It Was a Short Line, But Its Years of Service Left a Big Impact

November 26, 1902

The Skreia Line, a railway line in eastern Norway, made its debut. Measuring a little over 13 miles (20.9 kilometers) in length, this single-track rail was a branch line from the GjøvikLine. The Skreia Line specifically ran between the villages of Reinsvoll and Skreia in the district of Toten. 

Paul Due

One of the most distinctive features of the Skreia Line involved a dozen stations along its route. These stations were designed by renowned architect Paul Due, who used a number of different styles for the facilities. The station in Skreia, for example, was done in the Dragestil style (a uniquely Scandinavian approach based on medieval and Viking art and characterized by such Norse motifs as serpents and dragons). The stations for the trading center of Lena and village of Kraby, on the other hand, were each done in an Art Nouveau style. 

The Skreia Line operated for several decades, with passenger service ending in 1963 and freight traffic terminating in 1987. During the mid-1990s, the track along the line was removed and replaced with a trail for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

For more information on the Skreia Line, please check out  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skreia_Line.

Additional information on architect Paul Due is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Due.

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