"Powellite" Bagnall 3ft gauge locomotive at Black Sands, Victoria - 1938. Photograph: P.G. Dow

09 August, 2010

Monday 9 August 2010:

Today I set out on the first stages of a very long journey south, starting with an NSB diesel railcar trip to Røros, then either the same train, or a change to a different diesel railcar for the journey to Hamar, then a change to an NSB electric train to Oslo, where I stay for one night at the Thon Terminus Hotel again.

The route I am traveling today is the original Oslo - Trondheim route, built as 3ft 6in gauge between Hamar and Trondheim between 1862 and the 1870s, with conversion to standard gauge being completed in the 1940s. It is one of the few non-electrified NSB railways, and much of it is at an elevation of around 650 metres.

Weather today looks a little dismal, grey and overcast, there seems to have been rain, and looks as if there will be more.

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