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The Tram man

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  1. Thanks for your reply. I thought the collection would be too large to keep in one place, but as i've never been there i had no idea.
  2. I just have one little question considering how large their collection is: where exactly do they store everything? I mean, do they have enough tracks to display everything at the same time?
  3. You should come to Sweden! Most, if not all, of the museum railroads here operate steam on a daily basis during the summer months. I hate them because they're ugly, uncomfortable, they rarely work 100%(if you see a train without doors that are out of order, that's rare), they all smell like stables most of the time, and i am telling you: they are not built for the Swedish climate. They've been in service since 2005, and every winter more than half the fleet is standing still simply because of the cold.* But then again, none of the commuter trains we've had in Stockholm have worked very well during the winters. *That's the one thing i like about them; when they break down. Because that's when the X10's kick into action. And i LOVE the X10 EMU's. My favorites were the X1's, but they are long gone... Thanks mate!
  4. Sunday On sunday, some friends and i went out to try to catch the ore trains running between Dannemora and Hargshamn, and we were... More or less successful. Out first stop along the way though was Faringe, end of the line for the museum line Uppsala Länna Järnväg. "The Frog" as the engine is known was resting with a flanger out on the yard. I can't get my head around why the flanger was out as there wasn't any snow to be seen, atleast not there. After a nice chat with one of the council workers we left and headed for the Dannemora mine. One of the ore trains serving the mine was lurking in the distance, but it didn't run. The trip was cancelled. Figures... Luckily though we were able to get closer to the engines. We were still outside the fences when we took photos of them. Two Td diesels, sadly shut down at the time. An abandoned railway line, mostly intact though. Most of the rail is still in place, and from what i understood, most if not all the signals, minus electrical equipment. However the catenary and signs were all removed, even the crossing signs. Another shot of the line at another location, only about a kilomter away. After another car ride of over an hour we reached Tillberga where Swedtrac and Jernhusen have a large facility for rebuilding trains. I doubt this was in for rebuilding though. This, like the next shot, was taken through the fence. One of the benefits of having a small camera. The cab of one of Skånetrafikens X61 EMU's, also shot at Tillberga. I couldn't get any more of the train in the photo, sadly. Back in Stockholm, or, well, Södertälje. My train home, one of Stockholmstågs X60 EMU's. God i hate those plastic rockets. Thanks for looking! Hope you enjoyed it!
  5. First a round trip on a steam train, and then a spotting trip that was more or less successful. Saturday On saturday, february 15th, the Stockholm Steamengine Society ran roundtrips between Stockholm Central and the Tomteboda postal terminal with S1 #1921 as power. Sadly i couldn't get a shot of the engine before the train departed, but i did get one afterwards. However... after an 11min ride i had, sort of, access to a trainspotting location i never thought i'd visit. Tomteboda! Lots of Green Cargo power was just standing there with not a whole lot moving. I also got two shots of my favorite power: the mighty Tb locos of former Banverket, now InfraNord. The Tb is the larger one on the right and the smaller one is a Tc. Both types were originally built for snow plowing duties. Some more Tb's. As we weren't allowed off the train these were the best shots i could get. And here comes out power! S1 #1921 running around the train. My first shot of one of GC's V5 switchers. It came as a surprise coupled behind Rd #1072. And i caught #1072 as we were leaving Tomteboda on our way back to Stockholm Central. Stabled X10's waiting for something to go wrong. Either that or the evening rush hour. X2000 after arrival from the south. Our beautiful power. I can't believe the ride was free! I also got a nice video of the train departing for its second roundtrip of the day.
  6. Is it just me or is the London Underground getting less and less interesting? A few years ago i wanted to go there just to do some spotting, seeing the old stock still running. I just haven't had the money to go, and now these beauties are going aswell.
  7. Thanks! Oh we did. Most of the time. We did miss two freight trains we planned to see because they were early, and some of the buildings we were going to see were already torn down. And then there was that incident with the tree accross the road, a former single track rail line, in the middle of a dark forrest. But other than that, it was a great day. Thanks for looking.
  8. Yesterday, December 30th, some friends and i had planned to go accross Sweden from Stockholm in the east, to Grängesberg in the west, and to make a few spotting stops along the way. Needless to say that not all our plans went as we had hoped, and that we were out for longer than any of us had expected. But we all had a great day with lots of fun and good shots. Anyway, going up at 05:00 in order to go spotting does have its advantages. No traffic, and great sunrise light for example. The day started off great, actually, as i got to rid my (current) favorite type of commuter cars out of pure chance. X10 3166 after i got off the train at the station where we met up. At our first stop along the way, at an old limestone ropeway that's being demolished, i managed to catch my first VL bus. After that we carried on towards the west and stopped at the small town Fellingsbro to get some pics of the closed railroad station there. The tracks and platform is still there, but no trains stop here. We pushed on, eventually reaching a town called Frövi. We found little of any interest, but nonetheless we took a little look at the transformer station located in the outskirts of town. Unlike my fellow travellers though i didn't bother with a pic of that building as i found the view in the other direction much better. That town was also the site of the days first encounter with a passenger train, which we did see plenty of during the day. A short drive later we stopped at an old railcrossing. While it looks like there hasn't been a train through there for years, the line was actually closed pretty recently. But that was just the first of two grade crossings we stopped at, on the same stretch of track. The second one though had a spectacular look in the sunlight. The warning for the catenary is still there, but the wire is long gone. The poles still stand for some reason. Next we came to the old station building in the town known as Sällinge. A very nice looking building in my opinion, but sadly no trains stop here anymore. Then we got in the car yet again and set of for a new target. This time it was the old, abandoned roundhouse in Kopparberg. Not much to see there. Leaving the roundhouse behind we set up a spotting point at one of the towns grade crossings. This gave me the best train picture i took all day. A TiB Regina entering Kopparberg. Less than five minutes later, another Regina left Kopparberg in the other direction and passed our spotting point. After that, we grabbed a bite to eat and left Kopparberg for our next target, the former and future mining town of Grängesberg. On the way though we were lucky to catch one last Regina on a stretch of non-welded track, something which all of us enjoyed very much. When we got to Grängesberg though we did some "city sightseeing" in the car, looking at all the abandoned buildings we could find. But then, by one of the mining facilities, we found a tiny little mine train. Other than that there wasn't much to photograph in the town, atleast nothing that interested me. After that stop though we kept moving, but this time we were heading home again. Stopping in Ludvika though i got to take my first pictures of buses from Dalatrafik. Here, two Volvo's are waiting for their assignments. Another Volvo looking like it was ready to go. Finally, i also got a shot of one of my favorite Volvo types: the B10. Im not exactly sure what model B10 this is, but i love them all. After that we headed straight for Stockholm, stopping only to get some dinner. And once because there was a tree on the road. Oh well, what can you do? But we did manage to get back to Stockholm. And shortly after this final shot of the day was taken, everyone had gone their seperate ways, having promised eachother that "we have to do this again some day." I hope you enjoyed this little trip report from a country not often seen on this forum.
  9. December 7th i went out to catch some steam on the now 110 year old line to Nynäshamn outside Stockholm. Enjoy!

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