In Pictures: 3 Abandoned Subterranean Ghost Stations in Oslo, Norway

abandoned-station-oslo-norway-5 (Image: The Winchester (website: thewinch.net)

The hidden underworld beneath Oslo may not be as extensive as the labyrinthine subterranea of London, Paris or New York. But Norway’s capital nevertheless boasts a range of intriguing transportation relics in its myriad tunnels. Among them are three ghost stations that have been off-limits and largely unseen by the public for years. These abandoned stations lie all but forgotten, but remain eerily intact.

Valkyrie Plass Station

abandoned-station-oslo-norway-4 (Image: Beenerman)

This dimly-lit ghost station is arguably the most impressive and intact abandonment on the Oslo Metro (aka T-Bane). Valkyrie plass has been deserted since 1985, when it was closed due to its proximity to nearby Majorstuen station.

abandoned-station-oslo-norway-6 (Image: Anders Beer Wilse)

The station first opened on June 28, 1928 to serve passengers on the city’s Holmenkollen Line. Despite the collapse of the road above during construction, Valkyrie plass was completed to an elegant neoclassical design by Kristofer Andreas Lange and lies at a depth of 136 ft.

abandoned-station-oslo-norway-7 (Image: The Winchester (website: thewinch.net)

But 50 years later the demands of modern rollingstock were beginning to put a strain on the short platforms. With no room to expand the subterranean infrastructure to accommodate more than two carriages, Valkyrie plass was forced to close. The street-level building is now a restaurant, while the ghost station lingers on beneath.

Volvat Ghost Station

abandoned-station-oslo-norway (Image: The Winchester – website: thewinch.net)

Another victim of modernisation, Volvat station harks back to a time when Oslo operated an underground tram system, which only required short platforms to accommodate two-car stock. Somewhat younger than Valkyrie plass, Volvat opened in 1939.

abandoned-station-oslo-norway-2 (Image: Robert Charles Wilse, cc-sa-3.0)

But by 1995, when the Røa Line was upgraded to full rapid transit specification, trains had begun to bypass the outdated station with its inadequately short platforms. Located between Majorstuen and Borgen, Volvat closed permanently on April 7, 1997 and has steadily deteriorated ever since.

abandoned-station-oslo-norway-3 (Image: The Winchester – website: thewinch.net)

The tracks remain in use, but the platforms appear to be derelict, covered in rubble that may suggest their ultimate demolition. On either side, stone steps lead up to long-sealed street-level entrances that will likely never be opened to the public again.

Elisenberg Station

Elisenberg-station-abandoned-oslo-norway (Image: Beenerman)

While Valkyrie plass might be the most photogenic Oslo ghost station, but Elisenberg Station is probably the least known. Unlike the other two entries in this article, Elisenberg is an unfinished mainline railway station on the Drammen Line, hidden deep within the busy Oslo Tunnel.

Built between 1971 and 1980, Elisenberg Station boasts a 720 ft central platform. Pedestrian access was begun but left unfinished due to a lack of funds to complete the station and push it into service. More recent studies showed that Elisenberg would add little value due to its proximity to neighbouring stations, and the funds needed to complete it would be prohibitive. So it’s likely the ghost station will remain just that for the foreseeable future, off-limits to all but railway maintenance workers.

Keep Reading – The Ghost Tunnels of Antwerp’s Abandoned Premetro Line

 
 


 
 
 

Popular Posts

 
 

Latest Articles

 
 


 
 

Explore Urban Ghosts

 
 

Abandoned & Urbex

 
 
 

Send this to friend

Urban Ghosts uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience and to serve you with advertisements that might interest you. By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Privacy Policy

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close