Norrbottens Railway Museum – Open-Air

As you maybe have seen my previous post about the interior of Norrbottens Railway Museum, now I would like to show you the outer part in open air. Here plenty of wagons are stored on rails for you to explore. Normally in real world it is not possible to see them from that close, but here you can spend your time in between them. Enjoy my choice for you!

Please have a look at the official page of the museum (in Swedish).

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Norrbottens Railway Museum – Roofed Exhibition

Just a few kilometers off from the center of Luleå you can visit Norrbottens Railway Museum. I came here not expecting to have found such a large museum, but it is one of the largest Railway Museums in Sweden and a must for railway enthusiasts.

Inside a huge train hall there are many interesting trains for you to look at. Many are really special trains for a very particular purpose, but there are also more modern ‘regular’ trains for transporting goods or passengers. In the following I show you some of them… enjoy 🙂

Please have a look at the official page of the museum (in Swedish).

Mining District Pershyttan

North of Örebro just beside the town Nora you can find the village Pershyttan. Here in this village you can have a look at a very good example of buildings from the high times of mining in Sweden. Pershyttan belongs to the region of Bergslagen that stretches almost from Stockholm to the border of Norway. It is Bergslagen and the metal collected here from the grounds that are pieces which allowed Sweden to become the highly developed country we know today. You will find several sights from the region Bergslagen in my blog, have a look at the entry of the ecomuseum which combines most of the sights of Berslagens industrial heritage.

But lets come back and have a look at Pershyttan… As you can see on the map there are plenty of remains left. The map looks a little strange, it is from a photo I took there of a sign, which was quite dirty. But I guess you get a good picture of the environment.

There were several shafts operated here. One of the latest in use was the Akersgruvan opened around 1820 and closed in 1966. Nowadays there is only the hole left with its 300 meters of depth.

To get material and workers into the mine there had to be ‘elevators’ mounted. The tower was used to pull the cable up and down.

In many places the deposits from the mining and the furnace are still visible.

The processing building is in a very good shape. Unfortunately I could not enter it, as my tripp was much off-season, but there is so much to see here.

During a British documentory about driving inventions that pushed the industrial development they explained that transporting mechanical power over distance was a big step. The shown example they explained in detail was a construction of wooden sticks that were connected to a turning wheel in such a way that the sticks move back and forth. At their end this movement is then turned back in circular motion. Here in Pershyttan I found this construction…

Some more impressions from Pershyttan…

You can find more information about Pershyttan by clicking the emblems below to open the respective webpages in a seperate window…

I hope you liked the stroll through the mining village Pershyttan!

Forsviks Bruk

Not far from Karlsborg you can find an interesting industrial heritage, Forviks Bruk. On site there has been industrial activities for over 600 years and it all started with a water mill. Here you can find exhibitions of the industry that was carried out at the works and a changing exhibition also shows art.

Forsviks Bruk is a good combination with the Karlsborgs Fästning, the fortress in Karlsborg.

Find the webpage of Forsviks Bruk here…

Old Mining Town Røros

Just recently I was asked which of the towns that I travelled to is my favorite. Usually I find in every place something special that remains in my thoughts as you can see in my postings, but now recapturing the photos from my Norway Roadtrip I have to say that Røros in central Norway is ranking between the very top most.

The town developed after copper was found here in the wilderness. A saying says that a guy was hunting a deer. He shot it and when approaching it the dying animal scratched on the ground. Something shiny came up, coppar ore. This was the birth of mining in the area of Røros. Nowadays there is no active mining here, but the industrial and the beautiful historic buildings have remained which are placed on the list of UNESCOs world heritages. I have stayed here two nights and been busy sightseeing the full stay, so this blog entry will give you only a short overview. For the various places to visit I will add seperate ones.

In case you also plan to stay overnight, I recommend to take a room somewhere in walking distance to the cosy historic town center. It is pretty large and invites for an evening stroll and some rest with a drink. Coincidence here during my stay was that in a bar they showed the around the clock live coverage of a full Hurtigruten trip.

So here some impressions of the old town and the mining fields outside town…

At the center of the historic living quarters you find the industrial area, where the ore was processed. Large hills of slag were deposite in the vicinity and nowadays form visual landmarks.

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The Old Town consists of beautiful colored wooden buildings. It is not an Open-Air museum. People live here, there are shops, reaturants and cafes.

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Outside of town in different places there are the remains of the mines. It is here where you can do a guided tour through the historic underground. I highly recommend it!

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As you can see, the real old mine is shown to you, not a tourist setup.

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It is not really visible how large these cavities are, anyhow you can clearly see that it is a coppar mine with its distinct color.

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At a different place outside Røros, the North Mines, that you can reach in just a few minutes, you will find many remains (really ruins) from the mining. Here I recommend to stay on the paths as you can see that it is not really secured.

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Beside the ruins, the landscape here is magnificent, even though you can see the scarves from the mining periode still remaining.

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But back to the Old Town. With the assembly of so many different buildings there are so many beautiful spots to take pictures. It actually reminds me of these mining towns in the US.

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This is the main road of the old town.

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A photo from one of the slag hills. I love the roofs!

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Norwegian Road Museum

A very interesting museum and kind of special is the huge Norwegian Road Museum (Norsk Vegmuseum) which features anything around history, construction, maintaining and using roads in Norway. It is run by the Norwegian Road Authorities and you can visit the stunning museum free of charge! A part of the museum is the Norwegian Blasting Museum, which explains about the history of tunnel construction using explosives.

The museum is located roughly 10 km north of Lillehammer. Please check the map at the end of this blogpost. There are also weblinks to related pages.

It is important to check the opening times, specifically for the Norwegian Blasting Museum. I came in autumn and this part was not open the day I arrived.

I will add seperate posts for the road history including safety, the vehicle exhibition and the outside exhibition with huge construction cars.

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Please click any of the emblems to get to their informative pages!

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Maihaugen – The Town

So this is the last part for now about the Open-Air museum Maihaugen. The area featured here is the first part that you see apart of the exhibition “We Won The Land”. In the area a part consists of traditional scandinavian wooden houses, while the other part has different readymade houses from Norways latest past, placed here as they had to make place for a local airport. Many houses are furnished and especially the newer houses are strange as they could stand like that nowadays in any Norwegian town and you can walk in the yard looking through the windows or enter.

The Town area also hosts the Norwegian Postal Museum, which is featured in a seperate blog entry. Also you can have a snack here, I took some waffles here. Don’t forget to check the train at the trainstation. It contains a part of the postal museum.

So enjoy the photos, remember that even all the newly looking buildings are part of the exhibition!

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