Below the location in Google Maps.
From Wiki, the Bergenbanen was a major engineering feat of the last century linking the capitol Oslo with Bergen on the North Sea coast in the west. The Bergen Line (Norwegian: Bergensbanen), also called the Bergen Railway, is a 371 kilometres (231 mi) standard gauge railway line between Bergen and Hønefoss, Norway. The name is often applied for the entire route from Bergen via Drammen to Oslo, where the passenger trains go, a distance of 496 kilometres (308 mi). It is the highest mainline railway line in Northern Europe, crossing the Hardangervidda plateau at 1,237 metres (4,058 ft) above sea level..
Despite its remoteness, Finse is easily accessible and enjoyable from the comfort of ones home via the webcam that provides 24/7 real time video of good quality. The webcam can be accessed by clicking on the screengrab below. Lots of people watching too given the high traffic due to this area being a cross-country skiing mecca. An article in the Telegraph provides a lot more information about the region from a tourist standpoint. LOTS going on there including conferences....[Edit: Apparently the Hoth scenes in the 2nd Star Wars flick, the real ones not the computerized ones, were filmed in the area. Makes sense...]
The line is electrified and features a nice variety of modern stock, including the futuristic Class 73 emus.Also seen are various MOW trains, including plows, although the trains themselves seem to be doing most of the work and trains are seldom late, even in the worst weather. Below some images of the variety.
|Class El 18 of the NSB on a dreary winter's day and heading towards Bergen.|
|Class El 18 of the NSB on a beautiful winter's day and heading towards Oslo.|
|Class 73 EMU, run as 4-car and 2x 4-car consists.|
|Flashes from the catenary of the night train to Oslo during a blinding blizzard. The train was on time...|
|CargoNet El 17|
|Class CE 119 of CargoNet, the Bombardier TRAXX (DB Class 185...)|
|Unloading the weekly supply train. There are no roads to this area...|
Various MOW trains.
|JBV (JernBaneVerket, the Norwegian National Rail Administration) Di3a NoHAB diesel|
Can't wait until the longer days of spring and summer,
nevermind some nicer weather.