Metro, tramway, light rail


Much of Oslo's 6 line, 118.7 km "T-Bane" is above ground.  The system is actually a conglomeration of suburban railways and tramways (Østensjøbanen and Lambertseterbanen). They joined in 1928 via a central city tunnel. The Holmenkollbanen, perhaps the most famous because of it's wooden rolling stock, opened in 1898. It was the first and oldest of the lines that were to later become the tunnelbane.

All the western lines were opened as true metros with metro cars, overhead power supplies and level crossings.

The lines are referred to as east and west lines, perhaps because of their directions. There are also three types of rolling stock. East trains, serving lines 2, 3 and 5, can only run on a third rail. Type 1300 stock serve line 4, which runs on both third rail and pantograph. T2000, the newest rolling stock, operates only on Line 1. No extensions are in progress, and the only improvements to the system are a gradual conversion of the east lines from overhead power to third rail.

Photo Courtesy of Andreas Behm

Photos courtesy Håkon Kinck Gaarder

New rolling stock by Siemens

Homenhollbanen Cab Ride

Excellent subway pictures from Ivan Rios
Wikipedia Page
Public Transport in Oslo
Oslo's Subway
Official Home Page
euroMetro: OSLO Tunnelbane
Save the Kolsåsbanen - a subway in danger of being closed
FUNET's Images of the Oslo Metro|
Oslo Metro's new Nationaltheatret Stasjon

Oslo's metro meets the strictest safety standards.

Oslo trams have recently been beset by a
rash of closures, both threatened and real. There are currently 11 lines totaling an impressive 152.5 km. The system opened in 1894.

Photos courtesy Håkon Kinck Gaarder
Surreal cab ride through the snow at superspeed
ERS pix
Oslo trambooks galore
Trams and Metros in Oslo by Roger Sandberg
More from Roger
Public Transport in Oslo
Oslo Sporveier
An open letter to Oslo Sporveier and Oslo Bystyre
Tramways and Metros in Oslo (In Norwegian by Vidar Johan Ek )
Gaarder Online - Trams in Oslo
Oslo tramways in 2000
Oslo tram photos from
Oslo tramways from Lars Pederson

In May 2004, an automated
monorail from Lysaker in the central city to a new development called Fornebu was announced. Light rail was proposed but was rejected. The monorail will be part in subway and is expected to take two years to build. Construction was set to begin in 200 but has yet to begin.