Katrineholm

Two regional buses by the bus terminal in downtown Katrineholm.

Katrineholm is to be found about an hour by train west of Stockholm. There is no shortage of trains passing this way, as it is situated where most trains bound for both Norway, the Swedish westcoast and Denmark, as well as southern Sweden go separate ways. There is a major hickup; most trains don´t stop, so make sure it does. Tickets can easily be purchased from blue TVM:s accepting credit cards, also on unstaffed stations.

Katrineholm is one of the biggest conurbations in Södermanland state. Only Eskilstuna and the capital Nyköping is bigger. Well, big in these cases translates as 33 000, 94 000 and 50 000 respectively. Katrineholm is definitely a city in is own right. The downtown is cosy, with an ideal integration of the station premises into the shopping district and bus terminal.

Laggarhult water tower, close to the eastern terminus of route 1.

The city

The north side of the railway tracks is arguably the least developed, so you will likely want to spend the most time on the south side. Only one busroute is venturing north from the main railroad. The other railway line forking south is mostly splitting the remaining city in half, with the southeast portion in turn constituting the lions share. Along the southern fringe of the city is a belt of lakes, that may confer some relief a warm summers day. A few open air baths is also to be found. The Nobel laureate Selma Lagerlöf wrote a geography book, "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils", translated into 60 languages. One entry is mentioning Djulö manor, a 10 minute walk from bus 3, where a café is situated.

Fields close to Djulö, a most wonderful day in may.

Almost empty buses

Sadly Katrineholm is something of a Swedish epitome for low ridership numbers. I say this in comparison with the 50 plus Swedish cities I have some experience from regarding this matter. The positive side is the needed relief from crowding, that can be a chore, if you like me live in a overheated city as Stockholm. It may also be an omen that nobody saw it coming: the incident of the bus maker Scanias move of the production from Katrineholm and abroad a few years back. I mean, if hardly anybody rode the buses they built.

Katrineholm can be worth the spending of a whole day, at least if the weather is fine. Let´s make a virtue out of the fact that three out of the four local routes only operates hourly, and office hours (barely). You will have time to look around if you alight anywhere. The drivers will know you before the day is over. The main east-west diagonal route is easier, because it runs all day, and most of it every 30 minutes. The total service output in the city only demand three buses. Some 1990:s Mercedes is pretty much in evidence.

The bus terminal depicted in 2000, but it could have been from my latest visit in 2009.

Who is running the show?

The undertaking Orusttrafiken runs the city transit, while regional routes are operated by Swebus. All is done on the behalf of the state transit company, and thus their ticketing system applies to all routes. The prices for local services is momentarily 22 SEK for a one hour ticket, and 26 SEK for three hours. A differentiated tarif comes in effect for longer routes outside the city proper.

Vingåker centre, close to the reinstituted railway station.

Explore the surroundings

Exemples of places to explore in the vicinity of Katrineholm, could be Vingåker and Flen. These can be reached by both bus and train. A former prime minister that originate from the area, use to recommend a trip to Julita. Norrköping is not far away, and some workings of their commuter trains even get to Katrineholm. If you venture a little bit further, by another bus connection from Flen, a gem for the enthusiast is to be found. The Malmköping tramway museum, with a former railway used for running the vehicles in summertime.

The map indicates cities or villages with green dots, railway lines as red, and bus routes as blue. Numbers refer to lines or schedules. There is even more buses, but I will redirect those inquires to the state transit companys site, containing appropriate maps, timetables and a wealth of other information.

Links

Södermanland state transit

Orusttrafiken

The city of Katrineholm

The city of Vingåker (Swedish only?)

The city of Flen

Julita open air museum

Swedish tramway association, Malmköping heritage tramway

Scania 113 was an epitome of the transit scene in Södermanland around the turn of the century. I will always miss them.

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