Inland railway – the railway through the whole inland

HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY. The first part of the Inlandsbanan was opened in 1912 and in the following years more and more sections were opened. However, it would take many years to complete the construction and it was not until 1937 that the last section was completed.

The inland line stretches from Kristinehamn by Lake Vänern to Gällivare in the Ore Fields. It is almost 1,300 kilometers and runs through the entire interior of Sweden. The first ideas of a connection from the northern to the southern parts of the country were presented in the late 19th century.

In 1907, the Riksdag decided to build the first link: Östersund – Ulriksfors.
The last section Jokkmokk − Gällivare was completed in 1937 when the inauguration of the entire course also took place. In September 1991, passenger traffic on the Inlandsbanan was shut down. Today, the line is managed by a local “railway plant”, Inlandsbanan AB, but not all lines are in use.

This is a graphic spread from the magazine Teknikhistoria number 8, 2020. Subscribe to this.

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