Lennakatten heritage line (Sweden)

Grumpy Git

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I'm working in Uppsala and will have spare time on Sunday to take a trip on the Lennakatten line.

Has anyone been on this and more importantly, is there a pub at the other end while I wait for the return?
 
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jamesontheroad

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I haven't done the trip myself, so this is based on second hand info.

There's not much in Faringe - although I think there's a café in or next to the clothes shop there. If you travel a shorter distance, there was a värdshus in Almumge: more of a restaurant than a pub but it is licensed.
 

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Yes I have, it's a very good day out.

What James says is correct as far as I know. There is a simple cafe in Faringe, it does serve full meals. I am not sure if it is licensed or it may be for just lower alcohol beer.

There is not much to see/do en route apart from nature*, but the line itself is very interesting. There are a few request stops with absolutely tiny stations. A couple of years ago I basically did a day rover on the line and tried to get as many stations as possible. The staff found it very amusing and I think interesting that I wanted to do this - nearly all customers are "normals" on a day out with the family. At one station, Moga, that is basically in the middle of a field they said only one or two people use it a year.

I would suggest that you go early or late, because it will be busy and I don't know what capacity is with social distancing. I would go for the first train, which will be busy but I think it will thin out if you change at Marielund and go on to Faringe.

You've probably seen the timetable but here it is:

https://www.lennakatten.se/images/document/tidtabell/pdf/publik_tidtabell_2021.pdf

* In general, I have found Swedish preserved railways to resemble something like British ones were about 40 years ago. A simple, uncommercialised experience with limited running times and days and quite basic facilities. Cafes on the line with very basic offerings and the railway shops sell a few old postcards and ancient magazines.
 

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I've done it many times and it is a nice trip. Just note that if you are planning a trip this Sunday the steam locos are replaced by diesels due to fire hazard. Z6 and Z4 are scheduled on Sunday, and on Saturday the Tp (largest Swedish narrow gauge diesel) will be used.

Faringe is a small village with a handful of houses. Although if you have some time there, you can walk over to the roundhouse and have a look at the steam locos. Apart from Uppsala, Almunge is the biggest town along the line and as mentioned where you find Augusts värdshus: https://augustrestaurang.se . In Marielund there is a café.

If there is space, I can recommend one of there "summer coaches", without windows. (Interior: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lännakatten_sommarvagn_2015.jpg )
 

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I've done it many times and it is a nice trip. Just note that if you are planning a trip this Sunday the steam locos are replaced by diesels due to fire hazard. Z6 and Z4 are scheduled on Sunday, and on Saturday the Tp (largest Swedish narrow gauge diesel) will be used.

Faringe is a small village with a handful of houses. Although if you have some time there, you can walk over to the roundhouse and have a look at the steam locos. Apart from Uppsala, Almunge is the biggest town along the line and as mentioned where you find Augusts värdshus: https://augustrestaurang.se . In Marielund there is a café.

If there is space, I can recommend one of there "summer coaches", without windows. (Interior: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lännakatten_sommarvagn_2015.jpg )
Thank you JonasB, I'm sat in the open carriage as I write just departed Uppsala!
 

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What a pleasant way to spend a few hours. The trip to the roundhouse was brilliant and all the blokes inside were very accomodating.

Highly recommended, thanks again scarby & JonasB.
 

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Was the Z6 green diesel with yellow "whiskers" which hauled the first train out of Uppsala this morning, but this is not the very large Tp (3515) in the above linked photographs, which was outside the roundhouse.

Came back on a pair of railbuses (four coaches in total, two motors and two trailers).

The railbus with large doors was originally used for transporting fish.

Interestingly all the small Z4 & Z6 diesels and rail buses share the same straight-eight cylinder engine (Scania), but the Z6 differs as it is turbocharged.

A cloudless 28°C day helped too. :D
 
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