Hallingskeid Station

Hallingskeid Station

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Hallingskeid Station

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Hallingskeid Station () is a railway station on the Bergen Line in Ulvik, Norway. Located at above mean sea level, the station is located within a snow tunnel. It opened along with the central section of the line on 10 June 1908 and remained manned until 1982. It is located on the Hardangervidda plateau in an area without population or road access. The station therefore serves trekkers and mountaineers. Only some of the Norwegian State Railways' (NSB) trains call at the station.

The original station building was a standard design made by Paul Due, which was also used for four other mountain stations on the line. The snow tunnel has burned five times; in 1948, 1953 and 2008, it only caused minor damage to the tunnel itself. In 1960, the fire burned down the tunnel, the station building and most of the station area. A fire in 2011 had a Class 73 train caught in the tunnel; both it and the tunnel were damaged beyond repair.

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The station was opened on 10 June 1908, along with the rest of the central portion of the Bergen Line. The station building was of the Mountain Station Variant 1 type, designed by Paul Due. This made it identical to Mjølfjell Station, and with only slight variations to Haugastøl Station, Finse Station and Myrdal Station. During construction, NSB built several buildings for their staff. Two of the houses and an assembly building have been preserved....
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