Norway - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services



This list is based on the timetable dated from 9 December 2018 - 23 June 2019, unless otherwise shown. The table numbers given are those from the downloadable PDF timetable. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

Obscure services

Oslo S – Lillestrøm (via Romeriksporten Tunnel)

[L1, L12, L13, L14, R10, R11, 21, 25, 104, 708] (20B1, not shown) NO19/1

Trains running non-stop between Oslo Sentral and Lillestrøm or Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen run via the Romeriksporten Tunnel but trains calling intermediately between Oslo Sentral and Lillestrøm use the Hovedbanen (old main line).

Oslo Lufthaven Gardermoen - Oslo S (via Romeriksporten Tunnel)

[Airport Express 'Flytoget' F1, F2] (1B4, not shown) NO19/2

'Flytoget' Trains running non-stop between and Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen and Oslo Sentral [F1] run via the Romeriksporten Tunnel and join the Gjøvikbanen (southern pair of tracks) to terminate in Spar (Tracks) 14-15 Oslo Sentral. 'Flytoget' trains from Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen calling intermediately at Lillestrøm and running beyond Oslo Sentral through the City Tunnel to Drammen use the Romeriksporten Tunnel but take a single track cut-off branch tunnel from ? Hellerud at its western end to join the Hovedbanen (old main line) northern pair of tracks to access the through tracks in Oslo Sentral (usually Spar 2). However, the return Drammen to Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen 'Flytoget' services use Spar 13, the southerly of the through platforms at Oslo Sentral, and then the same route as the F1 services.

Lysaker – Sandvika

[41, 50, 708, L1, L12, L13, L14] (27A2 - 27B2, not shown) NO19/3

Trains running non-stop between Lysaker and Sandvika can be expected to use the Baerum Tunnel but trains calling intermediately run via the old main line, which reopened on 13 December 2015 after closure caused by engineering work.

Sandvika – Asker

[41, 50, 708, L1, L12, L13, L14] (20B1, 27A2, not shown) NO19/4

Trains running non-stop between Sandvika and Asker can be expected to use the 9.5 km long direct line, mostly in tunnel, but trains calling intermediately run via the old main line.

Dal – Eidsvoll

[L12, L13,] (20B2) NO19/5

Trains between Oslo and Eidsvoll run via Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen (Gardermobanen) except the following, which runs via the Hovedbanen (old main line).

1679 Drammen - 01:31 Dal - Eidsvoll

Roa – Hønefoss

(20A2-20B2) NO19/6

This alternative route for Oslo - Bergen line trains is used when the main line via Drammen is closed for engineering work. It was used by weekend relief trains until June 2006 but now has no regular service.

The line between Asker and Drammen is closed to all traffic from 13 to 21 April 2019 inclusive. All trains between Oslo and Bergen in this period are diverted via Roa – Hønefoss. See

The line is also used by the Nordmarka Rundt excursion. See NO19/7

Alnabru – Grefsen

(20A2-20B2) NO19/7 This line links Alnabru yard, on the Oslo - Lillestrøm line, with the Gjøvikbane, which runs due north from Oslo.

In Summer and Autumn 2019 it will be used, as in 2018, by the Nordmarka rundt dining excursions from Oslo, which now start from Grorud instead of Oslo Sentral owing to engineering work for the Follo tunnel reducing track capacity east of Oslo. As in 2018 the train departs Grorud at 17:35 and makes an anticlockwise trip round Oslo via Roa – Hønefoss (see previous entry) and Drammen, terminating at Oslo S at 22:26.

See the Historiske Togreiser website for available dates.


See Norway - Tram services over obscure routes

Other sparse services

The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally) – fewer than three trains each way, on at least three days a week - or do not run every day:

26 (Trondheim –) Marienborg – Lerkendal Runs SSuX
52 Porsgrunn – Nordagutu – Notodden Runs SSuX
L22 Mysen – Rakkestad Runs SSuX
72 Hell – Storlien (Sweden) – Duved Check Swedish timetables, table 42
Narvik – Riksgränsen – Kiruna (Sweden) Check Swedish timetables, table 30

Deletions since previous edition

See also