The Rauma Line
The Rauma Line is a 114.2 kilometer long railway between Åndalsnes and Dombås. Running down the Romsdalen valley, the line opened between 1921 and 1924 as a branch of the Dovre Line, which connects to the cities of Oslo and Trondheim.
Originally intended as the first stage to connect Ålesund, and possibly also Molde and Kristiansund, no extensions have ever been realized. The unelectrified line is served four times daily with Norwegian State Railways. In the summer a tourist service operates from Åndalsnes to Bjorli.
The line features two horseshoe curves and has a 655 meter elevation drop. Among the line´s features is the Kylling Bridge and views of the mountainous valley. Five stations remain in use: Dombås, Lesja, Lesjaverk, Bjorli and Åndalsnes. There have been launched plans to replace the line with a high-speed railway.
Dombås is located 343 kilometers from Oslo on the Dovre Line. North of the station, both lines run into each their own tunnel, collectively known as the Dombås Tunnel, with the Rauma Line heading northwest into the flat Lesja area.
At 3.6 kilometers from Dombås, the line runs across the Jora Bridge, a 85 meter long arch bridge with a main span of 54 meter main span. After passing the now closed and demolished Bottheim Station, the line reaches Lesja Station, which is 17 kilometers from Dombås.
Although not normally manned, it can be manned if needed for trains to pass. The line then passes the closed Lora Station, before reaching Lesjaverk Station, which is 37 kilometers from Dombås.
The next station is Bjorli, which is manned and located 57 kilometers from Dombås. Located at 575 meters, it serves an Alpine skiing center during the winter.
The next section of railway sees a major drop in elevation. The line crosses the river Rauma on the Stuguflåt Bridge, and then runs through the 1,396 meters long Stavem Tunnel. It is constructed as part of a horseshoe curve, and the railway continues, backtracking further down the valley and reaching Verma Station.
It is located 75 kilometers from Dombås and at 273 meter elevation; it is normally unmanned, but is manned in case trains need to pass. Immediately after the station comes the 480 meter long Kylling Tunnel, which puts the railway in the right angle to cross Rauma on the Kylling Bridge.
The 76 meters long arch bridge with a 42 meters long main span has a 59 meters clearance to the river below. The section from Verma Station and past Kylling Bridge acts as a new horseshoe curve.
The last part of the line is the most scenic, with excellent views of the valley of Romsdalen, including the Romsdalsalpene, and features such as Trollveggen and Romsdalshorn.
The line continues past Flatmark Station, Marstein Station, Romsdalshron Station, runs through the 32 meters long Åk Tunnel before reaching Åndalsnes Station. The station is 457 kilometers from Oslo and serves a town with 3,000 people located on a fjord.