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).

Högfors Bruk

One of Swedens youngest ruins of iron works is located in the town of Högfors, the “High Falls”. For centuries there was iron industry here in town, even from 1539 it is known. Over the years even kings of Sweden like Gustav Vasa and Charles IX of Sweden were owning parts of this works.

Nowadays the place lays in decay but belongs to the regional group of industrial heritages of Bergslagen.

You can find some picnic tables on the property and some signs tell you about the history of which I gave you already a short summary.

I have to say it is a little strange to stroll through this place.

But I hope the place remains and everything is going to remain in the current state.

Click on the symbol to open the official page of Ekomuseum Berslagen about this place. It opens on a seperate page.

See the map to find to the location of Högfors Bruk. Don’t mix it up with other places having the same name!

Engelsbergs Bruk – A Swedish World Heritage

Following my blog you maybe noticed a large bunch of interesting sites of the region Bergslagen forming the industrial heritage and heart of Swedens iron industry. It is said that here the wealth of Sweden was created which made it the modern state of today. Therefore it is clear that one of these sites must have found its way on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritages… this is Engelsbergs Bruk.

Engelsberg Ironworks
Sweden’s production of superior grades of iron made it a leader in this field in the 17th and 18th centuries. This site is the best-preserved and most complete example of this type of Swedish ironworks.

[UNESCO: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/556/ ]

Coming here late in the season not everything was open, so check in advance, but it is a very beautiful and calm area worth to check out in any ways. Not much lets you guess that it was a busy industrial spot. Today it is a beautiful park with historical buildings.

Right at the parking you find a very beautiful map of Engelsbergs Bruk, (or Ironworks in English).

I went first to the Hyttan (on the right of the map). This is the building in which the iron was won from the ore. This building houses the furnace and maybe you have seen this kind of buildings on other blog entries I have posted. Looks a bit like a HDR photo, but it just turned out like this…

Not far from the Hyttan you will find the bruks kontoret. This is the iron work office, the place where the paper work was done. But yes it looks more like a typical Swedish holiday house in large.

The following small building which looks more like a storage is the building holding the balance.

Hidden a little bit further is the smithy (smedjan in Swedish).

There are some more large buildings of which for sure one is the manor of the owner. It is my guess as I have seen this several times on iron works in Scandinavia.

On my way back to the parking I passed this small building. Fits beautifully into this environment.

Click on the emblem of the UNESCO to open their page about Engelsbergs Bruk and on the drawn map to open the official page of the site (Swedish only). As all links in my blog they will open in a seperate window.

Västanfors Homestead Museum

As a part of the Ekomuseum Bergslagen the Västanfors Homestead Museum features several buildings on a site that in the past was the location of an iron works. You will find here the mansion that houses a museum, the granery holding a very cosy shop and in the entire area several old relocated buildings that form an open-air museum.

At the parking you will some to the granery nowadays home of the “Handelsbod”.

Step inside into this cosy place. Maybe you find something that suits your needs.

Have walk around now to enjoy the old farm buildings that were brought here.

Please find Västanfors Homestead Museum on google maps below… and enjoy your visit!

Miners Farm Siggebohyttan

During my trip through the historic mining region of Bergslagen, it happend that I passed by the miners farm Siggebohyttan that used to belong to miner Anders Olsson. He was a rich miner living at the end of the 18th century.

During winter and spring time, when farming was not possible, it was very common in the region that the farmers worked in the mines nearby. A tradition for these farms it was to have a chimney made of iron with a crown on top.

According to information plates that I could read there, the farm is very unique as it is very large in comparison to other miners farms. Also it has the longest access balcony in Sweden.

If you have read more of my blog entries you might have figured out that it is mainly on the edge of summerseason towards autumn that I do my trips to the north, so it happens that places are already closed. Same happend here, the place was already closed, but I could take some photos through the window.

Here the layout of the farm…

Some photos from the other buildings…

Click for Siggebohyttan

I hope you liked this short visit to this historic place…

Klacka-Lerberg Mining Area

As I am very fond of the industrial heritage I found my treasure with ‘discovering’ the region Bergslagen in Sweden. One of many places there is the Klacka-Lerberg Mining Area. It consits of several mining pits and a mining gallery, the Konungastollen. Mining was operated here until 1932, nowadays a beautiful mixture of returned nature and instrustrial heritage. Most likely Klacka-Lerberg is not familar to you, but one name that grew to one of the most known Swedes arose from here. The small production of explosives owned by a man Alfred Nobel merged with an explosives factory just closeby Klacka-Lerberg. All production was then moved here to nearby Gyttorp. Alfred Nobel, whose brother died cause of an accident with the highly instable explosive Nitro Glycerine, developed the ‘Dynamite’. It was much easier to handle and revolutionised the mining.

Alfred Nobel became very rich and in his testament requested to set up a foundation that yearly gives prizes to people that have put extraordinary efforts in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace… the Nobel Price.

But now have a look at the remains of the mining in Klacka-Lerberg…

This map is a postprocessed photo of a map that was mounted on an information board at Klacka-Lerberg. It shows the different open-pit mines and the Konungsstollen at the lower right side. As you see, this was an active mining area, so best to stay on the trail. All is protected as historic place!

The round walk is very easy and you can reach these pits. Enjoy! …

Link to official webpage of Klacka-Lerberg Gruvpark