Out and about international: The Ostra Sodermanlands Jarnvag (OSLJ) By Dave Scott
On a recent visit to Stockholm, Sweden I came acrossÂ this delightful 600mm railway about 40 minutes from the city. The railway was started by enthusiasts in 1959 at a small brickworks to the south of Stockholm with one locomotive, a carriage and a small baggage van and was the beginning of Swedenâ€™s first preserved railway, the OSLJ. Ten years later the Swedish State Railway closed to traffic on its 4 kilometre standard gauge branch line between Mariefred and Laggesta near Stockholm. The OSLJ managed to take over the line and rebuilt it to run to 600mm gauge. In the late 1990s the state railways Sodertalje - Eskilstuna line was rerouted. The OSLJ then managed to acquire the discontinued section from Laggesta nedre to Taxinge-Nasby and extended their line so that today they have an 11 kilometre railway with their new Terminus located in Taxinge-Nasby.