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The Dovre Line ( ) main line of the Norwegian railway system between Oslomarker and Trondheimmarker, though the 64 km section south of Eidsvollmarker is the Gardermo Line, and the only high-speed line in the country. The line between Eidsvollmarker and Dombåsmarker is from old times the Eidsvoll–Dombås Line. The line from Størenmarker to Trondheimmarker is called the Støren Line. The entire line from Oslomarker to Trondheimmarker is 553 km.It is a more heavily traveled line than the older Røros Line and is electrified. Before electrification, Dovrebanen was served by some of Norway's largest steam locomotives, the 2-8-4 NSB Class 49 "Dovregubben" ("Dovre Giant").

Compared to the Røros Line, the Dovre Line takes a more westerly course running through the town of Lillehammermarker and over the mountainous stretches of Dovremarker, before merging with the Røros Line again at Størenmarker. There is one branch line, the Rauma Line which leaves the Dovre Line at Dombåsmarker.

Service

Norges Statsbaner is the sole operator of passenger services on Dovrebanen. In each direction they operate four express trains between Oslo and Trondheim, of which two daily departures with the tilting Type 73 units, offering travel times down to 6:37, with departures in the morning and afternoon. There is also a locomotive-hauled afternoon train and a night train with sleeper cars. In addition there is a morning service from Dombås to Oslo. At Dombås there is correspondence with Møre and Romsdalmarker via the Rauma Line.

The southern part of the line has hourly departures with InterCity Express trains from Lillehammer to Oslo. In the northern end, the Dovre Line is served by the Trøndelag Commuter Rail.

Accidents

The line was completed and officially opened on 17 September 1921. The inauguration ended on a tragic note when the train returning from the celebrations collided just after leaving Trondheim in the Nidareid train disaster the next day. The worst Norwegian railway disaster in peacetime also happened on the Dovre Line on 22 February 1975 when two trains collided one kilometre north of Trettenmarker station, killing 27 people and wounding 25. There were approximately 800 people on the two trains.

Future plans

The government has plans for building double track on the section between Eidsvold and Doknes and Minnesund–Kleverud–Steinsrud between 2010 and 2019, to increase the speed and capacity on the today very crowded section between Eidsvold and Hamar. There are also plans for new crossing sections and expand existing crossing sections to at least 600 meters. For a later introduction there are plans of double track all the way between Eidsvold and Hamar. These plan have no timeplan, but are included in the long-term plan until year 2040.

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