A New Part of the Commuter Line

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Commuter train inside 2017-07-13. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

A New Part of the Commuter Line has opened

Yesterday I went with the commuter train all the way from Tumba to Odenplan – without having to change trains! I went to visit my old friend Ulla who lives just by the new stations at Odenplan. The new part of the commuter line only opened this Monday, so it is really new (after some eight year of building it).

The line is not all finished though. The new bridges and tunnels at Älvsjö and Årstaberg are not yet taken into service. It is first at Södra Station the train now goes in under the water and under town to the new station Stockholm City that replaces Centralen. No more running through the culvert at Centralen, no more waiting outdoors at Centralen for the commuter trains as they are moved to the new station. Only the regular trains to wherever in the world now stop at Centralen. I went on though to the next new station at Odenplan. I’ll visit Stockholm City station another time.

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Commuter train doors. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

At the new stations there are now sliding doors on the platforms that open where the doors of the commuter trains are only when the train is at the station. Nobody can now enter the rails or fall down on them. Very good.

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Stockholm Odenplan commuter train station. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The station called Stockholm Odenplan is huge, clean, open and really nice. It replaces the station at Karlberg. All the commuter trains pass here.

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Stockholm Odenplan, exit Vanadisvägen. One of the escalators.

I didn’t exit at Odenplan proper but at the other end, exit Vanadisvägen, as that is the closest to Ulla’s (she lives at Västmannagatan).

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Stockholm Odenplan, exit Vanadisvägen. One of the escalators. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

There are three different escalators at the exit to Vanadisvägen… Two of them are really long. This commuter station is deep down in the mountain.

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The last escalator upto Vanadisvägen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

In between the escalators there is a long tunnel, Middle North it is called.

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Stockholm Odenplan, tunnel. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The tunnel between two of the escalators is really long and not as dark as it looks in the picture above (even though that is shot at 21:30 at night on my way home).

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Stockholm Odenplan, exit Vanadisvägen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I like the lighting in the ceiling at the last/first escalator to/from the Stockholm Odenplan exit Vanadisvägen.

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A stepup for the station guards. Stocholm Odenplan. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

At the station there was a stepup… Looks a bit temporary… When I arrived earlier in the day it was used by the platform guards who controlled the doors from the station to the commuter trains with a remote. Or whatever it was that they controlled… By stepping up, they got a better overview of the station.

I will visit Stockholm City commuter train station another time, and I will also have a look at how the Stockholm Odenplan station looks like above ground.

I like the new stations. I also like not having to get off at Centralen and switch to the subway after passing through the long tunnel there when I visit Ulla near Odenplan. The trip between Stockholm City and Stockholm Odenplan was just a couple of minutes. It was a very smooth journey. Even though trains were delayed when I went home because of problems on the line north of town… One of the reasons for the new line under town though is that the commuter trains and the regular trains no longer compete for the rails through town which should make trainrides through Stockholm smoother for everyone.

The new stations are really nice.

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