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In Sweden's North, the rail network thins out, and the sole North-South mainline goes deep inland, and the cities along the coast are connected only by branchlines.

It is the rysskräck. One of the main reasons for building the mainline a bit inland was to be able to move troops even if the russians had landed and taken control of the coastal towns.

Actually, to be even more sure an inland track (the green one on the map) was built in time for ww2. After the war it was disused but still exists and has some tourist trains.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Dec 17th, 2009 at 06:07:14 PM EST
Actually, to be even more sure an inland track (the green one on the map) was built in time for ww2.

However, it was started much earlier.

Inlandsbanan - Wikipedia

In 1907 the Riksdag decided that the first link between Östersund and Ulriksfors was to be built. The next stage Ulriksfors-Volgsjö (today Vilhelmina) was conceived in 1911; the year after that the Sveg-Brunflo stage was given the go ahead. The northernmost stage Vilhelmina-Gällivare was agreed in 1917. By purchasing the private railway lines between Sveg and Kristinehamn the entire stretch stood clear.

It was to take many years for the workers to finish this line. Originally the line was to be inaugurated in 1924, but due to recession and labour shortages it wasn't finished until 1937.

Years ago, I saw a documentary on the line on a German TV channel. IIRC they said that the Inlandsbanan had a US inspiration: it was to drive settlement and create economic growth the way Northern Pacific and Great Northern did in the regions settled by Swedes emigrating to the USA (and thereby keep more Swedes from emigrating to the USA).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Dec 18th, 2009 at 04:06:31 AM EST
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One of the last steps in the colonization project that begun in the 17th century.

It was often sold as a way to increase prosperity in the northern regions but in the end every project tended to be controlled from Stockholm, serving the needs of Stockholm. Which meant northern Sweden was mainly bset up to ship resources south.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Dec 18th, 2009 at 09:42:57 AM EST
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