A closer view of the Øresund Bridge at night, focusing on the lower level - the trough with the railway inside the steel girders carrying the upper motorway deck. This railway line totals 34km (21mi) of double tracks built for a maximum speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) and ties the Swedish and the Danish railway systems together.
When opened in July 2000, this was the fifth*) railway line to cross a Swedish border. All four previous crossings are at the border to Norway – at that time a Norwegian/Swedish union border and today a EU/non-EU border – and built to fit together. But this one is a connection between two existing railway systems and it was most certainly not a 'plug-and-play'.
Denmark has right hand traffic running on 25 kV at 50 Hz, while Sweden has left hand traffic running on 15 kV at 16 ⅔ Hz - and both the interlocking and the ATC systems differ. The border between the two systems is placed near the tunnel at Pepparholm on the Danish side, but the whole line is working under Danish ATC system. Trains must be able to run on both electrical systems and they run – actually all the way to Malmö Central Station – in right hand traffic.
During this photo session I moved toward the abutment on the Swedish side and when I came close, I was met by three police detectives showing me their badges. It turned out some young people had set up a stage for a rave party under the bridge and the policemen were there to keep an eye on them.
They didn't mind me taking some photos and as it was almost midnight on a Saturday night I felt secure in their presence. So with the techno/house music beating, the laser and stroboscope lights pounding and an Øresund train roaring above my head every ten minutes I took my shots.
This was an astonishing once-in-a-lifetime experience!
*) Edit: This is actually the sixth railway line to cross a Swedish border, as I've recently found out that there's a 4 km (2.5 mile) railway line across the Swedish - Finnish border between Haparanda and Tornio which was built in 1919. This line uses a four-rail dual gauge combining the Swedish/European 1.435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) and the Finnish/Russian 1.524 mm (5 ft) tracks and is only used by freight trains.
Image cropped, ran autolevels with faded to 30%, increased saturation +10, reduced in yellow –20 and compensated lightness +20, ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened, framed and saved for Web.
Actual shutter speed was 16 seconds.
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ChristianS (2997) 2005-06-25 4:54
Hi Kaj, this photo is a nice addition to your previous bridge nightshot post. the composition is nice letting the eye follow the lights all the distance to Copenhagen. In sone sections it is difficult to see the bridge, but due to the presence of the lights and the knowledge that the bridge is out there one can almost get a sense of feeling it. I like the reflections on the water created by the lamps and I can even discern some shadow reflection from the bridge. Nice done!
Porteplume (3458) 2005-06-25 6:54
Bonjour Kaj, what a stunning and well composed picture!
The night adds a lot of mystery to this very moody shot. It makes me return to your beautiful country right away... Especially now we are really "boiling" those last days! How is the weather in Skåne?
I hope you will let us see where you've stand to take the shot once. Maybe next year.
Amitiés from Zeeland - Viviane
pamastro (7290) 2005-06-25 22:16
Sounds like a great time to have been down at the bridge. I really like this point of view closer to the abutment than the previous. It really streaks out at high speed from the left side giving the train speed a visual counterpart. The line of lights along the bridge is very nicely rendered and really helps with the perspective. The smooth water, from the long exposure, also adds to the speed and sleekness of the shot. I really like this one. It really captures speed.
And what a mess that must have been for the engineers to work out the different systems. Luckily your encounter with the police was harmless. When I took last Ambassador Bridge shot with the ship at night I left only seconds before Border Patrol showed up in the park right where I had been. I know they wouldn't have been so kind if they had found me since things are getting more and more strict here.
maphoto (8082) 2005-06-26 21:51
Great to see a picture from you again Kaj, the ligh and clearness is remarquable here, the angle to present the bridge perfect. I also like this nice dark blue tones, well seen and thanks for sharing.
orme (7219) 2005-06-28 3:23
Good shot, Kaj, with an excellent note. Taking a photo with three policemen and techno/house music pounding in your ears, definitely makes this one a "once-in-a-lifetime" shot. I like the way the lights reflect on the 'sandy' shoreline. And I agree with Pierre - the "dark blue tones" are really beautiful. Well seen.
dorte_s_t (2287) 2007-01-24 13:28
Hi , Kaj .
Beautiful photo with the powerful combination of orange , black and deep blue setting the background for the illuminated bridge with lampposts like pearl on a necklace !
Very impressive indeed !
Very interesting and informative note !
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2440)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-05-28
- Categories: Transportation, Event
- Camera: Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus 6.3-63mm f/2.8-3.7, JPEG ISO 50
- Exposure: f/4.5, 15 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Øresundsbron, In the middle of the night... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-24 23:37