Links und Rechts des Schinenstranges

Alles Einsteigen, Türen schließen!

Skara!

The train dispatcher dispatches the train as in the forties and fifties and it starts slowly towards our destination. After approx. 600 meters we pass the old roundhouse and workshops. This was once one of the two main workshops on the line with among others, a smithy and a carpentry where no work was too big to be performed. Nowadays the museum society resides in the premisis and we carry out the same work as before but on a more mundane scale. Just behind the workshop, the line separates the one to the right used to be the line towards Timmersdala. To-day it is called “Ostaspåret “ (the Cheese track)  where we in the 70s and 80s took our passengers to the annual  cheese fair, even to-day it is used from time to time in connection with big events in the Vilan area.. But we take the left turn and follow the old mainline towards Mariestad and Gårdsjö.

Tveta!

The first halt along the line is here. In the neighbourhood, a nature trail starts, which leads to the remains of the castle "Nabbeborg", also known as "Tveta borg" and "Skara borg" in various anals. It's unclear when and by whom the castle was built, but it can be as early as during the 13th century as it was an important place during the 14th century. Nowadays not much remains as you can only find a few traces in the terrain.
Myråsen!

At 124 metres above the sea, this is the second highest point on the Västergötland – Göteborgs Järnvägar. Only Gårdsjö, the end of the old line, was slightly higher. There used to be a siding especially used by the so called “Egg Society” who at least once a week loaded a covered wagon with fresh eggs for the market in Gothenburg. There were also a country store and some other business owners, for example a dairy and a smithy. The place has got its name after Myråsen farm, nowadays occupied by Myråsen horse club.

Skogsmark!

But what is this? Another railway? Yes, it's SPNJ (Skogsmarks Teeny-Weeny Railway) that lies half-way in the forest and half-way in a garden. A small private hobby railway with 600mm gauge and the owner is often driving his train with a big smile on his lips when our trains pass each other.

Dala kvarn!

Close by you find an intact 19th  Century flourmill. At this waterfall, the first mill was erected in the 16th century. Nowadays a society owns the mill and one Sunday in August  they grind flour as it was done in the old days. There is an exhibition about the mill and you can buy flour and participate in other activities as well. Nearby the nature trail "Sörboleden" starts. It's about 3 kilometres long and runs through an area with a rich plant life. You cross six bridges and pass two wells, of which one is ferrous.

Lundsbrunn!

The train slows down and stops. We have arrived att Lundsbrunn, the end of the steam train. Here you will find a station house built when the railway opened in 1887, as well as a siding to the  goods shed and loading dock. Enjoy a cup of coffee at our café, open on all days with regular traffic. Lundsbrunn is most famous for the Spa. Since the 18th century people came here to drink the water from the Odin Well, which had an excellent reputation as it´s water seemed to be able to cure most illnesses. Nowadays the Spa is living quarters for asylum seekers. On Sundays during the season you can normally take the railbus to the halt at Lundsbrunns Kurort (end of line). Here the train stops in the middle of the park surrounding the Well. You can walk back to the station through the park. Nearby is also a nice golf course with an excellent restaurant.