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Saltsjöbanan is a suburban rail system between Stockholmmarker and Saltsjöbadenmarker in Nackamarker, Swedenmarker. The rail system is 18.5 kilometres in length and contains eighteen stations in use. An average of 19,600 journeys are made on an ordinary workday. The railroad is mainly single track, and despite being standard gauge (1435mm) it is isolated from Sweden's national railway network.

History

K.A. Wallenberg largely initiated and financed the project. The railway's initial purpose was to offer a quick way for stressed-out Stockholm residents to get to planned beaches and recreational facilities around Saltsjöbadenmarker. The construction of the railway went faster than expected, but turned out to be very expensive, mostly due to the problems building the last stretch into the city, which involved a lot of tedious work with explosives to even out the ground and to build two long tunnels, one of which was the country's longest at the time of the construction.

Saltsjöbanan was inaugurated on 1 July 1893 and was operated with steam locomotives until 1910 after which the lines were gradually electrified (circa 1 kV DC). The branch which runs from Igelboda to Solsidan opened in 1913.

Initially the rail was operated by Järnvägs AB Stockholm-Saltsjön, and there was a lot of freight traffic present that made it profitable. The freight traffic diminished with time, and by 1960s it didn't make ends meet anymore so a complete closure was considered. However, the Stockholm County Council took it over in 1969. Today it is owned by Storstockholms Lokaltrafik, SL.

To this day, the railroad's route remains mostly unchanged since the early 1900s. The westmost end was however expanded about 400 meters in the 1940s, and is now more centrally located at Slussenmarker instead of Stadsgården. The eastmost end used to run all the way to the Saltsjöbaden shore, for convenient change to archipelago ferries, but now stops about 200 meters in.

Future plans

Future plans for Saltsjöbanan include its conversion to a light rail system and linking it together with the Tvärbanan light rail and using the same type of cars as it uses. It will involve conversion of the Sickla-Slussen stretch to double track and construction of a new high bridge over the Hammarby Canalmarker. The price tag for it has been rising which has delayed the construction start, now planned to be around 2010. Today's Danviksbromarker bridge is single track and moveable.

Lines

There are two lines on the Saltsjöbanan rail system, one from Slussenmarker to Saltsjöbadenmarker, and one from Igelboda to Solsidan. One changes between them at station Igelboda. At Slussen there are interchange options to Stockholm Metro red and green lines.

Line Stretch Length Stations
25 SlussenmarkerSaltsjöbadenmarker 15.6 km 14
26 IgelbodaSolsidanmarker 2.9 km 5
Total 18.5 km 18


Geographically accurate line map over Saltsjöbanan



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Sources

Textbook: Landgren, Kenneth. Saltsjöbanan (1993). Svenska Järnvägsklubben.


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