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The abandoned Inland Railway

The Inland railway was a bold project aimed to develop the inner and mostly deserted parts of Sweden and to create an alternative route from the north to the south. With an overall length of some 1300 km, the last part of the line was completed as late as 1937.

It became however apparent almost immediately that the goals were not to be fulfilled and since the early days, the traffic has been weak and loss-making. Partly due to regional- and military constraints, the line has survived several proposal of part- or full closure and except for some 160 km closed between 1969 and 1990, the rest of line is still more or less in use.

Nature regains lost land quickly and the closed section is now in very bad condition and severely overgrown and damaged at multiple places. Some bridges seen as obstructions for road traffic have been removed over the years and for long sections, it is almost impossible to spot the tracks under the vegetation.

The most spectacular item on the line is the large steel bridge at Tretjärn. Located just in the middle of nowhere, the majestic bridge just stands there with a completely overgrown line at both ends.
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