October 2011

Another island railway, in the Baltic

A steam-hauled, metre-gauge system, the first line opened from Ronne to Nexo in 1900. Lines were completed to Sandvig in 1913, and Gudhjem in 1916. The system eventually became part of Danish State Railways (DSB) and was gradually closed between 1952 and 1968.

The top picture shows picture shows Aakirkeby Station, in the centre of the island. The bottom shows the station in Ronne, the largest town, from the air sometime before the railway closed in 1968.

Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea south of Skane in Sweden. It is a traditional summer resort for Danes and other Europeans, and it is easy to reach by train or bus through Sweden to the ferry at Ystad. The old railway right of way has generally been turned into walking and cycling paths.

If you read Danish, or can use Google Translate, check out this website: http://www.den-metersporede.dk