Lidingöbanan 9 - Kottla and Högberga

As we continue northward along Lidingöbanan, we come to Kottla, a single-track stop with an important bus interchange. The 201 bus runs from Kottla through an area called Hersby, to Lidingö centrum (shops and services as well as some housing), and then to Ropsten. For most of the day, the bus and train have timed interchange.

Kottla, station building

(23 August 2000)
The station building at Kottla.  You may notice that this building differs in style from the others on Lidingöbanan; it comes from the North Lidingö line and was originally at a stop called Kvarnen.  It was renovated during the autumn of 1995 and moved to Kottla the following winter.

Kottla, changing from train to bus

(23 August 2000)
Passengers changing from the train to the bus at Kottla.  This is a southbound train; the timed interchange for northbound trains is from bus to train.  The idea is for people who live along the eastern (timetable northern) part of Lidingöbanan, where there is no bus service, to easily be able to get to and from Lidingö centrum.
Notice also the conductor in the process of changing from one car to the other.

Kottla, road crossing

(23 August 2000)
The road crossing at Kottla.  The picture faces timetable north.  It's hard to see, but signal 47 is red because a southbound train is approaching.  Notice, though, that the "V" signal on the far side of the crossing is displaying a white aspect (clear indication).  The crossing gates are down.
The oval mirror at the upper left of the photo is used by drivers to see the entire platform, which is curved.  Below and to the right of the mirror, in the foreground, you see a locked metal box.  This box contains buttons that can be used to activate and deactivate the crossing gates, lights and bells.  For example, if the bus is late connecting to a northbound train and the train is to wait for the bus, the train driver can deactivate the crossing protection devices until the bus arrives, to avoid obstructing road traffic more than necessary.

Kottla, road crossing, southbound train approaching

(23 August 2000)
Same view as the previous photo, but the train is now approaching the crossing, and a car is waiting for the train to pass.

And here are some views of Högberga, the next station northward from Kottla.

Högberga, southbound train approaching for meet

(13 May 2001)
A meet at Högberga. Normally trains meet at Brevik, but in this case I had had a third car coupled to my train at Aga and was running a bit late, so I snapped this picture leaning out of my cab as the other train approached.

Högberga, southbound train stopped

(13 May 2001)
A southbound train stopping at Högberga.

Högberga, southbound train departing

(13 May 2001)
The southbound train departs Högberga. The platform on the right, between the tracks, is used by northbound trains for boarding and alighting. The left-hand platform here, with the station building, is used by southbound trains.

Högberga, view northward from center platform

(13 May 2001)
A view northward (toward Brevik) from the center platform at Högberga.

Högberga, station building

(13 May 2001)
A view of the station building at Högberga.

Högberga, station building and signal

(11 August 2002)
On 11 August 2002, Lidingöbanan was closed between Högberga and Gåshaga brygga in order for switches to be replaced at Brevik. Passengers wishing to travel beyond Högberga changed to a replacement bus service at Kottla. This photo shows the signal for southbound trains (to Ropsten) leaving Högberga, with the TAM sign displayed. TAM ("tåganmälan") is a procedure that requires drivers to obtain permission from Control before occupying the stretch of track where TAM is in effect. In this case, since the line is single-track between Högberga and Skärsätra, TAM was enforced over that part of the line.

Högberga, train terminated

(11 August 2002)
Another view from the same day. This train has terminated its northbound run at Högberga and is waiting for its southbound departure time.

Högberga, exit signal southbound

(11 August 2002)
A clearer view of the exit signal for southbound movements.

Högberga/Brevik, stop mark at pedestrian crossing

(11 August 2002)
From the same day. This view is looking timetable north, toward Brevik. The red circular sign marks the point past which train movement is not permitted unless by specific order from Control.

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