All along, plans were around to extend the Säffle mainline to a town called Billdal (no picture shown, see routemap). There was only one real option for which route to go - via the tiny Ljunginge. Despite a population of below 1000, Ljunginge soon became the seaside hub of Hawthorn & Co. Buses from Åkersberga, boats from Katrineholm, mainline running right through.
And this extended mainline to Billdal could not also terminate in Landskrona, like the Malmö mainline does. Therefore, nearby Stockvik underwent a massive re-design to be able to handle the load. At times, this layout is not sufficient. This picture shows an average load for Stockvik, but there are 7 trains in the picture nonetheless. It turned out rather pretty, I have to say. To the north, trains run to Malmö and Billdal. To the southwest, they head to Landskrona. The eastern route is the original mainline from Ljungby and Höllviken to Stockvik itself.
A routemap for 1949. I could not get a better-looking view, so apologies for a large screenshot. Request if you wish!!
It is quite funky. The train for Stocktuna is a separate line running from Trelleborg to Bålsta. Through Härnösand, that 3platform station is part of the mainline down to Sala. At Härnösand, the middle platform can be used in both directions, while the two outer platforms are one-way stations only. Wide picture alert:ZxBiohazardZx wrote:stocktuna area looks fun
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Wow! I love how the railway line goes right under the centre of town - this is something I always try to do, but always end up removing the town and replacing it with a bridge, so I can have all my points and signals in there . Looks really impressive though, all the high-rises!Chrill wrote:It is quite funky. The train for Stocktuna is a separate line running from Trelleborg to Bålsta. Through Härnösand, that 3platform station is part of the mainline down to Sala. At Härnösand, the middle platform can be used in both directions, while the two outer platforms are one-way stations only. Wide picture alert:ZxBiohazardZx wrote:stocktuna area looks fun
I will start, however, with a huge map. I've made it .jpeg to decrease the file size (the .png ended up being about 5.5 MB), so apologies in advance on a non-perfect image quality. The picture shows Höllviken and Gustavsberg in 1956. The town of Höllviken has undergone a massive infrastructure redesign, with tram tracks in the middle of large avenues. A motorway has also been constructed between Höllviken and the town of Västerfors, passing by the new International Airport outside Höllviken. Airplanes fly from Höllviken to Gävle, Ljungby and Sala. The Höllviken Airfield will remain in use for flights to Umeå. Large picture alert: The town of Nässjö was by-passed when the mainline was built in the late 19th century. Since quite a while back, however, it sees regular bus services (buses were recently upgraded to lighting quick Brill IC-41s) to Bålsta and regular commuter trains to Hallstahammar. The junction does look odd, I agree, but it does the trick very well. It looks pretty, I must say: The town of Sala, where expansion certainly has taken place. The airfield east of the town sees regular service with old Fokker F.VIIs, relocated here when the new airport in Höllviken opened. The station itself most often serves as a place for passengers to change trains since very few trains actually pass through Sala. They terminate here:
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