Ofoten Line

The Ofoten Line (Norwegian: Ofotbanen) is a 43-kilometre (27 mi) railway line in Narvik, Norway. It runs from the Port of Narvik to Riksgränsen on the Norway–Sweden border, where the line continues as the Ore Line via Kiruna and Gällivare to Luleå. The Ofoten Line is single track, electrified at 15 kV 16⅔ Hz AC and has seven stations. The line only connects to the rest of the Norwegian railway network via Sweden. The main traffic is up to twelve daily freight trains operated by Malmtrafik that haul iron ore from Sweden to Narvik. In addition, CargoNet operates container trains, branded as the Arctic Rail Express (ARE), and SJ operates passenger trains, including a night train to Stockholm. The Ofoten Line is also part of the Northern East West Freight Corridor, which hauls containers from China and India to North America.

Construction of the Ofoten Line started in 1898 along with the Ore Line from Riksgränsen to Kiruna. They were completed in 1902, allowing LKAB to haul ore from their mines in Kiruna to the ice-free Port of Narvik. Operation and ownership of the line was held by the Norwegian State Railways. The line was electrified in 1915 and NSB started using El 3 and El 4 locomotives. During World War II, the ore traffic stopped because of the Battles of Narvik and the bombing of the town. In the following decades, NSB introduced El 12 and El 15 locomotives. In 1996, operation of the ore trains was taken over by Malmtrafik, which was controlled by and now is a subsidiary of the mining company LKAB. The same year, ownership of the railway line was transferred to the newly created Norwegian National Rail Administration. The line has been upgraded to 30 tonnes (30 long tons; 33 short tons) axle loads, allowing the new Iore locomotives to haul 8,600 tonnes (8,500 long tons; 9,500 short tons) trains.

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Ofoten Line - History
... Four years later, the first part of the Ore Line, from Malmberget to Luleå, was completed ... and the Government of Sweden bought the line for 8 million Swedish krona (SEK), half the investment cost ... Construction of the Ore Line and Ofoten Line from Gällevare to Narvik started in 1898 and was completed in 1902 ...
Malmbanan - History - Establishment of Malmtrafik
... of LKAB taking over operation could be that passenger trains on the lines would be terminated ... Energy and Communications who had the authority to award traffic rights on the stem lines, in particular along the Main Line in Upper Norrland ... The rights also did not affect the Ofoten Line ...
Iore - History
... The Ofoten Line and the Iron Ore Line are two railroad lines which were built to allow iron ore to be hauled from the LKAB's mines in Kiruna, Svappavaara and Malmberget in Sweden to Luleå on the Baltic Sea in ... Historically, these lines were operated by the Norwegian State Railways (NSB) in Norway and the Swedish State Railways (SJ) in Sweden, but in 1996 the ... At the time, the line was using El 15 and Dm3 locomotives ...
Malmbanan - History - Heavier Trains
2005, and demanded that the track owners grant sufficient funding to upgrade the lines from 25-tonne (25-long-ton 28-short-ton) to 30-tonne (30-long-ton 33-short-ton) maximum permitted axle load ... The upgrade for the Ofoten Line would cost 180 million Norwegian krone, and would allow LKAB to increase the train weight from 4,100 to 8,600 tonnes (4,000 to 8,500 long tons 4,500 to 9,500 short tons) ... for NOK 100 million of the NOK 130 million needed to upgrade the Ofoten Line ...
Malmtrafik - History - Heavier Trains
... the track owners grant sufficient funding to upgrade the lines from 25-tonne (25-long-ton 28-short-ton) to 30-tonne (30-long-ton 33-short-ton) maximum permitted axle load ... The upgrade for the Ofoten Line would cost 180 million Norwegian krone, and would allow LKAB to increase the train weight from 4,100 to 8,600 tonnes (4,000 to 8,500 long tons 4,500 to 9,500. 100 million of the NOK 130 million needed to upgrade the Ofoten Line ...

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