The King and Minister for Communications and Regional Policy Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd arrive in Hallsberg. Photo: Oskar Eklind/Örebro County Administrative Board
On Thursday 27 September, The King visited Hallsberg to mark the 150th anniversary of the Western Main Line.
The King arrived in Hallsberg by train, and was welcomed by County Governor Rose-Marie Frebran, County Director Kjell Unevik and Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board Thomas Doxryd. The King was given a tour of the control tower at the shunting yard, where he learnt about shunting and routing. The King then attended an event to mark the 150th anniversary of the Western Main Line on Hallsberg's town square. The Skyllberg Choir and Kävesta Folk High School provided musical entertainment. In his speech, The King said: "Hallsberg is where the railways between Oslo, Gothenburg and Stockholm meet. The railway is our most environmentally friendly form of transport. It is therefore in everyone's interests that people are able to use trains for commuting, business travel, tourism and freight to a greater extent." The King concluded his visit to Hallsberg by attending a seminar on the subject "The great train meeting in Hallsberg" at Allé School. The seminar aimed to examine the future opportunities for the railway from a Nordic perspective, focusing on the importance of Hallsberg and the region.