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Oslotunnelen or the Oslo Tunnel is a railway tunnel which runs between Skøyenmarker in Western Oslo and Oslo Central Stationmarker on the east side of the Oslo downtown area, in Oslomarker, Norwaymarker. The tunnel was opened May 30, 1980 , connecting the eastern and western railway lines in Oslo. Within the tunnel is the underground Nationaltheatret Stationmarker.

Parts of the tunnel are located over the Common Tunnel of the Oslo T-bane, with the Subway tracks located over the railway tracks at Nationaltheatret.

History

The building of the tunnel was commissioned in 1968 and completed in 1980. This allowed the eastern and western lines that previously had termiuses at Oslo Østbanestasjonmarker (Oslo Ø) and Oslo Vestbanestasjonmarker (Oslo V) to connect and allowed through trains. The original plans included two underground stations in the tunnel, Nationaltheatret and Elisenbergmarker. Construction on both were started, but only the former was finished. Though the latter was excavated and a platform built, it has never been taken into use. Both stations originally had one platform with two tracks and one exit to the east. In 1999 Nationaltheatret was rebuilt to four tracks, increasing the capacity through the tunnel from 16 to 24 trains per hour each way, allowing the Airport Express Train ample capacity through the tunnel. The new Nationaltheatret station was opened by King Harald V on December 6, 1999.

References

  Norwegian railway history timeline





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