2010-08-29 railway museum Hamar

The national railway Museum of Norway is situated in Hamar. Not really the biggest of Europe, but then the railways in Norway are neither. Yet every country has its own story and development. That of Norway is very much determined by the extreme scenic and climatical conditions under which railways needed to be desgined, constructed and operated
DSC06478  The museums logo in the concrete wall of the main building DSC06479  A carriage for the cavalry DSC06481  64 man and 12 horses DSC06482  Main entrance
DSC06689  The modern building houses a small exhibition. The bulk of the exhibits is located on the left side in the museum park DSC06484  NSB steam locomotive class 2a, wheel arrangement 1B, length 11011 mm, driving wheel diameter 1448 mm, two cylinders 508*305 mm, boiler pressure 827.7 kPa, speed 50 km/h, locomotive weight 21.3 t, tender weight 7.1 t. Built 1861 as No. 1406 by R. Stephenson & Co. Engineers, Newcastle on Tyne. DSC06690 DSC06498  Exquisite lining
DSC06499  The tiny spectacle plate can make you wonder under what circumstances the locomotive staff had to work, with winter temperatures easily down to -20 C DSC06494  A teak railcar and coach from the Drammenbanen (the railway between Oslo and Drammen). The railcar saw service from 1932 till 1971, the coach from 1921 till 1983 (!!) DSC06691 DSC06487
DSC06485 DSC06486 DSC06490 DSC06493  In the coach films were shown, this particular one about maintenance of steam locomotives. I sat there fascinated for 45 minutes.   Also remarkable: the width of the coach: five seats
DSC06497 DSC06501  A royal coach DSC06502  NSB steam locomotive class 7a 25. Gauge 1435 mm, built 1875 by Manning Wardle & Co. Ltd. Leeds, suited for operation by one person. Wheel arrangement B with 965 mm driving wheels. Used for shunting and local trains. It became a museum locomotive in 1955. This locomotive used to be on display in the hall of Oslo Sentralstasjon before it came to Hamar. DSC06686  The museum is spread over a wide are at the beach of lake Mjøsa. That alone is worth the visit. In the gardenlike arrangement many original buildings have been resurrected, displaced from there original locations. This is very similar to the customary ways of Norway's folk museums
DSC06688  Lake Mjøsa DSC06504  The narrow gauge steam railway's track. The day of my visit was the last day of the year it was scheduled for operation DSC06507  From top to bottom:  Main building  Dovregubben, the giant of the Dovre line, a steam locomotive  Knertitten is the designation of the small children's railway,   Locomotive hall DSC06661  This is the locomotive hall
DSC06668-70  The locomotive hall houses four steam locomotives and an electric locomotive DSC06509  An Baldwin built Norwegian (1915) DSC06511 DSC06513-14  NSB Type 25A, no 227. A member of a class numbering 42, built from 1909. 227 was withdrawn from service in 1970
DSC06512 DSC06516 DSC06517 DSC06520  No 452 is of the rare axle arrangement 4-8-0. 27 examples of this class 31b were built between 1915 and 1926. They saw service mainly on the OSlo-Bergen line and lasted until 1970
DSC06518 DSC06522  The right drive rod has gone wrong DSC06524 DSC06525  Electric lighting of the mechanism, rare in "the rest of the continent", common in Norway and Sweden
DSC06526 DSC06530  An impressive lubricator DSC06531 DSC06681b
DSC06533  A far lighter engine is this 4-6-0. Class 27A No 234. Built between 1910 and 1921. Withdrawn in 1970 DSC06534 DSC06536 DSC06538
DSC06540 DSC06664 DSC06675 DSC06543  Electric locmotive no 2011 Class EL1, Norway's first electric locomotive in 1922. Withdrawn in 1973
DSC06682 DSC06685 DSC06547  A mini replica of Leikvangen station, serves the children's loop train DSC06561  The old station of Bestum
DSC06660  A sunny spell brightening thing up DSC06551  The narrow gauge steam train making one of this year's last runs. DSC06553  Passing the main locomotive shed DSC06555
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DSC06636  A typical problem for many railway museums: a large loco that barely fits in this shoe box, though I for the world wouldn't know why space is a problem with this particular museum. DSC06590-92  The NSB Class 49, nicknamed Dovregubben ("the Dovre Giant") locomotive was a 2-8-4 steam locomotive used to pull heavy trains on the Dovre Line. It is the largest steam locomotive in the history of the Norwegian State Railways. The engine came in three series, the 49a, 49b and 49c. Between 1935 and 1941 five engines were produced by Hamar and Thune, two by Krupp AG.[1] In addition to the seven engines delivered, there were seven engines which were destroyed by a bombing raid during World War II while under construction in Germany, another four were under construction at Thune but were never completed. The engines were retired on December 16, 1958.  I'm sorry this photo isn't up to standards. It is a composition of three made under very tight angles. I'm actually surprised something recognisable came out of it DSC06594 DSC06595
DSC06596  A sutprsingly igh positioned boiler leaves ample space between the bar frame and boiler bottom DSC06597 DSC06605  the loco cab was accessible and even after fifty years you could sense the raw power this engine housed. DSC06604  Meanwhile
DSC06606 DSC06607 DSC06608 DSC06610-15  Though maybe not the best of photos, this composition of six separate photos shows the sheer size of the cab and the complexity of the controls. Th cab is very spacious, you actually walk around in it, instead of moving from left to right at best.
DSC06616 DSC06617 DSC06618 DSC06619  Railcar built for the Setesdal line
DSC06621 DSC06624-25  Class X, no 7 built in 1901 DSC06628  An exquisite wodden cab DSC06629  A wheel lathe
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