Oslo Central Station

Oslo Central Station

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Oslo Central Station

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Oslo Central Station (, abbreviated ) is the main railway station in Oslo and the largest railway station on the entire Norwegian railway system. It is the terminus of Drammen Line, Gardermoen Line, Gjøvik Line, Hoved Line and Østfold Line. It serves express, regional and local train services by four companies. The train station is owned and operated by Jernbaneverket and was opened in 1980.

Oslo Central was built on the site of the older Oslo East Station (, ), the combining of the former east and west stations being made possible by the opening of the Oslo Tunnel. Oslo Central has nineteen tracks, thirteen of which have connections through the Oslo Tunnel. The station has two buildings, the original Oslo East building and the newer main building for Oslo Central. Each building houses a large shopping centre. The square in front of the station is called Jernbanetorget.

History

Two stations

When the first railway line, Hoved Line, was built between Oslo and Eidsvoll in 1854Jacques Garreau, Les chemins de fer en Norvège ., the terminus in Oslo had been constructed as an ad-hoc solution located at Gamlebyen. Suggestions included Youngstorget, Grünerløkka and Vaterlands bru. In 1852 an architectural competition was announced, and won by a suggestion based on Crown Street Station in Liverpool. This station was located east of the river Akerselva and it was clear that this could not serve as a permanent solution, as it was close to neither the...
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