Turer med M/F Storegut og Rjukanbanen på Rjukan - visitrjukan
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MF Storegut Foto: Hans-Dieter Fleger

Rjukanbanen train and ferry

Along with the railway ferries D/F Ammonia and M/F Storegut, the Rjukan Line (Rjukanbanen) manages and disseminates exciting and spectacular stories through trips and activities on land and in the water. 

Highlights

  • Rjukanbanen consists of a train and railway ferries MF Storegut and DF Ammonia
  • Established to transport raw materials to Rjukan, and fertilizer from Rjukan and Notodden "to the world market"
  • Rjukanbanen is a part og Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list
  • Norway’s most complex industrial heritage monument

Welcome to the Rjukan Line

Rjukanbanen form an extraordinary and historically unique trio from the early years of Norwegian industrialization, in terms of project scope, contemporary visitor experience and cultural-historical object.

The Rjukan Line opened in 1909 after a two-year construction period. It was established to transport artificial fertilizer and raw materials for Hydro as well as to provide other goods and passenger transport. In 1911 the line was the first standard-gauge railway in Norway to be electrified. Sam Eyde’s system of electrically operated railway in Telemark would later set the standard for electrification in Europe.

This historical railway transported goods across from Rjukan docks at Notodden, over Lake Tinn (Tinnsjøen) from Tinnoset before continuing on land from Mæl to Rjukan, with a side track serving the Vemork Power Plant.

Museum railway and Wessel

The industrial transport line was closed down in 1991, but the Rjukan Line has found a new lease of life as a museum railway.

Open in summer season.

Timetable will follow

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