The next stop on our trip through Europe is Copenhagen. The capital of Denmark has about 638,117 citizens and is located on the two islands of Zealand and Amager near the coast. The royal family resides in Amalienborg Palace. Copenhagen is also known for the colorful houses at Nyhavn harbor as well as the Tivoli amusement park and the famous statue of the "Little Mermaid".
DSB operates in Denmark. The railway company does not operate any traffic of goods, but does operate the most important routes for passenger traffic.
At the DSB, the locomotives receive their series designation in the form of letters, followed by a vehicle number - both together make up the company number. Of course, the letters of the alphabet are not enough, so that the names of the discarded series are reused. However, the same vehicle numbers are never used as before
Bridges in Denmark
Nobody else has mastered the art of bridge building as well as the Danes. Three of the longest, combined road and rail bridges in Europe can be found here:
- Storstrømsbroen was built in 1937 and is 3199 meters long
- Storebæltsbroen was built in 1998 and is 6611 meters long
- Öresundbrücke was built in 2000 and is 7845 meters long
The Storebæltsbroen is a bridge train consisting of two prestressed concrete box girder bridges and a suspension bridge. This is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world - its span is 1624 meters. The impressive construction connects the Danish islands of Funen and Zealand via a toll motorway and a rail link.
Funeral trains from the DSB
The royal family is also closely linked to the rail traffic in their country. For example, deceased members of the royal family are transported to the cathedral in Roskilde in special trains operated by the DSB. This is the traditional burial place of the Danish royal family.
The funeral trains were formed in the 20th century from the current royal saloon car, some passenger carriages for staff. They invited mourners and the hearse.
First boxcars were only used for the funeral purpose, which were covered with black cloth and decorated with dignity. Later, however, appropriately equipped wagons were available it as well.
6 facts about Denmark
- The last Danish shunting horse was replaced in 1958.
- The Danish Odense is the hometown of the author Hans Christian Andersen.
- In Denmark every type of vehicle is given a nickname.
- Denmark is home to the oldest amusement park in the world.
- Bluethooth was a Danish king.
- Padborg is the last Danish train station before the German border.
Railway Museum Denmark
Denmark's Jernbane Museum is a must for rail enthusiast who visit Denmark. Dedicated railway workers secured the receipt of important exhibits and documents as early as the 19th century.
In the meantime much has happened: locomotives and wagons are exhibited on 19 tracks, there is a workshop, a gallery and an outdoor area of 20,000 m².
Changing special exhibitions, days of action with live operation and the constantly growing collection invite you to repeat visits. In addition to the main topic “DSB”, the own world of Danish private railways will also be presented.
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A beautiful country like Denmark should of course not be missing the miniture wonderland in Hamburg . In the large part of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark impresses with beautiful models of Egeskov Castle on the island of Funen and the large Padborg train station.
The Storebælt Bridge (described above) seems even more impressive in its miniature version.
Denmark in MSL
Do you fancy a bit of Scandinavian flair on your local model railroad? At MSL you get your highlights delivered quickly and easily.
you can also get goods on wheels from DSB in our store - Modellbahnshop-Lippe