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12-30-2009, 06:44 PM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:

Bergen Railway Line (http://www.gearthhacks.com/dlfile34022/Bergen-Railway-Line.htm)

The Bergen Line (Norwegian: Bergensbanen), also called the Bergen Railway, is a 496 kilometer (308 miles) standard gauge single track railway line in Norway between Bergen and Oslo. It is the highest mainline railway line in Northern Europe, crossing the Hardangervidda mountain plateau at 1.237 metres (4,060 feet) above sea level. The first part of the railway from Bergen to Voss, the Voss Line (Norwegian: Vossebanen) was opened in 1883 as a narrow gauge railway. In one night, on the night between the 10 and 11th of August 1904 the entire 106 kilometres (66 mile) long Voss track was changed from a 1067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow gauge, to 1435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge. 5 years later, in 1909 the Bergen Line opened from Voss to Hønefoss, and the Voss Line was merged into Bergen Line. From Hønefoss the Bergen line goes via Drammen to Oslo. The 100 year old (2009) Bergen Line is considered one of the most exciting and most beautiful train rides in the world.

The longest documentary ever?! At least the longest the Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) have made. More than 7 hours, showing every minute of the scenic train ride between Bergen on the Norwegian west coast, crossing the mountains to the capital of Oslo. Allmost every placemark in this "The Bergen Line" railway tour has references to elapsed time (h:mm:ss BBNRK) in this documentary, so you easy can locate the filmed area of any GE placemark in this collection. Download the Bergen Line (Bergensbanen) documentary in HD (22,5 GB) from http://nrkbeta.no/2009/12/18/bergensbanen-eng/

This tour/collection also include the Flåm Line from Flåm to Myrdal, a station on the Bergen Line. The Flåm railway is considered one of the 10 most spectacular train journeys in the World. The train journey provides some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery. On the 20 kilometre long train ride, rising from sea level to 865 metres above sea level, you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascade down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms that cling dizzily to sheer slopes. The Flåm Railway is one of the world's steepest adhesion railway lines on normal gauge. The gradient is 5,5 % (55/1000) on almost 80% of the line with an average gradient of 4,3 %. The twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain are manifestations of the most daring and skilful engineering in Norwegian railway history.

Follow this beautiful trainride in realtime with this one hour documentary taking you from Myrdal along the Bergen Line 866 meters above sea down to Flåm at sea level at the Aurlandsfjord. Allmost every placemark in "The Flåm Line" tour folder has references to elapsed time (h:mm:ss FBNRK) in this documentary, so you easy can locate the filmed area of any GE placemark in this collection. Download the Flåm Line (Flåmsbanen) documentary in HD (3,8 GB) from http://nrkbeta.no/2010/09/03/last-ned-flaamsbana-i-2d-og-3d/

About the "Bergen Line tour":
Take a train ride tour from Bergen to Oslo through hundreds of tunnels. The breathtaking steep Flåm Line from Flåm to Myrdal is also pinpointed and a path/track of the railroad is added. Also the old track/path across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau is supplied which since 1993 has been replaced by the 10300 meter (33800 feet) Finse tunnel. Tour creator: Tom Kjeldsen, created december 2009. Recommended to be viewed as a 'Play tour' in Google Earth with terrain feature enabled.


12-30-2009, 06:54 PM
This rail from Oslo to Bergen I can only recommend if you come to Norway. Summer or winter is both nice.

And as Tom says, you have to make a stopover in Myrdal and take the train to Flåm. On the way to Flåm it stops at a fantastic waterfall, the Kjosfossen which I described in this file:


When you come down to Flåm then take your time in this beautiful city at the Aurlandsfjord.

More can be found here:

Sadly Google hasn't uploaded images in Hi-res for Norway so you can see it.

12-30-2009, 07:37 PM
Sadly Google hasn't uploaded images in Hi-res for Norway so you can see it.

No, not yet updated for major part of the Bergen Line and the Flåm Line. We're looking forward to see GE imagery update of those areas :yep:

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Although I don't consider myself a train and railway geek :) (I like trains as I like many other transport options), I have to admit that I have spent 8++ hours on a train video !! :D I have actually seen the movie, more than 7 hours long, from Bergen to Oslo (some parts even repeatedly, repeated again and again... :eek: ) in HD during the process of making the placemarks of the Bergen Line tour. It was indeed a pleasure and a wonderful relaxing experience. Beyond and beside this, it was so nice having a rare opportunity to see a train ride through the windscreen. When it at the same time meant viewing the beautiful landscapes in HD, it all together made it all worthwhile and very recommendable!

You can checkout various info below about the more than 7 hour documentary before you download (Creative Commons: http://nrkbeta.no/bergensbanen) the more than 22 GigaByte .mp4 file.

This is what I've found so far:

A 10 minutes preview, of the winter areas, are available here:

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For people on "speed"... without epileptic tendencies !! a (VERY compressed!!!) video of only 7 minutes and 14 seconds of the entire tour can be seen here:

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Have a nice ride!

12-30-2009, 08:27 PM
Right now it's shown in the German TV station ARD at around 4AM before start up of their daily programmes. Yesterday they arrived at Myrdal.

12-31-2009, 02:33 AM
OK - I'm getting new computers next week and I'm downloading that 22.5 gig monster.