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Hamar Station ( ) is a railway station located in downtown Hamarmarker, Norwaymarker on Dovrebanen and R√łrosbanen. The station was opened in 1862 with the construction of the narrow gauge railway between Hamar and Eidsvollmarker. It is located 126.26 km from Oslo Smarker and at 127.0 meters above sea level.

Lillehammer is served by express trains to Trondheimmarker and of the hourly regional trains to Lillehammermarker, Oslomarker and Vestfold/Grenlandmarker. R√łrosbanen trains to R√łrosmarker terminate at Hamar; passengers from √ėsterdalen must change at Hamar since R√łrosbanen is unlike Dovrebanen not electrified. All trains are operated by Norges Statsbaner (NSB), while bus service is available by Hedmark Trafikk.

The Norwegian Railway Museum is located at Hamar, not far from the station.

History

The current station building is the third to house the station, after two wooden station buildings have been razed. The first building opened in 1862, a wooden structure by the architect Georg Andreas Bull, followed in 1880 by a larger building by Balthazar Conrad Lange. Both were removed when the railway from Hamar to Selmarker opened in 1896, replaced by the current structure in limestone by Paul Due, who also designed the restaurant building south of the station in 1897.

Hamar Station is considered one of the most important works of Paul Due; monumental with a dignified center part with a large arch motive creating the compositor main element, both the facade towards the city and the tracks. The symmetrical composition is broken by an arch building element (a staircase) in the north. It is completed in a rich Hanoverian style with elements from New Renaissance and the Middle Aes; dominating elements are New Gothic, but also New Romanticism is used. In the first story there are passenger- and employee functions, while the second floor was designed with two large apartments.

The stations have had a large strategic role as transportation hub in the district, serving three railways and proximity to the harbour, where cargo and passengers could continue on the lake Mj√łsamarker by steamship. The railway constructors and iron foundry Hamar Jernst√łberi is located on the railway yard, just south of the station. There are more than 25 tracks, traditionally supporting freight handling; falling cargo amounts have led to a discussion as to the use of this, with suggestions to convert part of it to build-up land.

New Hamar Station opened in 1993 for the 1994 Winter Olympics, after extensive rehabilitation after Paul Due's original blueprints; in addition a roof over the platform, walkway under the first track for the disabled were build, and the old cargo building south of the station was razed, being replaced with parking space and a bus terminal.

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