Avfart Nya Lapphyttan. Ref. 1
Road to New Lapphyttan. Ref. 1
Krylbo - Norberg railway KNJ
Pict from a visit at Lapphyttan 2009
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Within the area of Lapphyttan just outside Norberg along the old way to Fagersta, there is a small picture museum about how KNJ worked. In this place there is also an old station building. Futhermore an old railway cargo wagon from Atlas Works 1875. In order o get a key for the museum one must contact Myhrbergs Verkstadssallskap. This club is responsible for this museum and they also have activities in Myhrberg workshop which is built up here.
Krylbo - Norbergs (KNJ) railway seems to have been a company which took care of the railway and another train company was hired or KNJ let out (SWB) the railway. The company was established 1874. A new connection was build to Kärrgrufvan with 1435. Norbergs Railway, which used 1188 rail width could not be used. The line went also over Trättsbo and Snyten just as Norberg Railway did. Norberg changed 1876 to1435 and got a new location. SWB took also over the activities of Norberg Railway up to 1922. SWB was then the owner of NJ and the company was liquidated. Last train with KNJ was 1958. SJ bought these railways together with some other small railways 1944.
Links: Norbergs Jarnvag, Krylbo-Norbergs jarnvag, Krylbo station, Engelsberg-Norberg jarnvag
Info 1 om Lapphyttan. Ref. 1
Info Lappyttan 1. Ref. 1
Info 2 Lappyttan. Ref. 1
Info Lappyttan 2. Ref. 1
Förstlingen II föreviss på Eskilstuna marknaden 2008. Ref. 1
The first steamer built i Sweden has a connection with Norbergs Railway and Nora-Ervalla Railway. The steamer was built already 1853 but the Norberg rail was not ready until 1856. while Nora rail was ready 1863. The locomotiv was first delivered to Norberg and was ordered with 891 railwidth. Ref. 1
Beyer, Peacock lok från England. Ref. 1
KNJ bought there first two locos 1890. One of their locos where built in Enlgand here on visit at KNJ in Kärrgrufvan. This engine has a painted id KNJ for this opportunity. Such a locomotive can be seen at Swedish Railway museum in Gävle. Ref. 1
Beyer Peacock loket på Järnsvägsmuseet. Ref. 1
A picture of a Peacock loco at Railway museum in Gävle. Note the more simpel driver's cabin and wheel configuration. The first one from Peacock which came to Sweden got the name Prinz August. The double wheel drive had better traction than the single drive. Ref. 1
KNJ Stationshus som museibyggnad i Lapphyttan. Ref. 1
A picture of the small station building. Photo from 2017. Ref. 1
Den gamala stationen som är flyttad till Lapphyttan. Ref. 1
Detail of the old station building which is moved to this area. Ref. 1
 Info om stationshuset i Kärrgruvan. Ref. 1
Info about the station building from Kärrgrufvan. Only in Swedish. Ref. 1
 Kärrgruvans stationsområde. Ref. 1
The station configuration of Kärrgruvan. Ref. 1
 Kärrgruvans stationshus från 1906. Ref. 1
The main station house at Kärrgrufvan from 1906. Ref. 1
 Norbergs stationshus. Finns delvis kvar men i ombyggt skick. Ref. 1
The station house in Norberg. This is still in place although rebuilt and inside a car wheel shop. Ref. 1
 Godsvagn vid Lapphyttan tillhörig KNJ. Ref. 1
One KNJ railway cargo wagon is moved here. Standing on old time rail. See photo below. Ref. 1
 Godsvagnen tillverkad av Atlas om låg i Stockholm. Ref.1
This cargo wagon was produced at Ekenberghs works 1875 in Södetälje after it was bought by Wallenberg bank 1871. The production was then moved to Stockolm and named Atlas works.
 Det svår angripna fjäderpaketet. Ref. 1
One of the Surahammr produced wheels heavy investitured. Ref. 1
 Nivåritning över Krylbo Norbergs Bergslags JVG. Ref. 1
Level drawing over Krylbo Norbergs railway. Ref. 1
 Den typ av räslprofil som användes på den första smalspåriga järnvägen. Ref. 1
Rail profile which was used on the first narrow railwail building. Below a close up pic of the part which the KNJ wagon is placed on. Ref. 1
Rälsen svårt rostskadad. Ref. 1
May be used on the first NJ 1188 railway. Ref. 1
 Aktiebrev Krylbo Norbergs Järnväg AB. Ref. 1
A share for Krylbo Norbergs Railway AB. Ref. 1
 Locomotivstall Kärrgruvan. Ref. 1
Drawing of the loco stable at Kärrgrufvan. Ref. 1
Kärrgrufvan banområde. Ref. 1
The rail configuration at Kärrgrufvan. Ref. 1
Kallmora hållplats. Ref. 1
Kallmora train stop. Ref. 1
Stripåsens hållplats. Ref. 1
Stripåsen train stop. Ref. 1
Andersbenings station. Ref. 1
Andersbennings train station. Ref. 1

Links which are used to get facts for writing. (only in Swedish)
Norbergs Gruvjarnvag, Om Forstlingen 1, Fagersta C, Om Forstlingen 2, Fredrik Sundler, Harald Asplund, Hogfors Hyttruin, Forstlingen 3,
Snyten station, JVG Forum KNJ, Norbergs jvg, Krylbo station, Karrgruvan miljo, ENJ jvg, Norberg arkiv, JVG Forum Krylbo Norberg, KNJ 2,
Forstlingen 1853, Google Map Krylbo, Västanfors station, The book about Munktell's museum Eskiltuna. Forstlingen på Ekeby marknad 2008.

A story about railway buildings in Norberg. 

One can divide the buildings of railways from Norberg to Ängelsberg in several parts. It was decided to to use a railway system between Kärrgruvan and Ängelsbergs ore loading place. The Ängelsberg endstation was planned nearby the bathplace of today in Ängelsberg on the other side of the cove and today just opposite the current railwaystation.

I have visited the headland and search after remains but not found anything. This place was important to load ore over to lighters and used up to 1876, when railway changed to 1435 and rail southwords was built. The headland is called Framnäs,

The building of the railway from Kärrgrufvan became as time went on to go over Trättsbo - Högfors - Snyten -Ängelsberg.

It was the mine owner in Norberg which established Norberg Järnvägs AB as the economical basis for this project. They hired the entrepreneaur  Fredrik Sundler who was known having experience for such a work. He planned to order a locomotive to be used for transports during the progress of the builing. He ordered such a engine from Munktells in Eskiltuna 1848. This was the first locomotive for Munktells. They then build 31 different engines.

Theofron Munktell was the leader of the construction and Harald Asplund was the engineer. This engine was named Förstlingen in later times. The loco was ordered for a narrow width of 891 and was delivered 1853. The transport of it to Norberg took two months.

Norbergs Järnvägs AB was the buyer, through Fredrik Sundler, consisted of some leading persons in Norberg. But they did not ventured enough with working money in this project. Sundler was forced to make some changes which should make the building cheaper. The first test rail line was Kärrgruvan - Trättsbo. Two simplyfings were made.The first was to buy a cheaper rail. It was ordered from England. The second, which became a disaster, was to lay the ties along the rail. This made that the width could not be kept and the loco went off the rail.

Fredrik Sundler who came from Vårgårda accepted several comissions during 1850. This made of cours that other engineers had to handle the builing of the railway in Norberg. This may caused the bad finance. The payment of the loco was absent and may be also Sundler did not get his money. One can assume that it was a disagreements between Sundler and NJ. Before bankruptcy there was a local freeholder Henrik Dahlin in Norberg who took care of the work planning. But there is no information what he did. All this together made the company out of business and Sundler disappeared. He instead started to work for Nora Ervalla railway.

When Munktells was not paid they instead rebuilt the lengine to 1435 and sold it to Nora Ervalla and delivered it 1855. The second loco built became the Fryckstad engine and it was delivered 1856 to Värmland. This engine can be seen at Railway museum Gävle.

After the bankruptcy it seems that Norberg Railway AB got new money and the building went on properly. 1856 this railway was ready with the new rail width 1188 and also a new loco was delivered. This may be an engine of Fryckstad model. 1876 decision was taken to change the line to 1435, This part was now conected over KNJ and SWB.

One small investigation about railways Kärrgruvan - Snyten - Ängelsberg -  Krylbo - Tillberga - Surahammar - Kolbäck.

Kärrguvan - Norberg - Ängelsberg was built in two parts, started 1852. First part was a test building to Trättsbo and got the rail width of 891 mm. Because of bad financing and disagreements between NJ and Fredrik Sundler some incorrect desicions were made. One was how ties were incorporated in the rail line. The ties were laid along the rails. Förstlingen dif work only less than a year.
This made that NJ made bankruptcy 1853. Munktells re-claimed the engine and instead sold it to Nora Ervalla railway after a rebuilding of it to 1435 width. Behind this it is assumed that Fredrik Sundler had initiated this. In Norberg a new company was established with Norberg New Railway.

This company changed rail width to 1188 and a heavier rail, according their new concession. Now the first part was built upt to Trättsbo and continued to Ängelsberg where the line ended at ore loading place on the headland of Framnäs. The line was ready 1856.

Two new stations were conspired on the way as Snyten and Högfors before Ängelsberg. Two engines came to NJ. One was a copy of Fryckstad loco and got the name Norberg. The other of a not know model got the name Åmänningen. Both had double wheel drives. This line was kept tuntil 1876 when it was reubilt to 1435 and partly a new location of the line.

From Kärrguvan was a side line during late 1990 up to a quarry, where also macadam was produced. This stone filling was used for railway banks. If one follow this line it is striking that a train can go there because the elevation. Certainly without cargo. Here there is also a small air field.

Sidospår från Kärrgrufvan till Klackberg. Ref. 1The need for a connection to Klackberg mine and Spännarhyttan arose as side lines between 1907 - 1919.



When tha main railways in Swden were decided and one was laid south of Mälaren Lake by Nils Ericsson. Because of this several needs arose of railways connections north Mälaren Lake. One was the line Kärrgruvan - KNJ 2 stored in Nora veteran stable. Ref. 1Krylbo. This rail line was planned to go over Snyten and there change direction to north towards Stripåsen - Kallbäck - Anders-Benning and Krylbo. This line was opened 1874. Here a conection with the Swedish North Main Line from Stockholm was established. As KNJ didn't buy any engine until 1890-91, when two locos were bought. They got the names Bjurfors and Casimit Petr. The Bjurfors engine can be seen at Nora veteran rail. Up to this year SWB was hired to handle the tranports. 1958 the last offical train was presented in the name of KNJ.

Snyten became an important connection station. Here trians could change direction for Karbenning and Krylbo or Fagersta. One rail connection from Ängelsbeg direct to Västanfors was later built 1900. I call it the south connection. Rail toward Västanfors Fagersta was not ready until 1910. Snyten took also a connection for Norbeg. This was used by KNJ. On the whole that KNJ ever started 1874 must have depended on that NJ used the width 1888 and didn't get 1435 until 1876. Therefore KNJ got another building from Kärrgruvan. The Swedeish North main Line had connection startion Krylbo and had just 1435 width.

Now what was left to build was connection south Ängelsberg to Ramnäs. This part became ready 1876 with 1435 and connected to Tillberga with SWB and Stockholm Västerås Bergslagen Railway. Now Virsbo and Seglingsberg got train stop possibilities. Ready 1899. Left was now connection from Ramnäs to Surahammar and Kolbäck where the SWB line Västerås and Köping went. This part was ready 1910.

This little investigation was calculated to be rather short, but as always everything don't end as planned.

Below collected pictures from the KNJ pcture museum.

Stationsinspektör Ref. 1
Steam engineer Per F. Lindqvist. Ref. 1
Lokförare Landqvist. Ref. 1
Steam engineer Waldemar Landqvist. Ref. 1
Kärrgrufvans personal. Ref. 1
The personal of Kärrgrufvan. Ref. 1
Trafikchefen vid KNJ. Ref. 1
Traffic leader at KNJ. Ref. 1
Infart till Krylbo stationsområde. Ref. 1
Approch line to Krylbo station area. Ref. 1
Sexkopplat tanklok i Krylbo. Ref. 1
 Six connected tank engine in Krylbo. Ref. 1
Ved för att elda loket. Ref. 1
Firewood for engine are taken along the line during war. Ref. 1
Lokstallet i Krylbo. Ref. 1
 Krylbo engine stable, Ref. 1
Personal i Krylbo. Ref. 1
 Personal in Krylbo. Ref. 1
Banläggning. Ref. 1
Rail building. Ref. 1
Personal och lokstallet i Krylbo. Ref. 1
 Personal and engine stable in Krylbo. Ref. 1
Lok i lokstallet. Notera vedtraven. Ref. 1
Engine in Krylbo stable. Note the firewood. Ref. 1
Sexkopplat tanklok på väg från Krylbo. Ref. 1
 Six conected tank engine way out from Krylbo. Ref. 1
Banvaktare i Kallmora. Ref. 1
Clearing the train at Kallmora train stop. Ref. 1
Banvaktare vid hållplats. Ref. 1
 Clearing the train at Stripåsens train stop. Ref. 1
Vinterbild. Rf. 1
 Winter picture. Ref. 1
Typisk malmvagn från Södertälje Verkstäder. Ref. 1
Typical ore wagon from Södertälje Works. Ref. 1
Dotter Anna postar tåget. Ref. 1
 The daughter Anna is clearing the train. Ref. 1
Stationsfamiljen. Ref. 1
Stationfamily. Ref. 1 
KNJ tanklok. Ref. 1
KNJ tank engine built ith front steam cylinder. Ref. 1
Transportvagn. Ref. 1
 Transport wagon. Ref. 1
Sexaxlat tanklok med ångcylinder under loket. Ref. 1
Six connected engine with front steam cylinder. Ref. 1
Lokeldare. Ref. 1
 Fire man working. There were difference between steam engineer and fireman. Ref. 1
Kolfyllning i Krylbo. Ref. 1
Coal is filled up in Krylbo. Ref. 1 
KNJ personvagn. Ref. 1
 KNJ Private wagon. Ref. 1
Sexaxlat lok med ångsylinder underloket. Ref. 1
Six conected engine with steam cylinder inside. Ref. 1
Sexaxlatlok med frontliggande ångcylinder. Ref. 1
 Six conncted engine with front mounted steam cylinder. Ref. 1
Demonterade vagnskorgar i Kärrgrufvan. Ref. 1
Demounted private wagons in Kärrgruvan. Ref. 1
KNJ vagnar lagrade vid Kärrgrufvan. Ref. 1
 Private wagons stored at Kärrgrufvan. Ref. 1
Demonterade KNJ vagnskorgar vid Kärrgrufvan. Ref. 1
Detail of personal wagons in Kärrgruvan. Ref. 1
Tidens förfall. Ref. 1
Future decay. Ref. 1
Tidens förfall. Ref. 1
Future decay. Ref. 1
Tidens förfall. Ref. 1
Future decay. Ref. 1 
Sista tåget i Kallmora. Ref. 1
 Last train in Kallmora 1958. Ref. 1
Sista tåget i Kallmora. Ref. 1
 Last train in Kallmora. Ref. 1


Below papers texts from KNJ. Only in Swedish.
 
Bild 20090928_058
No link.
KNJ picture museum. Ref. 1
   Picture 20090928_059, 60. Ref. 1
Specificatiom from producer of personel wagons.
Link for swedish text
20090928-073A. Taxeuppgifter. Ref. 1
 Picture 20090928-073A
Ticket info cost.
Link for swedish text
20090928_072
 20090928_072  Text from Norberg paper
Link for swedish text
20080510_0077 Jarnvagstation. Ref. 1
 20080510_0077 Railway station
Link for swedish text

 

Below more pictures fron KNJ exhibition museum.

Lokpersonal i samspråk. Ref. 1
Steam personel. Ref. 1
Lok för sista gången i Krylbo. Ref. 1
The engine KNJ 2 Bjurfors delivered 1891 and last drive 1958. Now stored at Nora Veteran stable. Ref. 1
Förslag till sexaclat tanklok. Ref. 1
Proposal for a six conected tank engine. Ref. 1
Tillverkare av tankloket. Ref. 1
Producer of tank engine. Ref. 1
Data för tankloket. Ref. 1
Data for tank engine. Ref. 1
KNJ livstid. Köptes dock 1922 av SWB och övergick i SWB. Ref. 1
The lifetime of KNJ. Ref. 1

Drift rapport vi Krylbo Norbergs järnväg. Ref. 1
Working report at Krylbo Norberg railway stations. Ref. 1

 

 

 

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