1/2 tons for an NSWGR 50 class - so it is a quite small 2-8-0.
Vikersund station, shown above, is the junction station for the Krøderen railway. It is now used almost exclusively by the Krøderen railway. It dates from 1866 being one of the original stations on the Drammen—Randsfjord railway, which was Norway's third 3ft 6in gauge railway and the first to use the famous Norwegian chopper coupling. It was also the first to use the classic Beyer, Peacock 2-4-0T locomotives of the type later adopted on the Isle of Man. Like most Norwegian nineteenth-century railway stations, Vikersund is very well built. Today it is on the route of mainline trains between Oslo and Bergen.
Sysle is one of the intermediate stations between Vikersund and Krøderen. Each is maintained in the way they would have appeared when the railway operated normally, even down to luggage waiting to be picked up.
The train at Krøderen station.
Like many small Norwegian stations, the architecture of Krøderen station is interesting. The building dates from the line's opening in 1872, when it was 3 ft 6 in gauge.
A number of traditional enamel signs are displayed on the station and goods shed.
Inside the station in the ticket-office area. Note the timber-lined ceiling and the light fitting.
Great care has been taken with the interior of the station, which is open to the public, to retain the period atmosphere.
Telegraph equipment in the station office.
All brass and wood — a beautiful piece of Morse telegraphy equipment.
More brass and wood — the telegraph key.
This is where the work is done. The poystyrene coffee cup is about the only item out of period.
Krøderen station yard, the closest building is the goods shed, dating from when the line opened in 1872. A museum has been set up in this.
This Manning Wardle 0-4-0ST loco of 1892, was on display in the goods shed when I visited in 2008. The loco is an ex-NSB shunting loco, and still operates occasionally on the Krøderen railway.
On my visit in 2010 a 2-6-0 locomotive occupied this location. Due to cramped conditions and low light, photography was difficult. (For the technically minded, this photograph was taken at f4, 1/15 second, 6400 ISO, using a Pentax K20D with a 16 to 45mm zoom lens set at 16mm. PT-Lens software was subsequently used to correct barrel distortion which is unavoidable in a zoom lens at such wide angle).
The builder's plate of the 2-6-0 loco.
The 2-8-0 loco.
At Krøderen station.
One of the passenger cars.
Opposite the station is Lake Krøderen. Until 1925 steamboats left from here for a 2-1/2 hour journey to Gulsvik.
The loco water tank.
The engine shed.
A beautifully restored goods van, with brakeman's hut.
And a restored goods wagon.
Krøder Line - Wikipedia entry - in English
Krøderbanen - in Norwegian
Krøderbanen Museum - in Norwegian and English
All photographs Copyright Frank Stamford, 2010, who may be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: 28 October 2012