|Opened||18 December 1925|
|Line length||16 km (9.9 mi)|
|Number of tracks||1|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Operating speed||80 kilometres per hour (50 mph)|
The Hirtshals Line or Hirtshals Railway (Danish: Hirtshalsbanen) is a 16.1 km (10.0 mi) long standard gauge single track railway line between Hjørring and Hirtshals, Denmark. The railway links the fishing and ferry port of Hirtshals with the Danish rail network.
The railway line opened in 1925. It is currently owned and operated by the railway company Nordjyske Jernbaner (NJ) which runs frequent local train services from Hirtshals station to Hjørring station with onward connections by DSB to the rest of Denmark.
In 1915, the Danish Parliament agreed to build a new railway line between Hjørring and Aalbæk station on the Skagen Line with a possible branch line from Vellingshøj to Hirtshals. The main line to Aalbæk was never constructed however, but the branch line to Hirtshals was built instead. Construction started in April 1924, and the railway was opened on 18 December the following year.
From the start, the railway line was operated together with the Hjørring-Løkken-Aabybro Line and the Hjørring-Hørby Line in the joint operating company Hjørring Privatbaner (HP).
In 2001, the operating company Hjørring Privatbaner A/S merged with Skagensbanen A/S (SB) to form the railway company Nordjyske Jernbaner. Headquartered in Hjørring, the company is now responsible for running the Hjørring–Hirtshals and Frederikshavn–Skagen lines.
- Hjørring station
- Kvægtorvet halt
- Teglgårdsvej halt
- Herregårdsparken halt
- Vellingshøj station
- Vidstrup station
- Sønderby halt
- Tornby station
- Horne station
- Emmersbæk halt
- Lilleheden halt
- Hirtshals station
- Color Line halt - between Lilleheden halt and Hirtshals station
- Raundrup halt - between Horne station and Tornby station
- Langholm - between Vellingshøj station and Vidstrup station
- Gregersen, A. (1965). Hirtshalsbanen. 1925 - 19. december - 1965 (PDF) (in Danish). Jernbanehistorisk Selskab.
- Thomassen, P. (1975). Hirtshalsbanen gennem 50 år. 1925 - 19. december - 1975 (in Danish). Bestyrelsen for Hirtshalsbanen.
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