Last day with the Gardermoen model railway exhibition
Pictures taken Dec. 12th 1998
by Svein Sando
Information Centre at Gardermoen, was closed 12th of December 1998 after three years of
operation. The Information Centre closed due to opening of the airport and the railway in
October. During its three years of operation, the trains have run about 15000 actual kilometres. Roughly
half a million visitors are supposed to have seen the model. Visitors have been able to
start seven simultaneous running trains by pushing a button. Each train would then run one
100 m long tour on the railway which lasted about 5 minutes.
The model showed four displays
of the railway through four large windows: (1) Oslo Central Station, (2) Børke, between
Lillestrøm and Kløfta, (3) Kløfta station and (4) Gardermoen Airport station.
On the day of closure, I took some photographs of the model
which I would like to share with you. The normal lightening of the model was rather dark
(blacklight and soft spotlights). To get more impression of the model, I turned on a
working light in addition. The light may then look a little unbalanced, but it gave me the
opportunity to drop the even worse lights from flash bulbs. A used an 100 ASA Fuji colour
print film suited for indoor lights. The camera was a Konica TL from 1970 with 35mm
The picture to the left in taken by Hans Erik Bjerke when I started the railways for the very last time December 12th 1998 at 22:07.
View of the model as the visitors saw it when entering the room.
Video of trains running at the railway, 28Mb, 2:41
The pictures below are arranged in four, one for each of the four windows. Every picture is taken Dec. 12th 1998, just before the deconstruction of the model took place.
After Dec. 12th 1998
The NSB Gardermoen Railway financed
the initial construction and operation until the closure. The Gardermoen Model Railway
Club was handed over the model. The purpose is to move the model to some other place in
the region, as it is or rebuilt to fit in a new location. The future location is not yet
known. In 2005 the club is still searching for a new location for the model.
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