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The Rjukan Railway

Rjukan Station – the industrial gateway

Rjukan Station – the industrial gateway
Foto: Ingelinn Kårvand/NIA

The main station of the Rjukan Railway served as a gateway to and from the factory area at Rjukan. Today, it almost serves as portal into the fantastic story of the industrial adventure. The station is an intact environment with buildings, train tracks, technical installations and rolling stock.

Industrial history and world heritage

Rjukan station can be experienced outdoors throughout the year. The transport system is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Rjukan – Notodden Industrial Heritage Site, and in May 2016, the Rjukan Railway was granted a new passenger traffic permit from the Norwegian Railway Authority as a museum line.

In the summer you can take the train between Rjukan and Mæl stations, which is a very special experience.

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Foto: Norsk Hydro ASA/NIA

The station’ history

Rjukan station had one of the most extensive track systems, with an associated control box, on the Norwegian railway in the 1960s and 70s. The entire private railway section was given protected status in the autumn of 2014.

After many years of local struggle to include the unique transportation history in a national conservation strategy, it was preserved in its entirety. The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, NIA, took over the management of the track on 1 January 2013.

Kristian Finkenhagen/NIA
Foto: Norsk Hydro ASA/NIA
Foto: Ingelinn Kårvand/NIA

Professional engineers and pride on the tracks

The facility is extensive and is centrally located in Rjukan town. The station is the starting point for the hiking trail between Rjukan town and Gaustatoppen. The station area is accessible all year round, but never walk along the tracks of an active railway.

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Foto: Håvard Haugen/NIA

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