The Nesttun-Os Railway
The new line was built as a private enterprise, and they had to build as cheap as possible. On that reason the Nesttun-Os line was built with only 750 mm gauge, and it had the smallest bogie passenger carriages for ordinary traffic in Norway. Smallest curve radius was 50 m.
Construction of the line commenced in 1891. Three years later, on 1 July 1894, opening took place. The trains were packed to capacity by curious members of the public. In fact excursioners were the dominant traffic on this railway line. Goods traffic was of little importance, but a military training field at Ulven generated some traffic.
But after 1920 the competition from road transport became serious. In 1927 the railway company started its first bus route, the beginning of the enterprise now serving the area. The last train ran on 1 September 1935, but the owner company continued to run buses.
rolling stock on the Nesttun-Os railway was three 0-4-4-OT-Mallets
built by Ateliers de Tubize in Belgium in 1893 and 1895. These
locomotives were the mainstay of motive power through the 41
years the railway ran. A light locomotive of Decauville's Type
6 was built for the construction of the line, but was not much
used in the ordinary traffic. This engine was sold in 1907.
An O-8-OT was built for the line by Baldwin in 1917. Unfortunately
this engine was too big and unsuitable to the line, and was
used as little as possible.
at former Stend station
At Stend one of the original carriages (built in Birmingham in 1894) is placed on a 40 m long relaid track. Here you will also find a rail tricycle from 1925. In the old waiting-room there is an exhibition with effects and photos from the railway. You may buy postcards, books, T-shirts or videos about the railway. Postcards can be postmarked with a special postmark made for the museum. Tickets are free - of course, since you can't travel with them anyway! A diesel loco of the Norwegian brand Levahn (s/n 389 of 1967) was placed on the track in June of 2006, the intention is to make short railway trips for the tourists!
The museum is open from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on Sundays in June and August, and by appointment.