Next train strike to threaten rush hour

Angry Norwegian railroad workers are threatening to halt Norway’s trains once again, if the government doesn’t postpone implementation of the latest package of EU rail directives. Now the striking workers aim to halt trains in the middle of an afternoon commuter rush period. A two-hour political strike last week halted trains all over the country, […]

Political strike halts trains nationwide

Railway employees all over Norway walked off the job for two hours on Thursday, to protest implementation of the latest package of EU rules and requirements. The strike not only brought all train traffic to a standstill but was also expected to lead to cancellations and delays throughout the day. Members of employees’ organizations Norsk Lokomotiv-mannsforbund […]

More trains set to roll to Gothenburg

Public demand for more and better train service both within Norway and abroad is finally being recognized. Both state railway Vy (formerly NSB) and Swedish railway SJ are adding routes to and from the important Swedish hub of Gothenburg, due to reach five per day next year. Vy plans to run four trains a day […]

Calls roll in for a train line to Tromsø

Norway’s Socialist Left party (SV) is calling “all aboard” for its proposal to build a long-sought train line to Tromsø in Northern Norway. The country’s train service currently terminates in Bodø, but the state railroad directorate has just concluded a study on extending it to Tromsø via Narvik. Called Nord-Norgebanen (NNB), the train line would […]

Huge growth predicted for Dovre trains

The Swedish transport company SJ Norge is predicting as much as 45 percent passenger growth on the main train line between Trondheim and Oslo by 2030. Known as Dovrebanen, it runs over the Dovre Mountains and can attract both business and pleasure travelers with better and more frequent service. That’s what SJ Norge is promising. […]

Norwegians still flying more

Climate concerns aside: another new study shows that Norwegians fly more than most other Europeans. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, meanwhile, has also said that she feels no flyskam (shame over flying), arguing that Norway’s geography often makes flying necessary. “I don’t feel bad about flying,” Solberg told state broadcaster NRK just before the summer holidays […]

Swedes win rights to major train lines

Norway’s much-criticized state railway, recently ridiculed when it changed its name to Vy, has now lost the rights to run seven train lines including the main line between Oslo and Trondheim (Dovrebanen) and the country’s most northerly line (Nordlandsbanen). Sweden’s SJ Norge won the new state contract to take over responsibility for passenger transport, also on […]

More trains from Norway to Sweden

After months of criticism over poor train transport among the Scandinavian countries, some new routes have been announced. A new departure from Oslo to Gothenburg will be added in December. The additional route, starting December 15, will bring daily departures up from three to four on weekdays, and from two to three during the weekends, […]

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 […]