Railway Museum


In my review of our trip from Myrdal to Flåm aboard the Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) I indicated that the line, the steepest in Europe, opened in 1940 and was an extraordinary piece of engineering.

Those interested in learning more about this railway and its history and, importantly, the people who built it – both engineers and work gangs – should visit the Railway Museum right in the centre of Flåm. Continue reading “Railway Museum”

Petit Train Ride


My love for trains does not extend to ‘petit’ trains like this.

That said, they are everywhere nowadays and provide a useful option for getting around if you are incapacitated, with kids or just feel like being lazy, and who doesn’t from time to time? Unless one or more of these afflictions apply, Flåm is extremely easy to get around on foot. Continue reading “Petit Train Ride”

Flåm Railway – Flåmsbana


The Flåm Railway, or Flåmsbana in Norwegian, opened in 1940. From an engineering perspective this railway is an amazing feat. Europe’s steepest railway, it rises, and indeed falls, 864 metres in a distance of only 20.2 kms – with gradients of 1 in 18 (5.5%) along 80% of the distance. This is quite something for a standard gauge track with not a cog in sight – or indeed in existence. Continue reading “Flåm Railway – Flåmsbana”

Seven Minutes in Myrdal – Changing Trains


Myrdal Station, as there is little else at Myrdal, is the junction stop on the Oslo – Bergen train line which connects with the famous Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana).

98% of people arriving into Myrdal will be transferring onto the Flåm Railway, leaving the Flåm Railway to continue their journey on the Bergen Line or immediately returning to Flåm on the Flåmsbana having just arrived from there. 1% of people will be transferring to a bicycle (available for hire here) to ride down the valley to Flåm. Of the remaining 1%, a few hardy souls will stop here for hiking, a few will actually work here at the guesthouse (yes, there are a couple of accommodation options should you want to stay) or the railway and its related businesses and the remaining few will have alighted in error! Continue reading “Seven Minutes in Myrdal – Changing Trains”

Osaka To Koyasan – By Train And Cablecar


Armed with our Koyasan – World Heritage tickets we got to Namba Station (Osaka) in time to catch the 7.24am train for our day-trip to Koyasan. With one change at Hashimoto (km 40.1) we would, and being Japan we did, arrive at Gokurakubashi Station some 60km away on schedule just over an hour and a half later. Here we would transfer to the Koyasan Cablecar for the short ride up to Koyasan Station where we would then take a bus into the township. Continue reading “Osaka To Koyasan – By Train And Cablecar”

From Osaka to Koyasan – Which Ticket?


I was almost put off visiting Koyasan based on the fact that everything I read about getting there made the whole process seem very complicated, not least the hideously complicated looking map of Namba station in Osaka (see below) which I would have to visit twice – once to pick up tickets if I pre-booked online and again catch the train. Continue reading “From Osaka to Koyasan – Which Ticket?”