Main > Reference > Sweden > Malmbana > Stations


Home

Reference
   Train Recognition Guide
   Super High Speed Main
   Manufacturers

   European Countries
    Austria
    Belgium

    Croatia
    Denmark

    Estonia

    Finland
    France
    Georgia
    Germany
    Italy
    Latvia
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Netherlands
    Norway
    Poland

    Russia
  > Sweden
      Gallery

      Electric Multiple Units
       X60 EMUs
       X3 EMUs
      Diesel Multiple Units
      Electric Locomotives
       IORE
       Rc/Rd
       Dm3
      Diesel Locomotives
      Malmbanan

       Malmbana Locos
       Malmbana Line
     > Malmbana Stations
      Stockholm traffic


    Switzerland
    United Kingdom

    North America



Timeline
Gallery

Vocabulary

Hobby

Courbevoie


 

Malmbana Stations and Line

Welcome to the Malmbana Stations and Line theme Page! The line has a number of interesting and unusual stations and surroundings, quite unlike you've seen elsewhere.
Gällivare station in Northern Sweden
Picture above: The Gällivare station is just one of the numerous interesting sites on Malmbana. Look at the unusual woodwork and styling of this station, which was built at the age of the large red brick structures. Picture by John McKey.

- - - Click any picture to see a larger version of it! - - -

  Kiruna - Narvik Line:
Kiruna - xxx - Bergfors - Torneträsk - xxx - Abisko Östra - Abisko Turist - Vassijaure snow sheds * Vassijaure - Riksgränsen - Björnfjellet - Katterat - West of Katterat on Mountains - Rombak - West of Rombak - Straumnes - Narvik - Fagernes

  Kiruna to Gällivare Line:
Kiruna and station - Kiruna depot and locoworks - Kiruna northern junction area -


  Kiruna to Svappavaara Line: * Svappavaara *


  Gällivare to Luleå Line: Gällivare -

 

  Surroundings of Kiruna


Created for 4rail.net by John McKey and Ilkka Siissalo. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo, Hannu Peltola, Andreas Ehnberg and John McKey.

Mozilla Firefox

Also in this sectionSBB RABe 514 number 054, Stadelhofen, Switzerland
Malmbana in the Norway's north is a major ore railroad with heaviest equipment in Europe.

MTAB IOREs number 127 and 128 at Sävast, Boden, Sweden
Malmbana Book is now part of this site too!

SSRT Rc6 number 1335 with a regional at Riksgränsen, Sweden
Like with any busy mainline, also the Malmbanan sees a multitude of locomotive models, all equipped for tough winter conditions.

To the top of the page


Kiruna to Narvik line of Malmbana

 Kiruna and Station

Unknown spotter in Kiruna, Sweden
The main mine hill, Kiruna, Sweden

Kiruna station, Sweden

The city of Kiruna was founded on the rich iron ore deposit that came to be exploited at the end of the 19th century. The bases for this beginning were that the iron refinement industry was developed far enough to exploit it, and the rail network was advanced enough and built far enough to north to carry it. To transport the iron ore a private railway enterprise "The Northern of Europe Railway Company" was started and the track building between Luleå on the Baltic sea cost and Gällivare half way to Kiruna commenced in 1884 and was finished four years later in 1888. After this the track was extended to Kiruna to exploit the iron ores in Kirunavaara and Luossavaara. Another track building projects north of Kiruna to Narvik was finished by 1902, but as a result of heavy capital costs and initial thin volumes the private company collapsed. This despite the fact that the track was built as cheaply and lightly as possible.

The Swedish and Norwegian states took over and started rebuilding the track to necessary condition for ore transportation. Even today all LKAB, MTAB, MTAS, Green Cargo, SSRT and SJ railroad and mining operators are all Swedish state owned. Which of course does not mean they would be free of competition. Quite contrary. All these companies have been developing their productivity all the time to survive, but they are capitalized quite well.

  An unknown spotter near the Kiruna mine enjoying the views and lot of railroad action on Malmbana. In the background is the other original ore mountain, Luossavaara. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.  


The city of Kiruna today has almost 20'000 inhabitants. Most of them one way or another, directly or indirectly serve the mine or providing services for those working there. This far North very few other ways to earn living exist. But the mining operations are formidable. Kiruna also has an airport where Richard Branson Virgin Galactica was earlier said to have wanted a base: the northern lights are really worth seeing, and seeing them from space doubly so.

  The Kirunavaara mine today is one of the largest underground mines in the world. To give a scale this mine produces a majority of the European production of iron ore, so this figure is huge. Mine's current level for operations is dug 1365 meters below the peak of the original Kirunavaara. Above on the ground the side rock piles span several square kilometers creating quite formidable new man made mountains.

On the picture highest above on the left can be seen Luossavaara, the other mountain giving name to the mining company. It today has a track entering the mountain and the slopes for a skiing center, with a crater in the middle of the mountain where the mine cave is located. All operations today are directed from the Kirunavaara side. If you look at the picture carefully, you can see that the ground is collapsing. Quite literally. So the Western side of town that is on the line giving way to ever expanding craters is in a process of being moved to safer grounds. Even a lake has been moved to safer distance here!

Picture by John McKey.


  On the railroading side Kiruna station demolished in 2013 was a typical brick architecture building of the area developed to take any weather no matter how low the temperature drops. Though the building here looks quite large for its time, many other brick station in Malmbana are even larger. The Kiruna station lied just below the hill where the city of Kiruna itself is built.

Although well worth preserving, the railroad in front of is also being removed, since the mine roof fracture is creeping right towards it several meters a year. The Malmbana line in Kiruna has been aligned also to the new route going behind the Kirunavaara several kilometers away, but for now the passenger services stop at Kiruna station and a couple of them is also overnighting there.

Pictures by John McKey.

Great Station Hotel in Kiruna, Sweden

  Just left of the station building is still for a little while a wooden station hotel of a Swedish northern style. To be built of wood, the building is surprisingly large and has rooms in three stories. Most rooms have been renovated to modern standards. Currently this building has a great hotel for any railfan or other tourist to stay. You can see the train coming and going right next to it, but you really can't hear them since the track is made so well.

Next to hotel terrace you can see a large statue commemorating the building of the Malmbana railway so the riches of the earth in Kiruna could be exploited.

Picture by John McKey.

   
To the top of the page



 Kiruna depot and Locomotive works area

LKAB IOREs 103 and 112 in Kiruna, Sweden

About one kilometer northwest of the Kiruna station is a place for the MTAB locoworks where IOREs, T46-2s, TMZ number 1413 and the remaining Dm3s are maintained and overhauled. These works have no difficulty operating even the most difficult tasks with these huge locomotives.

Next to the loco works is the plant for maintenance of the older ore cars. You can often see there many types lined up to be taken care.

The depot is not accessible for train tourism, but you can of course take pictures of the huge iron horses resting by the building from the opening in the fence.

  MTAB IOREs 102 and 113 have just arrived from Svappavaara mine with a rake of loaded iron powder ore carriers. In front of them are the switches for the triangle rails and the beginning of the Kiruna freight yard. Here the train is passing the Kiruna station platform.

LKAB IORE units 108 and 122 rolling past locoworks, while 121 and 125 keep dorming, Kiruna, Sweden MTAB Dm3s at Depot in Kiruna, Sweden
MTAB De3 number 1219 in Kiruna Sweden

Looking around the building the back side of it you might spot one or two electric locomotives, even a now rare Dm3 might be seen parked in reserve there. Any outbound train will use the curve here and if you wait, you just might be able to snap a cool curve view of the train approaching. Challenge here is that most outbounds start in before noon for Narvik and but the lighting is best in the evening.

  Still in the summer 2009 you could see a number of active Dm3s parked by the Kiruna locoworks building. Now these are either in reserve or serve as a source for spare parts. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

  Spotting 3 IORE sets simultaneously in curve might be possible here. The set on left on Malmbana main line is taking 64 pellet loaded ore carriers over the mountains to the harbor in Narvik. Picture by Hannu Peltola.

  Dm3 "Dennewitz" was one of the most pictured active units but has now been withdrawn. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

 


   
   
To the top of the page


 Northern Junction area of Kiruna

Green Cargo intermodal in the northern end of Kiruna, Sweden

Kiruna tracks from the station and around the Kirunavaara mines converge about 2 - 3 kilometers north of Kiruna passenger station. The mainline has now been mowed away from its earlier location and is now running from the Western side of Kirunavaara to here, that is on the other side of Kirunavaara seen from the city.

Reason for moving was that the top of the old mines under the Kiruna city are caving in, earth collapsing several meters per year. This has lead to parts of the city being moved away to safer grounds. The main Europe road leading through Kiruna will also be built to the other side of the city from its current location. Lots of housing in being constructed until 2015 when everything should be finished.

At the Kiruna northern junction a triangle track is used to lead traffic from any of the now three lines to any of them. In the distance behind the area, if you climb to a little higher grounds you can catch trains, lines, Luossajärvi (Lake Luossa) and the windmills on the hills in the same view! Or you could also drive by the bridge your car and wait there for the often frequent trains.

 

  A daily intermodal from Oslo and Luleå is seen here starting the last leg of the long journey. Today the motive power is provided by Norwegian CargoNet but otherwise the train is packed with various containers and trailers just like here.

  A view over Lake Luossa (Luossajärvi) to Kiruna center. In the foreground can be seen one of the rail bridges under construction.

  Part of the new triangle track leading passenger services and LKAB locomotives to Kiruna old station and locoworks.


Green Cargo intermodal in the northern end of Kiruna, Sweden
Kiruna city seen across the still quite large lake Kiruna northern junction under construction in 2011
To the top of the page


Vuonajohka river

Krokvik station

Lulit Suorri river

Rautas station

Alit Suorri river

Rensjö station

 Bergfors Station

Bergfors station, Kiruna, Sweden

  Bergfors is a station with two wild rivers running on both sides of the station, but station building only being of a very modest wooden WW2 style.

This kind of building style was very common till the end of 1950s. Actually the neighboring country Finland still is littered with this kind of 1,5 stories high houses. Many were built just after WW2, in the situation of severe poverty and about a million people to inhabit fast from the lands Soviet Union had pushed Finns away with its motorized warfare. This kind of house is special in that for example it saves nails needed to build houses. That is why it is sometimes called in Finnish economic history "a nail saving house model". Or as often you hear the saying "war veteran model". Anyway, it is well working in the Nordic conditions, so hundreds of thousands still exist, numerous modified, many still more of less unmodified.

The Bergfors station red color is common place for the houses in the North, probably contrasting nicely in with the snow and looking warm and inviting in the semidarkness of the winter. Most houses by the Torneträsk lake on Malmbana are of this color.

VR-Track Y7 motorized unit at Bergfors station, Sweden


  The Bergfors rail yard / siding can be seen behind the VR-Track owned Y7 rail bus. The Swedish built Y7 is used as a base and transportation for all kinds of minor repairs and inspections on Malmbana.

 

 

  Below the mountain rapids, which is the Bergfors' translated meaning in English. Note the sign saying that Malmbana now uses 30 to axle weight with the help (on the financial side) from the European Union.

Bergfors bridge "Malmbanan 30 tons", Kiruna, Sweden

Bergfors bridge "Malmbanan 30 tons", Kiruna, Sweden

To the top of the page



 Torneträsk Station
MTAB IORE units 108 and 122 at Torneträsk station, Kiruna, Sweden Torneträsk station, Northern Sweden

MTAB IORE units 108 and 122 at Torneträsk station, Kiruna, Sweden

Torneträsk is one of the huge buildings in the wilderness initially combining both station facilities and the power conversion for the railway next to it. Hard winters most days of the year meant that the building had to be as supportive as possible to the railroad next to it - at all weather conditions. The station is situated on the side of the mountain overlooking its namesake huge lake: the Torneträsk.

Special to this station is breathtaking scenery being located both on the mountain side and offering unhindered views to lake and hills far away. The rail line here has part of the site a 3% grade and a double s-curve and the secenery supports well picture taking. If you are visiting Malmbana, be sure to stop here as the station is a very easy target to find on the way between Kiruna and Narvik.

  Above the huge Torneträsk station which once housed a large scale electricity conversion and transforming station too.

MTAB IORE units 108 and 122 at Torneträsk station, Kiruna, Sweden



 
On the left a series of pictures from the Visions series article Running with IORE, which you might be interested to read too. Here a heavy iron ore train has just crested the peak of the mountain on the eastern side of the station and is taking the gently downward sloping double S curves at the station area.

 

 

 

 

 

MTAB IORE units 108 and 122 at Torneträsk station, Kiruna, Sweden Torneträsk station and Malmbana line, Kiruna, Sweden
MTAB IORE units 108 and 122 at Torneträsk station, Kiruna, Sweden

 

   Here the Torneträsk station is seen in the background from the eastern end of the Torneträsk yard and the start of the heavy grade.


  This is also one of the places where the heavy ore trains can easily stop to pass each other despite the grade. The sidings are quite long. Here the IORE unit 124-125 is waiting for green light to proceed with a bunch of empties from Narvik.

 

MTAB IORE units 108 and 122 at Torneträsk station, Kiruna, Sweden Torneträsk station, Northern Sweden
To the top of the page



Stenbacken station


Kaisepakte station (68.287239,19.298773)


Stordalen (68.343912,19.068596)

  Abisko Östra Station
Abisco Östra station on Malmbana line, Kiruna, Sweden Abisko Östra, Sweden

Abisko Östra, Sweden

Sometimes it seems like Malmbana could not exist without Abisko even today. It has almost all the services in the area, next ones being nearly 100 kilometers away. This is also one of the places, where the sun is shining if it is in general possible that sun can be seen. The big hills on the southwestern corner effective seem to scrape the cloud cover away. This in turn has lead to tourist industry developing here. You can hike, ski cross country and downhill here, go fishing on the lake or rivers, or just enjoy the unspoiled nature all around. Lots of Swedes take an overnight train here to spend an active holiday in peace. For this reason there has been and extensive development project at and around the Abisko Östra station, which is larger of the two stations.

Abisko Östra is the main station in the area. It has extensive long sidings, long passenger platforms built in 2012 and a small roundhouse and depot area. Even the longest passenger trains can stop at Abisko Östra now. Lots of iron ore trains can be seen passing this station's hillmost tracks. Around roundhouse most of the time various maintenance of the way equipment can be found. Abisko Östra is also the station where you find the only restaurant and shop in the area, so you are bound to eat your lunch by the main road here.

Abisko Turist is another small station with a short platform some distance west of the Abisko Östra. Trains probably stop here only when needed. It is obvious that the main purpose for the station is mainly to serve the nearby Abisko turist station hotel. No sidings exist here. For more on Abisko Turist, please see the next module.


   ,   and Abisko Östra is one of the largest stations on Malmbana. The station building has a village around it and there is even a MOW depot at the other end of the yard. The architecture again is very typical to the line, and Sweden. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

  As unusual as it may seem, Stockholm is located some 1506 kilometers / 100 miles south of here! Even though this is not all the way to the mountain range ridge, the elevation of the track starting at the sea level on both ends has already risen to 388 meters / 1000 feet from the south.

  The summer view to the lake and housing next to the station can be seen quite idyllic. Pictures below were taken by Ilkka Siissalo in July.

Abisko Östra station on Malmbana, Sweden
Village street view, Abisko Östra, Sweden A view from Torneträsk station in northern Sweden
Abisco Östra station on Malmbana line & skidoo, Sweden


  Here two models of skidoos can be seen. The "Snow bike" in the foreground is much lighter and with its wide supporting skis can go from here down to Torneträsk lake even when the ice is so thin you would not risk a fishing trip with the heavier one.

  Since the Abisko Östra huge construction work occurred in Sweden and in the middle of sensitive arctic nature, a great care was taken not to disturb it any more than was necessary. Here is a sign about the green construction site, with definitions what this means.

Abisko Östra construction sign, Sweden  
To the top of the page



  Abisko Turist Station
Abisko tourist station, Sweden

Located just over 2 kilometers / under 1,5 miles east of huge Abisko Östra station there is another tiny station Abisko Turist. As the name suggest this serves the nearby tourist station hotel, as well as is a good point to start hiking or skiing to the mountain right next to it. With not sidings and short platform it is likely that only the quite short but frequent regional passenger trains will be able to stop here.

  and Two views to the Abisko Turist station on the curve. Pictures by John McKey and Hannu Peltola.

  The station sign and the camping car seen behind it. Camping car can be seen as an ideal vehicle, although very costly, for seeing the nature here and stopping where ever needed.

Abisko tourist station, Sweden
Abisko tourist station, Sweden

To the top of the page

>->

Tunnel 68.393033,18.70064

Björkliden Station

Tornehamn

Kopparåsen


Siding / station @ 68.42642,18.509077

Låktatjåkka station‎

Låktatjåkka snow shed

Låktatjåkka snow shed 2‎

 

 Snow sheds and small tunnel @ 68.42562,18.276894
MTAB IORE units 116 and 126 at Vassijaure tunnel, Sweden MTAB IORE units 116 and 126 at Vassijaure tunnel, Sweden

Just before Vassijaure station arriving from east there is a tunnel and snow shed sheltering the Malmbana line and rolling stock effectively from the harsh elements all around here.

This is also an excellent spot to catch a train against the snow capped mountain back drop with a camera. If the snow and traffic allows, stroll around a little to find "a perfect spot" to catch the whole formidable ore train with a mountain backdrop here.

  and Here the train is just exiting the outmost snow shed before arriving to Vassijaure station. This is a pretty good spot if you are following the train by car and don't have time to look around for other picture taking opportunities.

   

To the top of the page

 Vassijaure station
SSRT Rc6 number 1334 with SJ regional train at Vassijaure, Sweden SSRT Rc6 number 1334 with SJ regional train at Vassijaure, Sweden
Vassijaure station and Malmbana line, Sweden

Vassijaure station is located just around the bend from the snow shed in the previous section. The area is rising so high from the sea level that in the arctic climate it is starting to look like this is one of the last places for the snow to start melting.

For the writer of this Vassijaure has always been snow covered, but as the pictures below by Ilkka show this is not always the case.

A Vassijaure station in northern Sweden A view to hills from Vassijaure in northern Sweden

To the top of the page

Vassijaure snow sheds

68.426634,18.201803

Katterjokk station

 Riksgränsen (a border of Sweden and Norway)
SSRT Rc6 number 1333 at Riksgränsen, Sweden SSRT Rc6 number 1333 at Riksgränsen, Sweden
Snowshed at Riksgränsen, Sweden Well, we could have a series of pictures at the stations with one of SSRT owned and SJ operated Rc6 locomotives and a regional service present...or every SSRT Rc6 unit at Riksgränsen ;) Above the units 1333 and 1335 have just stopped for a crew change at the Swedish Norwegian border.

Riksgränsen is a tunneled snow shed station quite unlike anything else around here. It once had a magnificent covered train shed with beautiful woodwork and lots of glass windows, many tracks provided for trains. Not anymore. The location has changed so much it is even hard to spot where the earlier station was located. Now the station is served just by this one track running across the border 100 meters west of here.

  A great looking wooden snow shed? Take another look and clock the picture and you might be surprised! Thsi shed runs along the mountain side all the way to the Norwegian side from Riksgränsen in Sweden.
Snowshed at Riksgränsen, Sweden
 

To the top of the page

 

Norway

 Bjørnfjell snow sheds

LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway

Bjørnfjell is the last spot where the track comes adjacent to the road before Straumnes near Narvik. If you suspect that the train might be coming and weather allows, this is one of the good picture taking spots, especially from above the track (so you have to walk a little away from the road). Maybe it is good to say here that the timetables are NOT accurate, they are only obeyed if it is possible. Many times the trains are running half and hour or hour late. The good news is that there is so much traffic that if the weather is ok, you should be able to pick a good spot, sit down for a while and see a train or a few in a short period of time.


One of the times chasing the trains in the Swedish and Norwegian mountains there was one unit slowly circling the tight curve coming out of the snow shed and turning to south. IORE units 116 and 126 had a fully loaded ore train in tow.

In the end of May up there the weather can turn any time to a real blizzard like in a pictures.

Pictures by John McKey and Hannu Peltola.

 

 

 

 

LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway


LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway
LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway
LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway
To the top of the page



 Katterat station and surroundings
MTAB IOREs number 106 and 102 in the Norwegian mountains After Björnfjell the Malmbana line and the road diverge and taking pictures in Katterat will mean either several kilometers of mountain hiking or riding a train there. Both have their good and bad points, the nature here being quite unique you are bound to miss a lot of it by taking a train. But hiking there can also be quite demanding.

  IORE units 102 and 106 are here seen pulling a string of empties back from Narvik in a pretty typical winter weather. Picture by David Gubler.

  A few years ago you could see even this happening in the heights of Katterat: A Dm3 number 1218- is leading the ore transport out of the tunnel in the with snow flying! Picture by David Gubler.
MTAB Dm3 "Dennewitz" in the Norwegian mountains  

To the top of the page

 West of Katterat
CargoNet class 119 with intermodal at Rombak near Narvik, Norway CargoNet class 119 with intermodal at Rombak near Narvik, Norway
MTAB IOREs in the mountains at Rombak near Narvik, Norway The area West of Katterat is covered with steep rising mountains that often fall sraight into the fjord below. This has forced to Malmbana line to be build on ledges and carving to the mountain side (tunneling was very work intensive in the old days). Looking at the pictures taken several kilometers / miles away show the difficulty of this approach. The snow and ice easily fill the line unless it is equipped with lots of snow sheds too. Even then, heavy snow plows and rotaries might be needed.


  Pictures here are all taken across the fjord by climbing up to the mountain at the point where the Malmbana can again be seen emerging to the mountain side on its almost final grade down to Narvik. The line is here at the elevation of 500 meters and the mountain sides fall straight into the deep waters of the fjord. Pictures by Hannu Peltola and John McKey.
   

To the top of the page


 Rombak station and surroundings
CargoNet class 119 with intermodal at Rombak near Narvik, Norway CargoNet class 119 with intermodal at Rombak near Narvik, Norway
CargoNet class 119 with intermodal at Rombak near Narvik, Norway

Rombak station has no public road to it. Meaning that you either have to take a train there or climb 500 meters / 1700 feet up the mountain slope. This is the upward motion, NOT the distance from the side of the fjord where you can park the car. The gravel road starting there has a barrier and a small shed located not far behind so you recognize the right crossing. The shed was most likely for snow mobiles and crawlers which make much sense in this terrain shoudl something happen to railway or electric lines.

  In these pictures the CargoNet class CE119 TRAXX 2 locomotive with an intermodal is stopping on the downhill sloping station of Rombak on the hillside sloping towards Narvik. The MTAB double IORE locos pulled service will pass in just a couple of minutes.
Pictures by Hannu Peltola and John McKey.

 

 

   

To the top of the page


 West of Rombak Tunnel
LKAB IOREs 113 and 103 going in the tunnel in the Norwegian mountains, Rombak, Norway

  Here comes the IORE pulled train of empties uphill towards Rombak. It enters the tunnel with a grade downwards swiftly and soon the hopper cars are gone.

  Once past the station area the CargoNet TRAXX2 CE119 number 008 starts from the siding and dashes for its last 10 kilometers leg of the 2400 kilometer route from Oslo. The unit has worked in tow much of the merchandise you can buy at the Narvik grocery stores or for that matter any other stores, postal services packages, spare parts for the machinery, etc. This is one of the every night arriving services that keep the small harbor city on its tracks.

 

 

 

CargoNet class 119 with intermodal at Rombak near Narvik, Norway CargoNet class 119 with intermodal at Rombak near Narvik, Norway

To the top of the page


  Straumsnes station
LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the tunnel in Straumnes in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway Vossloh end buffer, Straumnes, Norway
LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the tunnel in Straumnes in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway

Straumnes is a village on the steep mountainside with a wonderful views to the mountains and the fjord right below it. This is also the last station before Narvik nearby.

For many railfans this location is well known for its short tunnel with a little red guards hut next ot the entrance, nicely contrasting when you take a picture of the huge ore trains here. If it is not raining you can also enjoy spectacular views from here.

Straumnes station is accessible by a small service road from the main road.

To the top of the page


Narvik

 Narvik station area and surroundings
Narvik station, Norway MTAB IOREs 103 and 113 in Narvik, Norway
Narvik station, Norway


The Northernmost end of the Malmbana is the city of Narvik, Norway. Here are located the formidable transloading facilities of both LKAB and Northland Resources for loading the ocean going ships with the iron pellets and powder of the mines of LKAB and Northland Resources.

Narvik also has a sizable passenger station located conveniently almost at the heart of the city, but so that most of the time heavy winds so common here can't reach this spot.

MTAS T44 number 5 switching in Narvik, Norway LKAB IORE number 125 and 126 in front of empties, Narvik, Norway

To the top of the page

 

 Narvik Fagernes harbor area
CargoNet class Skd226 number 06 in Narvik, Norway

Fagernes area on Narvik's southern side by the sea has two harbors. One is for the general commodity and maybe fishing vessels, the other is used by Northland Resources' ore exports.

  The CargoNet class 226 (similart to Swedish class Z66) have served the port facilities for the past 15 years. The rail yard here is small enough for a light switcher like this to be able to handle most work.

 

   

To the top of the page


----------------------------

Kiruna to Svappavaara branch line of Malmbana

Kiruna southern junction

Aptas

Pitkäjärvi

 

 

 Svappavaara
LKAB IORE 123 waiting for loads in Svappavaara mine, Sweden LKAB IORE 123 waiting for loads in Svappavaara mine, Sweden
 

Svappavaara is an area of open pit mining activity with a medium sized ore train loading facility right around the corner from the mine. The electric line from Kiruna southern junction stretches this far so IOREs can run the ore trains to any location on Malmbana.

One important observation is that the ore loaded here is in powder form, either taken like that to Luleå or (rarely) Narvik harbor or tranported to Kiruna pelletizing plant.

 

   

To the top of the page



----------------------------

Kiruna to Gällivare to Luleå line of Malmbana

 Kiruna Station

Kiruna station, Sweden

Kiruna station is of typical brick architecture of the area built to take any weather no matter how low the temperature drops. The station lies just below the hill where the city of Kiruna itself is built.

Although well worth preserving, the future of the building looks brim, since the mine roof fracture is creeping right towards it several meters a year. The Malmbana line in Kiruna has already been aligned also to the new route, but for now the passenger services stop at Kiruna station and a couple of them is also overnighting there.

Picture by John McKey.

 

 

Great Station Hotel in Kiruna, Sweden


Just left of the station building is a wooden station hotel of a Swedish northern style. To be built of wood, the building is surprisingly large and has rooms in three stories. Most rooms have been renovated to moderns standards. Currently this building has a great hotel for any railfan or other tourist to stay. You can see the train coming and going right next to it, but you really can't hear them since the track is made so well.

Next to hotel terrace you can see a large statue commemorating the building of the Malmbana railway so the riches of the earth in Kiruna could be exploited.

Picture by John McKey.

   
   
To the top of the page


Small Depot South of Station


Southern Junction area of Kiruna

Kalixfors

Kalixfors Bron

Gäddmyr

Sjiska Station

Lappberg Station

Kaitum Station

Bridges over the Kaitum River

Fjällasen Station

Factory at 67.406490, 20.102266, Harrå

Station at 67.25519, 20.240389, Håmojåkk

Linaälv

Sikträsk Station

 

 Gällivare Station
Gällivare station in Northern Sweden

Gällivare is a community of 8500 people located almost half way between Kiruna and Narvik. It is and has been a town with historic roots deep into the mining operations. Not far from the Gällivare center is Malmberget, an ex. mining site on the hillside. There you can seen caved in parts of the city with housing next to these just a fence separating them. Behind Malmberget hill (north of Gällivare) there is still iron refining going on despite the mines being run out of minerals. On the southern side of the town a huge mining operation is running even today.

Looking at the railroads in Gällivare the heavy and relatively busy Malmbana mainline runs through the city. Also a few kilometers long siding leading behind the Malmberget can be found here. The rail yard of Gällivare is exceptionally large (only Kiruna, Boden and Luleå exceeding this) so you are bound to find many interesting rail vehicles here in a number of different colors as well.

A Swedish line running inlands called "Inlandsbana" stretches here too from Malmbana. This line is lightly equipped and has only occasional traffic on it. It is however an important line should something happen to the north-south main line "Norrlandsbana" leading southwest of Boden.

   
   
   
   

To the top of the page

Harrträsk

Ripats

Nuortikon

Kilvo

Nattavaara

Koskivaara

Polcirceln

Murjek

Näsberg

Lakaträsk

Gullträsk

Sandträsk

Gransjö

Ljuså

Holmfors

Boden

Sävast

Norra Sunderbyn

Södra Sunderbyn

Notviken

Luleå

------------

Branch from Luleå

Notviken

Gammelstad

Karlvikshyttan


To the top of the page

ReferenceGalleriesArticlesMore
© 4rail.net Railroad Reference 2004 - 2014   -   Created 2.12.2011 John McKey, updated 9.2.2014