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The Bergen Line (Norwegian: Bergensbanen), also called the Bergen Railway, is a 371-kilometre (231 mi) long 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.

The railway opened from Bergen to Voss in 1883 as the narrow gauge Voss Line. In 1909 the route was continued over the mountain to Oslo and the whole route converted to standard gauge, and the Voss Line became part of the Bergen Line. The line is single track, and was electrified in 1954-64. The Bergen Line is owned and maintained by the Norwegian National Rail Administration, and served with passenger trains by Norwegian State Railways (NSB) and freight trains by CargoNet. The Flåm Line remains as the only branch line, after the closure of the Hardanger Line. The western section from Bergen to Voss is also served by the Bergen Commuter Rail, and was shortened following the 1966 opening of the Ulriken Tunnel.

We had planned a trip on this famous railway for many years and at last we had our tickets and boarded the train at Lysaker in Oslo on May 15, at 8.22 a.m. According to the timetable we should be in Bergen at 2:52 p.m., six and a half hours on the train. But when we reached Gol at 11 a.m., we were informed that there was no power across the Hardangervidda, due to a storm the previous day.

We had to continue the journey by bus to Bergen. So we naturally were a bit disappointed. Our disappointment became even worse when the bus broke down after only five minutes. The driver got instructions on his phone how to reset the automatic gearbox. I guess he did something like ”Ctrl-Alt-Del” and finally we could move on towards Bergen. We finally arrived in Bergen at around 5 p.m. (with a new bus from Flåm).

This picture was taken at Hemsedal, a famous winter sport area. As you can see there is still plenty of snow at the middle of May. The poles along the road are to indicate where the road is, when the snow is very deep.

The picture was taken approximatively here, you can drag the yellow man and put him at the red marker and pan around.

The next day we went back to Oslo again, there was electicity all the way, but now the engine didn´t work! With a new engine, we could finally make our train trip (an hour delayed…)

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