Trains spark fires again

Trains on the rail line between Oslo and Gjøvik, which is used by thousands of commuters, ground to a halt again on Monday after a braking train set off sparks that ignited tinder dry shrubbery and grass along the tracks. The fires were extinguished before any evacuations of residents along the tracks at Nittedal were […]

Train improvements face major delays

Just before train service between Kristiansand and Stavanger ground to a halt on Tuesday, because of communication problems, came confirmation that long-anticipated improvents in and around the Oslo area face lengthy delays. The state railroad directorate backs postponement of double-track construction despite angry reaction from commuters and local politicians. No trains were running at all […]

Train trouble spoiled Easter holidays

Norway’s often unreliable train system stranded passengers once again, just as many were leaving home at the start of the country’s five-day Easter holiday weekend on Thursday. Many also missed flights when train service to Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen ground to a halt. Trains stood still in and around the Oslo area after a […]

Kirkenes welcomes new train line from Finland

“This is a big day,” the mayor in Norway’s northern city of Kirkenes, Rune Rafaelsen, proclaimed after transport authorities in Finland said they want to move forward with plans for cargo train service between Rovaniemi and Kirkenes. They view Kirkenes as the best potential port for ongoing shipping routes through the Northeast Passage between Europe […]

Commuters win apology for chaos

“We’re very sorry,” the chief executive of Norway’s state railway NSB claimed after he was called into the office of Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen this week. Solvik-Olsen wanted an explanation for a recent wave of train cancellations, delays and overcrowing on those still running, but no quick solutions were forthcoming. NSB boss Geir Isaksen was […]

Talks in overtime averted train strike

State railroad workers won a new collective bargaining agreement late Tuesday afternoon, after 17 hours of negotiations in overtime with the new state railroad agency Bane Nor. That heads off a train strike that threatened to disrupt service on several lines. Commuters could thus breathe a sigh of relief, as could both sides involved in […]

Transport minister meets ‘train wreck’

Ketil Solvik-Olsen has long been one of the conservative government’s most popular ministers, but he’s suddenly meeting the proverbial train wreck. Not only does a train strike loom this week, major plans and funding for train and road improvements reportedly are about to derail. The affable Olsen has been on the defensive since newspaper Aftenposten […]

New ‘bloodbath’ on the Nordland train line

State railroad Bane Nor has been under pressure to build fences along the tracks of the country’s northernmost train line, Nordlandsbanen, after a series of collisions with reindeer. Now comes news that they’re not the only animals to fall victim to the trains this winter. Newspaper Rana No reported this week that 148 moose have […]

New Oslo-Stockholm train line proposed

Private and local transport officials’ long-time hopes for a new high-speed train line between Oslo and Stockholm have been raised by Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen’s reaction to news of possible Chinese investment capital and technical expertise in the project.  “If Norsk Bane (a joint venture behind the project) wants to build and can guarantee the […]

Moon added to a cruise-ferry’s glow

There are only two nights of the year when one of Color Line’s two cruise-ferries, which run between Oslo and Kiel in Germany, is in port overnight and all lit up: on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This year, a special moon added to the vessel’ ambiance as the Christmas holidays got underway. Color […]