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  • This is Strängnäs, Sweden

    Located about 80 km west from Stockholm you will find Strängnäs. The town is the centre of the municipality, Mariefred is the second town located here among some smaller villages like Stallarholmen, Åkers Styckebruk, Länna and Härad. Strängnäs is my home town since april 2000, and I'm happy and proud to live.

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    Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden

    I'd like to start this thread by posting some fresh pictures from Mariefred. It's a picturesque small with a town center consisting of a lot of old buildings. Other very characteristic things are the castle of Gripsholm and the museum railway going to Läggesta and Taxinge.


    The sign on the station building, the place cannot be mistaken.


    The building is quite well known in Sweden. On the bottom floor you will find the ticket office where you can purchase tickets printed on real cardboard. On the second floor there are spaces for the volunteers working on the railway.


    On this specific day I was a bit late, so there wasn't too much action. In the red building on the left there is a small museum as well a café whee you can buy home baked cakes for your coffee.


    In the opposite direction you will find a water tower suppling the steam engines with water.


    One of the engines is reversing back to the garages.

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    • #3
      Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden


      It can be a bit problematic to find the right track, there are three of them!


      The departure times for the day are announced on a chalk board.


      Manually operated.

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      • #4
        Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden

        Some more railway pictures from autumn 2010.


        A train has just arrived.


        Well polished!


        More action.


        And off we go.


        Some atmospheric shot.


        It's getting dark. Normally they only operate one night per year, and I must say it's a very special feeling to travel with a steam train on a dark autumn evening.

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        • #5
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          The only lights inside the cars are not exactly top of the art.


          And the headlights on the engines are from the same decade.


          Not giving too much help in finding your way.


          At least the signals are electrically illuminated.


          A night study of the former end station Läggesta.

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          • #6
            Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden

            Let's head to the Gripsholm castle and look at some interesting details. Funny, it seems like I haven't got a picture where you can see the complete castle located on the shore of lake Mälaren.


            The entrance.


            Can you find the door???


            Some decorations.


            A wooden carwing located on one of the doors of the castle.


            This pipe needs some fixing. Here you can see the fake tiles that are painted on some of the castles' walls.


            It's perhaps seen a bit easier on this picture.

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            • #7
              Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden

              Oh, how awesome.... I was there too! I saw the train, the castle and that very same station!

              I will post the images in my vacation thread when I get a free moment again.
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              • #8
                Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden

                Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                Oh, how awesome.... I was there too! I saw the train, the castle and that very same station!

                I will post the images in my vacation thread when I get a free moment again.
                That's about 22km from my living room...
                Some of my best friends are involved in running the railway: building tracks, selling coffee, checking tickets. You didn't also happen to be in Strängnäs?

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                • #9
                  Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden

                  Originally posted by Tommi View Post
                  That's about 22km from my living room...
                  Some of my best friends are involved in running the railway: building tracks, selling coffee, checking tickets. You didn't also happen to be in Strängnäs?
                  I'm not sure, but I went to the castle first, then walked to town and took some photos of the train and the train staff, before also taking some photos of a local steam boat there.
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  • #10
                    Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden

                    Time to fill up with some more pictures from Mariefred.


                    Bouys are very fashinating.


                    Just red and blue, very simple.


                    The door of a old boat that occasionally was moored in the guest harbour.


                    Typical Swedish paddock flowers.


                    These signs are pointing to the nearest fire hydrant. This is located 7 metres away.

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                    • #11
                      Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden


                      I think our Norwegian speaking readers will understand the funny name of the boat.


                      Last autumn when this boat was on the shore, I captured the other side.


                      The church of the town.


                      One more. The steamer moored at the quay is the s/s Mariefred, by locals called "Maja". She has been on the Stockholm-Mariefred route since she was built in 1903, that's impressive! She's still fired with coal and have her original 108 year old steam engine.
                      Last edited by Tommi; July 30th, 2011, 21:25.

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                      • #12
                        Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden

                        I just had to edit some more pictures.


                        Another view of the church.


                        A mooring ring located on the quay.


                        Even more locomotives.


                        Some details.

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                        • #13
                          Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden

                          Most of the locomotives and railway cars are coming from old railways around the country. The most of them still have their original markings left.






                          Have you ever travelled in 3rd class?




                          Made in Germany?


                          Over pressure valve (?) and a steam whistle.

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                          • #14
                            Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden

                            Absolutely fantastic images: I must say, I was at this beautiful place for about 3 hours, and I see now, that I should have spent a lot more time here.

                            Next time, I promise that I will spend a lot more time in this place. So many beautiful motifs, so much to see... !
                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                            • #15
                              Re: This is Strängnäs, Sweden

                              Tommi, thank you for this thread. So wonderful. I have to look back at it in a moment with more time. But i love all this detail pictures. What a lovely little railway!!
                              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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