Showing posts with label Finse Norway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Finse Norway. Show all posts

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Finse

Winter hitting hard in Finse, looks like something from Hoth in the Empire Strikes Back, wait was filmed there...

Christmas tree up and down and up and down... due to to wind. Here it is being righted again by some kids with saucer type sleds...


And down again a few moments later...


and 15 minutes later, webcam set to night mode, ... a train!


 And 1/2 hour later we hold hands and dance around tree...


Monday, September 2, 2013

Finse – 02.09.2013

First time back in Finse in ages and was able to catch a freight heading for Bergen and see the first traces of slushy snow on the platform... Welcome back.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Finse – 22.09.2012

First new snow on the mountain tops, old snow still hanging about, beautiful sunshine on this second day of Fall in Finse, Norway.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Plow Flies Through Finse


Just seen flying through Finse, a little plow/MOW unit at 1600hrs CET. 

And another one this evening at 2330hrs CET.



Sunday, November 27, 2011

A nice late fall day in Finse

16:40 local time a nice fall day in Finse... The snow is blowing, it's cold, but the Christmas tree is up...


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Finse – 19.10.2011

In the beautiful crisp late October darkness the night train from Bergen to Oslo pulls into Finse... This could be Syracuse, any day now... Go to the webcam here.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

(Almost) Land of the Midnight Sun

Finse on June 8 at 11 pm Norwegian time... Almost midnight sun.


And here this one on June 10 at 1:30 am Norwegian time.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Trainspotting Finse, Norway

The web is great for trainspotting, making accessible unusual venues all over the world. One I discovered and got hooked on during the fall of 2010 is the Finse small station on the Bergensbanen in Norway.


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.[1] 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).[7] It is the highest mainline railway line in Northern Europe,[8] crossing the Hardangervidda plateau at 1,237 metres (4,058 ft) above sea level.[6].

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...]

Finse Stasjon webcam page. Clock at bottom left counts down until departure of next passenger train. They don't stick around long. Crossing lights flash slowly (esp. when dark) increasing in frequency when a train is heading towards the station. Trains to Oslo appear from "tunnel" (man-made to protect turnouts...), trains to Bergen from the lower right.

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.

Enjoy!