Stora Bör – Östra Silen railway line

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Stora Bör – Östra Silen
Route length: about 5 km
Gauge : 792 mm
0 Stora Bör
Åmål – Årjäng railway line
~ 5 Östra Silenus

The railway Stora Bor-Östra Silen was a horse tram built Swedish railway line in the province of County of Värmland and the historic province of Värmland , the lakes Stora Bör and Östra Silen association.


The horse-drawn tram was built by the Harde Nordmarks härad in 1887 to connect the two lakes. Mainly wood was transported on the railway line.

The Åmål – Årjäng railway crossed the line near Norane station. Gustavsfors Fabrikers Bolag took over the line in the late 1890s.

The approximately five-kilometer route existed from 1887 to 1950 and was operated by horses. A motor locomotive was procured in 1927. This was converted from a car equipped with a Ford engine. Another such locomotive with a Buick engine was self-built in the 1930s.


The cargo was only driven in the direction from Stora Bör ( 157.1  m above sea level ) to Sillebotten ( 103.2  m above sea level ), the end point of the route on Östra Silen. The wood was felled in the woods around Stora Bör and floated to the north end of the route. The rafting was done first with sails and oars , later the steamboat Gustafsfors VI was used as a towing vehicle.

The logs were loaded onto the wagons by driving them on a track into the lake and the logs "floating" on the wagons. The wagons were then pulled ashore and taken to Sillebotten. At the time of the horse operation, the empty wagons were pulled to the Stora Bör, loaded they rolled back to Sillebotten by gravity. After the motorization, the trains were transported in both directions with the locomotives. In Sillebotten the tree trunks were thrown back into the lake and formed into new rafts that were transported on.

After the closure in 1950, the line was demolished and the rails and some wagons sold. At the “station” of the line at the northern end of the Stora Bör, the two locomotives, some tracks and some wooden transport wagons remained in the workshop.

In 1977 there were remains of a locomotive and two wooden transport cars in Svanskog. They were given to the museum in Åmål Östra, where they were still there in 2006.


The track width of 790 mm, more like 792 mm (32 verktum ), was determined in 2002 with the available material. The specification of 762 mm in Järnvägsdata 1999 can only refer to the distance between the inside of the wheels of the locomotive or to an incorrect spelling. Another source says that when the locomotive started operating, the gauge changed from 762 mm to 792 mm.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Sveriges officiela statistics. (PDF) Vermlands län 1886–1890, Ny fjöld No. 7. In: Kungl. Maj.ts Befallningshafvandes femårsberättelser. P. 22 , accessed December 26, 2019 (Swedish).
  2. ^ Sveriges officiela statistics. (PDF) Vermlands län 1896–1900, Ny fjöld No. 9. In: Kungl. Maj.ts Befallningshafvandes femårsberättelser. P. 38 , accessed December 26, 2019 (Swedish).
  3. a b ÅmÅJ betongviadukt och balkbro. In: Järnvägsmusei Vänners, Järnvägshistoriska Forum. January 16, 2009, Retrieved December 26, 2019 (Swedish, newspaper clipping December 17, 1977 and images July 29, 2006).
  4. ^ A b Hans Keller: Timmerbanan Stora Bör-Östersilen., January 27, 2003, accessed December 24, 2019 (Swedish).
  5. ^ Sv: St. Bör och Ö Silen Järnväg., January 27, 2003, accessed December 24, 2019 (Swedish).