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The Flåm Railway Documentation Centre
The Flåm Railway is regarded as a masterpiece of Norwegian engineering. The railway between Flåm and Myrdal is one of the world’s steepest railway lines on normal gauge. The gradient is 55/1000 on almost 80% of the line, i.e. a gradient of one in eighteen. The twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain are manifestations of the most daring and skilful engineering in Norwegian railway history.
The only thing lacking when the railway line between Oslo and Bergen was opened in 1909, was a branch line to the Sognefjord. In order to assure a transport route to the fjord, work was begun on the Flåm Railway in 1923. It was to take approx. 20 years to complete.
To learn more about the Flåm Railway’s history and its technological development, the day-to-day life in Flåm, and about Norwegian railways in general, we recommend a visit to the Flåm Railway Documentation Centre in Flåm. Free entrance for everyone. The centre is located in the old station building only 100 metres from the Flåm Railway.