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The year 2006
will see the 150th anniversary of the railways in Sweden. The
anniversary celebrations are being organized on the initiative of
Banverket (Swedish Railway Administration), in association with
Järnvägsforum (Railway Forum), Green Cargo, SJAB, TGOJ Trafik,
EuroMaint and Jernhusen. The celebrations will take place throughout
Sweden, and throughout the whole year.
The most comprehensive event of all - TRAIN 150
- is being organized by the Swedish Railway
Museum and Banverket. The theme of the event is
old and new trains and trains of the future.
Banverket is thus one of the main organizing
forces behind the biggest train event in Sweden
in the past 25 years.
Thursday 7 September - Sunday 10 September.
The Museum and grounds will be open between 09.00-17.00 hours.
Saturday evening the museum grounds will be open until 22.00 hours.
(The Modern Train Exhibition at the adjoining AGEVE loco and rolling
stock workshop site closes at 17.00 on Saturday).
one-day ticket costs SEK 100. A four-day ticket costs SEK 150.
Children (up to 16 years of age) free of charge. Travel by Museum
Specials (trains departing at hourly intervals) between Gävle
Central Station and the Swedish Railway Museum/AGEVE is included in
the admission charge. Once you have paid for your admission ticket
you are free to stroll through the various sections of the grounds.
A special crossing over the railway tracks to Fliskär will be
arranged to facilitate free and easy movement.
Advance ticket purchase
Tickets can be purchased in advance via SJ Telephone Sales
Department, +46 771 75 75 75 or at SJ ticket offices. Tickets can
also be bought at the Swedish Railway Museum in Gävle, at its branch
in Ängelholm, at the Gävle Tourist Office and the station café in
Ticket sales outlets
Upplandsleden, old AGEVE area.
Entrance by Swedish
Railway Museum goods-in entrance (Rälsgatan 1) or the main entrance
alongside the railway
to Skutskär (Rälsgatan 1)
Gävle Central, platform
Railway café at Storvik.
On board local trains
from Storvik and Ockelbo.
Excursions by Vintage
Train and Veteran Train
From Stockholm and Uppsala, every day. Special ticket required.
From Borlänge and Falun, every day. Special ticket required.
Eskilstuna, Västerås, Sala, Avesta Krylbo, Saturday.
required. More information
Admission to the Museum is included in the price of the above train
Museum Specials to TRAIN 150
Museum Specials will run to the TRAIN 150 area every day (departing
at hourly intervals or more frequently if required). NOTE! Admission
tickets include travel on the Museum Specials, but on the day of
travel they can only be purchased at Gävle Central (platform 4). So
if you have not bought your admission tickets in advance, be sure to
arrive at Gävle Central in good time to buy them. The Museum Special
timetable will be available
Thursday, Friday and Sunday will see some great photo opportunities
when a number of goods trains will run between Hagaström and
Skutskär and/or Fliskär. The timetable and composition of these
trains will be available
Short trips by steam
Thursday, Friday and Sunday we will be putting on short trips from
the Swedish Railway Museum to Hagaström and back. The trains will be
pulled by steam locos. The timetables for these short journeys,
which take about an hour for the round trip, will be available
Local trains from
Storvik and Sandviken, and Ockelbo and Kolforsen
You can enjoy return travel to Gävle by Veteran Train from the above
stations. The applicable timetable will be available
here. The trips will also be
advertised in the local press. Admission tickets to TRAIN 150 can be
bought on board and cover the cost of travel on these trains.
Train after train after
train on Saturday 9 September
will be recreating the days of yesteryear on the Gävle-Ockelbo and
Gävle-Storvik lines, with trains coming and going all day long on
Saturday 9 September.
All of 17 steam locos, 14 electric locos, 5 diesel locos, 2 railcars
and 17 different sets of rolling stock will be made up into 80
different train formations (permutations of locos and rolling stock)
with over 40 rolling stock formations. There will be goods trains
pulled by two steam locos; express trains; slow, manually-braked
local goods trains; museum locos pulling normal goods trains; museum
trains instead of certain ordinary trains running between Ockelbo
and Gävle; side-by-side running on double tracks; simultaneous
departures from Gävle Central and lots, lots more. In addition, some
70 Museum Specials will be running in Gävle.
There will be station masters at the stations, goods will be loaded
and unloaded, there will be veteran buses and trucks meeting the
trains. The tickets will be clipped by conductors wearing authentic
uniforms. And if you are lucky, you might even see a famous face
beneath the peak of a conductor’s cap. And Skånska Jernbanekapellet
(Skåne Railway Band) will be playing at Gävle Central Station, and
Kolforsen and Ockelbo Stations.
Most of the trains will run to and from the TRAIN 150 area. They
will stop at Gävle Central, Sandviken, Storvik, Kolforsen, and
Ockelbo as per a special timetable, more information
Remember! Only one kind of ticket is valid on board these trains -
the admission ticket to TRAIN 150.
The modern train
The modern train exhibition is located on the old AGEVE site, next
door to the Swedish Railway Museum. The exhibition features all the
latest in express trains, electric locos, diesel locos, goods
wagons, carriages, and machinery and equipment for track laying and
lot of previously never-before shown exhibits will be on display at
the Swedish Railway Museum, and various locos and items of rolling
stock have now been included in the permanent exhibition. Several
locos will have steam up by the turntable outside the Museum.
Railcars will also be under power. Visitors will be most welcome to
climb into the cab and say hello. The Hennan station building has
been moved to Gävle, where a station park and railway park are being
built around it. Trains that have to be turned around or made up in
a different way will be arriving one after another at Hennan. The
old UGJ loco sheds will feature a living loco station and workshop
where steam locos and other locos will be serviced throughout the
For the kids
The Swedish Railway Museum has a large area for children, with
miniature trains, roundabouts and other fun attractions.
If you want to
photograph moving trains. Or just watch them.
The evening of Saturday 9 September will see some great photo
opportunities for catching steam engines by the turntable outside
the UGJ loco shed.
What we offer is that
this area will be stripped from visitors during 20.30 -22.00 hours,
and a photographer’s line will be arranged. The only people moving
around the locos then are loco- and loco shed staff in historically
correct clothing. We can however not offer a complete silence for
sound recordings, but we can offer great photo opportunities of the
locos and the environment, with stand and long finishing in the
twilight. The photographing costs nothing more than the admission
for the museum area, and is open for everybody.
Saturday 9 September we also offer photo busses between Storvik and
Sandviken in the morning as well as in the later afternoon, with
great photo opportunities for catching several trains along the
For detailed information on opportunities for photographing or
watching trains running along the line, how to book the photo busses
The site will contain sketches of good places for photography, maps
showing how to get there, graphic timetables and loco and rolling
programme at the Museum
The TRAIN 150 area (Swedish Railway Museum and
AGEVE) will feature several restaurant tents and other facilities
for eating and drinking or buying refreshments.
Visitors will be able to buy special issue Railway Stamps and have
their letters and postcards
franked at the Post Office railbus trailer at the Museum.
Riksbanken (Bank of Sweden) will be issuing commemorative coins to
celebrate the 150th
anniversary of the railways in Sweden. The coins will be on sale
from lunchtime on Friday.
An exhibition of the history of railway gardens will be on view in a
Thursday 7 September
11.00 - JärnvägsMusei Vänner (Friends of the Railway Museum) will
present a surprise at the
13.00 - A train pulled by the steam loco Göta will arrive at Hennan
Station with a
consignment of several new railway books. These books will then be
launched at Hennan
Station, where they will be available for sale throughout the whole
of TRAIN 150.
Friday 8 September
12.00 - A display of the renovation work carried out by the Swedish
Railway Museum Loco &
Rolling Stock Group on the Ra 846 electric loco and the Co8a 2772
The new coins issued by Riksbanken to commemorate the 150th
anniversary of the railways
in Sweden will arrive at Hennan Station in a train pulled by the
steam loco Prins August. The
coins will then be launched at Hennan Station, where they will be
available for sale
throughout the whole of TRAIN 150.
A switch from Växjö with three gauges will be built up. There was
once a switch in Växjö with all the three gauges 891, 1067 and 1435
mm. It has been in storage with the Swedish Railway Museum for a
long time, and is now being built up in order to be a part of a
future railway system with these gauges at our area. Work will be
done on the building up of this switch between 11.00 and 16.00. Take
the chance to see this unique switch, and discuss with the navvies
that are building it.
Saturday 9 September
Svenska Järnvägsmäns Musikkår (Swedish Railwaymen’s Band) will be
playing in the
Museum grounds throughout the day.
12.20 - The Göta and Prins August steam locos, each pulling a
historic train, will arrive at
Hennan Station. The trains will be lined up for a photo op in front
of the station building.
14.00 - Hennan Station will be reinaugurated by Swedish TV
personality Ingvar Oldsberg.
The Museum and the restaurant and cafeteria amenities will stay open
during the evening.
Skånska Jernbanekapellet (Skåne Railway Band) will provide the music.
Sunday 10 September
09.00-17.00 - Giant Railway Market in the OKB loco shed.
10.00 - Skånska Jernbanekapellet will be playing at the OKB
Saturday 9 September
12.00-13.00 - Banverket’s Central Track Region, Wij Gardens and
Ockelbo Municipality will inaugurate the newly refurbished Ockelbo
Station and grounds on Saturday. Ockelbo Station will be throbbing
with activities throughout the whole day.
The local residents’ association will have the charcoaling stack
burning and organise refreshments for train spotters in Kolforsen,
and the Jädraås-Tallås Railway will be helping to recreate an old
station. So we can really recommend a trip from Gävle to Kolforsen.
Old railway buses will be used to provide a free veteran bus service
between Kolforsen and Ockelbo.
There will be a Wild West Day and Veteran Car Meet at the station.
The station café will be open.
Sandvikens Brandmuseum (Fire Fighting Museum) will be on hand to
refill the steam locos with water when the trains stop.
10.00 to 15.00 - EuroMaint will have open house on Saturday. A
railcar excursion service will run from Gävle Central Station to
EuroMaint’s facility throughout the day. A “biogas” train will be
just one of the interesting items EuroMaint will be showing at the
Locating the Swedish
The Swedish Railway Museum is
located in Gävle, the largest town in the province of Gästrikland,
Gävle, on the north-east coast of Sweden, is about two hours by road
from Stockholm. On
approaching Gävle on the E4 highway, turn off at Gävle S and follow
the signs for
Gävle is a one-hour rail journey from Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport.
Gävle is 90 minutes by rail from Stockholm Central Station; just the
right distance for a day’s
outing. The Museum lies within walking distance of Gävle Station
(approx. 2 km).
Visitors who would like to overnight in Gävle will find a wide
choice of hotels. For further
information on accommodation, please visit
TRAIN 150 is right on track
to become an unforgettable experience.
You‘ll be really sorry if you miss it!
Swedish Railway Museum,
Tel: +46 26 14 46 15