100th anniversary of the electrification of the Ofotbanen railway

28 August 2023

100th anniversary of the electrification of the Ofotbanen railway

Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the electrification of the Ofotbanen together with Bane NOR, LKAB, Narvik Museum and Arctic Train!

Svarthvitt historisk foto: Narvik stasjon ofotbanen pyntet persontog, trolig tatt ved den høytidelige åpningen for elektrisk drift 10. juli 1923

This year it is 100 years since the Ofoten Railway switched to electric operation. The railway line from Narvik to Riksgränsen was electrified, and you could finally drive the entire stretch from Narvik to Luleå with electrically powered trains.

The anniversary will be marked with an event up at Katterat station. The anniversary celebration starts with a great train ride from Narvik station to Katterat.

Historisk svarthvitt foto av transformatorstasjonen på Katterat Stasjon. Fjell i bakgrunnen.

 Date: 8 September

When: 16:00-21:00

Place: Narvik st. / Katterat st.

 16:00 – Departure from Narvik station by Arctic Train: Hop on board the train that takes you on a historic journey along the Ofoten Railway, just as it was done 100 years ago. The train leaves at 16:00 so arrive well in advance. 

20:25 – Return to Narvik from Katterat: The train will take you safely back to Narvik station. Arrival at Narvik st. approx. 21:00.

Program for the event:

 Opening speech with Thor Brækkan on the importance of electrification. 

Food service: There will be food service under the auspices of the anniversary. 

Playing with Rallarklubben: Join the games and activities that Rallarklubben has prepared for all ages. 

Guided tour of Trafoen: Join us for an exciting tour of the transformer with a guide who gives you insight into the technological aspects. 

Guiding to “Hundalen”: Guided tour where you can explore the model that shows how Hundalen looked in the old days. 

Music with Ensemble Oscar

Dance with Kulturskolen’s students: Experience the “Work It Out” dance by talented students from the cultural school. 

Theatre performance: The navvie from our local theatre team.

Price: The event is free

Registration HERE

Read more about the event HERE

Accessibility: The Arctic Train has accessible trains with a wheelchair ramp and universally designed toilets. Please note that there are unfortunately no disabled toilet facilities available during the event at Katterat station.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Efforts are being made to make arrangements so that the transformer and the Hundal model will also be possible to visit with a wheelchair/walker.

Svarthvitt historisk fotografi av siden av et elektrisk lokomotiv av typen El.3
Elektrisk lokomotiv av typen El.3

We look forward to sharing this memorable day with you and celebrating an important part of our history. Note the date on your calendar and join us in celebrating the anniversary of electrification of the Ofotbanen railway!

Electrification of the Ofotbanen railway

Electrification of the Ofoten Line – In 1923, the Ofoten Line switched from steam locomotives to electrically powered locomotives.

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