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The Thamshavn Railway

The Thamshavn railway runs from the Old Mines in Løkken Verk to Bårdshaug, a 22 kilometer long ride.

It was built to transport the ore from the Løkken mine down to Thamshavn for shipping elsewhere.When the railway was opened in 1908, it was Norway’s first electric railway. Today, Thamshavn Railway is the world’s oldest railway running on alternating current. Thamshavn Railway provided passenger transport from the outset, and passenger trains ran until 1963, after which passengers were transported by bus. In 1974, production in the mines Løkken was reorganized and as a result there was less need for rail transport and the ore trains stopped running.

On 10 July 1983, 75 years to the day after the opening of Thamshavn Railway, the first museum train entered into service. Today, visitors can travel by train between Løkken Verk and Bårdshaug, in exactly the same carriages as used in 1908. It is also possible to book tours with the King’s Carriage, which also dates from 1908. During the journeys, either light refreshments or three-course meals can be enjoyed in the restaurant carriage (must be preordered).

See our website for scheduled departures in 2019.

Into the mountain

The Old mine has a large underground cavern, Fagerlisalen, where the miners once worked. It is also appropriately known as the ‘Cathedral of labour and toil’. There, miners would have strived to earn their living by extracting the ore from the hard rock. This was done by fire-setting, which would have involved setting large fires close to the rock face. The resulting thermal stresses would have caused cracking. After the fires had died down and the smoke had been ventilated, the miners would broken up the loosened rock with picks. Pieces of rock containing ores would then have been carried up and out of the mine shaft, and new supplies of firewood taken down. Hence, over time, the mine gradually increased in size.

Guided tours

Individual tours can be booked in the Old Mine all year by contacting us at

Practical information

In the Old Mine the temperature is between 10-14 ° C throughout the year, so it is okay to dress up for this. The tour goes on one level inside the mine with gravel paths and wooden plates, use good shoes.

Offer to groups

  • Ride the historic train
  • Industry museum
  • Visit to the mines (guided tour)
  • Can serve lunch in the mines for groups. Ask for price.


Orkla Industry Museum
John Arnt Holmen,
+47 993 42 760


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