Royals headed for the hills

King Harald and Queen Sonja are among the hundreds of thousands of Norwegians who’ve traveled to higher elevations to spend the Easter holidays in the mountains. The royals have their own family cabin known as Prinsehytta in Sikkilsdalen, in the mountains just west of Gudbrandsdalen. “Sikkilsdalen is very important for us,” King Harald said during […]

Critics try to derail NSB’s name change

Leaders of Norway’s state railway NSB ran into a torrent of angry opposition and criticism on Tuesday when they rolled out their proposal to combine rail and bus operations under a new name. Their marketing and image-building project will cost NOK 280 million, at a time when passengers have been suffering from over-packed trains and […]

Commuters plagued by train delays

Tens of thousands of commuters in the Oslo area have had a rough week. State railroad Bane NOR hasn’t been able to provide them with reliable service, with half of all trains running late during the rush hours. Bane NOR blames bad weather, technical problems and the loss of the use of a double-track. When […]

Man stabbed on board train

A man in his 30s was attacked by another knife-wielding man late Monday afternoon on board the commuter train that runs between Oslo and Gjøvik. The assailant was quickly arrested with help from security guards. The stabbing set off what police described as near-panic at the scene. The train was at the station in Oslo […]

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 […]