Östra Södermanlands Järnväg

Narrow gauge railway Svealandsbanan Mariefred
Östra Södermanlands Railroad

Mariefred – Läggesta Nedre – Taxinge-Näsby

  km   min
S/S Mariefred
-0,447  -5   Mariefred Steamboat dock
-0,195  -2   Värdshuset (The Inn)
0,000   0   Mariefred
0,648   3   Gripsholmsviken
0,962   4   Hjorthagen
2,059   8   Marielund
2,565   11  Ekviken
3,208/35,014   14  Läggesta/Läggesta Lower Station
Skallaholmsbron (12 m)
31,615      Hedlandet
30,554      Sjöbygget
27,820      Härnön
27,420      Taxinge-Näsby

Östra Södermanlands Järnväg (Ö.Sl.J.), Eastern Södermanland Railway is a 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) narrow gauge railway in Mariefred, Sweden. Steam-hauled passenger traffic is provided all days of the week during the summer.

Operations began on a small scale at the Lina brick works in Södertälje in 1959, until a chance to take over the recently closed Läggesta-Mariefred appeared in 1964.

General remarks

Ö.Sl.J. operates traffic with 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) narrow gauge locomotives and carriages dating from the period 1890-1925. Scheduled traffic run between Mariefred - Läggesta - Taxinge-Näsby, a total length of 11 km (6.8 mi).

The collection of rolling stock of this heritage railway is centered on the seven Swedish railways which ran scheduled passenger traffic on 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) narrow gauge track. The collection of passenger cars is internationally noteworthy, as 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) narrow gauge is typically used for industrial freight only.

Mariefred – Läggesta

This is part of the line is the heart of Ö.Sl.J. The line was originally the SJ standard gauge spur line from Läggesta to Mariefred, which the Swedish State Railways (SJ) operated until 1964 when the line was closed. Ö.Sl.J. took over the track and station in Mariefred after a few years and relaid the track to 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) narrow gauge.

Läggesta – Taxinge-Näsby

When the new SJ main line "Svealandsbanan" (Södertälje - Eskilstuna) was built in 1995, the old Södertälje - Eskilstuna line was closed and the track torn up on most of the line. Soon after this Ö.Sl.J. got permission to use the 7 km (4.3 mi) long remaining part of the line from Läggesta to Taxinge-Näsby. After a 10 years long trial period running a type Y7 railcar the line has been undergoing regauging to 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) narrow gauge. Traffic with trains on 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) tracks started in May 2011.

The collection

Steam Locomotives at Östra Södermanlands Järnväg:

Nr.1 Lotta (Under restoration)

No 2 Lessebo (The only remaining original design Mallet locomotive in the world. Not operational)

Nr.2 Virå (Operational)


Nr.3 Dylta (Not operational)


Nr.4 km Nelsson (Not operational)

KM Nelsson

Nr.5 Hamra (Machinery overhaul)


Nr.6 Christina Hjelm (Under reconstruction)

Nr.7 Helgenäs (Boiler overhaul)

Nr.8 Emsfors (Operational)


Nr.9 JGJ 9 (Operational)


Nr.10 Avesta (Operational)


See also

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