Image from 1920 with SJ R 975 in Abisko, Sweden.

This summer, the Swedish Railway Museum will be partnering with mining company LKAB to operate historic ore trains on “Malmbanan”, the Swedish Iron Ore Line. There were several sources of inspiration for this project: Since the Swedish Transport Administration is installing a new ERTMS signalling system, we wanted to run actual ore trains with the museum’s locomotives one last time. We also want to celebrate the 120-year anniversary of the northern section of the ore line and, finally, the event will coincide with the Kiruna Festival.

We’ll be offering the following fun activities and events.

Kiruna Festival, Thursday 30 June – Saturday 2 July

Scheduled events in Kiruna

  • Exhibit of historic and modern locomotives at Kiruna Station on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Steam locomotive R 976 from 1909, electric locomotive Dm3 1246-1247-1248 “Oskar” from 1970 and Rc1 1007 from 1967. Exact times for the locomotive exhibits to be announced this spring.
  • Short daytime tours by steam train for the public in Kiruna on all three days. Tentative pick-up and drop-off at Kiruna Station. We are running several tours, with plenty of time slots, free of charge. No pre-booking – just show up and come on board. Exact tour times to be announced this spring.
  • A lunch train on all three days, round trip from Kiruna to Abisko. These wagons are pulled by electric locomotive Da 888 from 1955, which used to serve the Iron Ore Line. The train has first-class carriages as well as restaurant and bar carriages, all from the 1950s, with lunch cooked from scratch on board and served on white linen tablecloths and china. Bookings for this train include lunch and a Kiruna-Abisko return trip only. The train will run from Kiruna at 09.43 and from Abisko Östra at 11.14–11.44, and will return at 14.15.

Treat yourself! Kiruna-Abisko lunch train during the Kiruna festival

In close collaboration with LKAB, the Swedish Railway Museum is operating historic ore trains on the Ore Line this summer. There are many good reasons why we’re offering this experience: Since the Swedish Transport Administration is installing a new ERTMS signalling system, we wanted to run actual ore trains with the museum’s locomotives one last time. We also want to celebrate the 120-year anniversary of the northern section of the ore line and, finally, the event will coincide with the Kiruna Festival.

On Thursday 30 June, Friday 1 July and Saturday 2 July, we are offering a round-trip lunch train service from Kiruna to Abisko. These trains will be hauled by the electric locomotive Da 888 from 1955, which previously served the Iron Ore Line. The train has first-class carriages as well as restaurant and bar carriages, all from the 1950s. So why not treat yourself to a lunch cooked from scratch on board and served on white linen tablecloths and china?

A round-trip ticket costs 350 kronor including lunch, a drink to go with your meal (light beer or sparkling water) and coffee. You can purchase wine and beer in the bar carriage and bring it with you for lunch. Our bar carriage is also open during non-lunch hours if you’d like to buy beer, wine, coffee or biscuits during the journey. You can pay by card or Swish. Since our alcohol license applies for the entire train, passengers are not allowed to bring their own alcohol.

Only round trip tickets can be booked. The trip cannot be booked excluding lunch.

Timetable

Depart Kiruna at 09.43
Arrive in Abisko Östra 11.14

Depart Abisko Östra at 11.44
Arrive in Kiruna 14.15

Lunch

Lunch is served in two sittings, each with 48 seats available.
Seating 1: 11.45-12.45
Seating 2: 13.15-14.15

Menu (Includes a drink with meal)

Salisbury steak with fried onions, a tomato salad and boiled potatoes.
Nasi Goreng with salmon.
Vegetarian Nasi Goreng with fresh vegetables.

Tickets

Booking opens 16 May at 10 am.
Book your tickets by sending us an e-mail to: resor@jarnvagsmuseet.se
We handle the bookings in the order they arrive. We kindly ask you to provide the following information in your e-mail:

• First and last name
• Address
• Phone number
• E-mail
• Quantity
• Which day you want to book
• What sitting time you want
• If you want fish dishes, vegetarian alternatives or report other food allergies.

Payment

Payment is made by invoice, you who book from abroad receive an instruction in connection with your invoice.


Dinner train 1 July

We are offering a round-trip dinner train service from Kiruna to Björkliden on Friday 1 July. These trains will be hauled by the electric locomotive Da 888 from 1955, which previously served the Iron Ore Line. The train has first-class carriages as well as restaurant and bar carriages, all from the 1950s. So why not treat yourself to a dinner cooked from scratch on board and served on white linen tablecloths and china?

A round-trip ticket costs 500 kronor including dinner, a drink to go with your meal (light beer or sparkling water) and coffee. You can purchase wine and beer in the bar carriage and bring it with you for lunch. Our bar carriage is also open during non-lunch hours if you’d like to buy beer, wine, coffee or biscuits during the journey. You can pay by card or Swish. Since our alcohol license applies for the entire train, passengers are not allowed to bring their own alcohol.

Only round trip tickets can be booked. The trip cannot be booked excluding lunch.

Timetable

Depart Kiruna at 16.30
Arrive in Björkliden 18.29
Depart Björkliden 19.08
Arrive in Kiruna 22.06

Lunch
Lunch is served in two sittings, each with 48 seats available.
Seating 1: 11.45-12.45
Seating 2: 13.15-14.15
Menu (Includes a drink with meal)
Salisbury steak with fried onions, a tomato salad and boiled potatoes.
Nasi Goreng with salmon.
Vegetarian Nasi Goreng with fresh vegetables.

Tickets and pricing

Tickets will be sold through the Nortic website. When the site opens for bookings, we will post the link here.
Price: 350 SEK/person


Historic ore trains, night towards Sunday 3 July

During the lightest hours of the midnight sun, two historic ore trains will run along the Kiruna–Vassijaure route. We are running these trains at night because trackwork is taking place in the morning on the northern side of the Iron Ore Line, and because traffic is minimal this late at night.

It’s impossible not to step on board these trains and be awed by the stunning nature in this mountainous region. We encourage anyone who has an interest to experience this unique midnight event. And we want to show that our historic locomotives can do what they were once built to do – haul iron ore at full wagon weight.

  • Ore train with steam locomotive R 976. This steam locomotive was built to pull the ore trains on the most demanding section, from Abisko Östra to Riksgränsen at the Norwegian border, so these locomotives became the most robust ever built for Swedish train service. Although the R locomotive is incredibly strong, it’s also designed to go slowly when transporting heavy loads.

    R 976 will pull modern ore wagons from LKAB together with coupler wagons, since the ore wagons use an automatic coupler and the steam locomotive a screw coupler. The planned wagon weight is 1,400 tonnes – exactly what the R locomotives are built to pull.

    The train, called 50976, operates as a freight train. Timetable:

    • From the Kiruna ore rail yard: 23.55 (5 min. before midnight) on Saturday night, 2 July. The train will run from Sjöbangården and pass through Kiruna Station on its way to Vassijaure.
    • Torneträsk, 02.28-03.25: Here, we’ll stop for a water or coal refill if needed.
    • Abisko Östra, 05.08-06.38: Stop for water, coal, change of personnel.
    • Vassijaure, 08.42: Arrival.

  • Ore train with electric locomotive Dm3 1246-1248-1248. This is a classic electric locomotive type that operated on the Iron Ore Line up to 2013, and in its time was one of Europe’s strongest electric locomotives with close to 10,000 horsepower. Dm3 is built to pull a wagon weight of 5,200 tonnes. Loaded ore wagons from LKAB will be pulled behind it.

    The train is called 29246 and operates as a freight train. Timetable:

    • From the Kiruna ore rail yard, 02.41: The train will run from Sjöbangården and pass through Kiruna station on its way to Vassijaure.
    • Torneträsk ,04.17-04.30.
    • Abisko Östra, 05.44-07.00: Here, you will get to see both ore trains next to each other.
    • Vassijaure, 08.57: Arrival.

  • After both ore trains arrive in Vassijaure, all loaded wagons will be switched to one train and pulled by LKAB to Narvik (R 976), and Dm3 will carry ore that will actually be transported to Narvik.

    Swedish Railway Museum's locomotives and coupler wagons will depart at 10 a.m. for 10.53 arrival at Abisko Östra. After that, our staff will get some well-deserved sleep!

Experiencing the magic of these trains doesn’t cost you a thing – all you need to do is get yourself out into nature in the middle of the night. Please keep in mind that because this is a museum locomotive, it might not perform as intended. But we at the Railway Museum will do everything in our power to make it work.

Svenska Järnvägsklubben, SJK (The Swedish Railway Club), will arrange an extra train from Stockholm to Kiruna for the event, as well as buses for photography enthusiasts who want to stop and take some pictures. The timetables will be announced on SJK’s website aswell as in the magazine Tåg issue 1, 2022. SJK can also be reached by e-mail: resor@sjk.se.


Travel behind the R and Dm3, Sunday evening, 3 July

On this evening, SJK has ordered an extra train from Abisko Östra to Vassijaure (round trip). R 976 will pull the train that departs at 20.22 and arrives at Vassijaure at 21.46. The train will return behind the Dm3 locomotive at 22.42 and reach Abisko Östra at 23:31. SJK will also provide a connecting train to Kiruna and back again.

This trip will also be announced on SJK’s website. Please check their websites for updates. SJK can also be reached by e-mail: resor@sjk.se.


Swedish Railway Museum’s freight train

If you’re interested in how all the locomotives and wagons are transported, here are some photo tips:

  • During the week of 23 May, Dm3 will slowly pull a decoupled (cold) R 976 at 40 km/hr from Gävle to Kiruna. The trip will take about 2-3 days.
  • On the afternoon of Monday 27 June, Rc1 1007 will pull a train along the same route with all our passenger wagons and staff. The train will arrive in Kiruna on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Late Saturday night on 2 July, Rc1 1007 will pull a freight train from Kiruna to Abisko Östra.
  • On Monday evening, 4 July, Rc1 will pull a train from Abisko Östra down to Gävle with all passenger wagons and staff who will arrive in Gävle on Tuesday evening.
  • On Tuesday, 5 July, Dm3 will bring a decoupled, cold R 976 to Gävle. This train will also operate at 40 km/hr and reach Gävle in 2-3 days.

All trains run via Bräcke-Vännäs-Boden, not via Botniabanan (the Bothnia Line). Note that these trains are for display only and will not carry passengers. Check back on our website towards the summer for updated timetables if you’d like to take photographs of these amazing trains.

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