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Drammen, in south-east Norway is a town with a population of about 55,000. The town lies in a fairly narrow valley on either side of the river which takes its name from the town, "Drammenselva". At the eastern end of the town, the river empties out into Drammensfjord, which is in turn connected to the open sea via Oslofjord.

Drammen is known for its ice-cream maker, Drammensis, and its brewery, Aass Bryggeri. Founded in 1834, it is Norway's oldest operative brewery. Drammen is also the place where most of the cars imported into Norway are disembarked. Perhaps Drammen's best known feature, Spiralen, can hardly be called a landmark. It is a road tunnel which spirals up though one of the hills on the north side of the town. The tunnel entrance is 20 metres above sea-level, and after 1650 metres driving and 6 full loops, the road emerges 213 metres above sea-level with splendid views over the town.

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A view of Drammen, looking south-east, taken from Bragernesåsen near the top of "Spiralen". On the other side of the river can be seen the railway sidings.

Most of the bus services in the Drammen area are operated by Drammen og Omegn Busslinjer AS. Until the latter part of 1999 the company was owned by 3 local boroughs (Drammen kommune, Nedre Eiker kommune and Lier kommune), and the county council (Buskerud Fylkeskommune). Due to problems financing the running of the company, the owners agreed in 1999 to sell. The owners received offers from 4 large bus concerns, the successful bidder being NSB Biltrafikk (now Nettbuss). At the time of the sale, Drammen og Omegn Busslinjer, known as DOB, had 180 employees. The company is still run as a separate entity within the Nettbuss concern with the buses bearing the "DOB" logo, but the red buses are gradually acquiring the Nettbuss blue livery.

Also to be seen in Drammen are buses from Nettbuss Buskerud, Nettbuss Vestfold, and Connex Buss AS on contract to Kollektivtrafikken i Vestfold. Not to be overlooked is Timekspressen, which is an hourly express coach serving Oslo, Drammen, Kongsberg and Notodden. It is operated by Øst-Telemark Automobilselskap. You can see pictures of the Timekspressen buses in service at their website.

Many thanks to Magne Jarle Ask for supplying some additional information on the Drammen pages.

Below is a selection of pictures taken in Drammen in June 2001.
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Heading east out of town is SR50644, a Volvo B10M with 3-door bus body by Arna (build number 4010), new in 1993. This bus is typical of DOB's purchases in the early 1990's. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture On the same road was UA19283, a Volvo B10B with Vest Liner bus body (build no. 1972). This bus was new to Nettbuss Buskerud in 1997.

Seen near the town-centre bearing an all-over advertisement is DOB's KF83276, a Volvo B10M with 3-door Vest V25 body, new in 1999. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture Seen in the town-centre is a visitor from the neighbouring county of Vestfold. Operated by Connex Buss AS on contract to Kollektivtrafikken i Vestfold is KF83122, a Volvo B10M with dual-purpose bodywork by Säffle of Sweden.

Approaching Bragernestorg is DOB's KF91823, a Volvo B10M with Vest V25 bodywork, new in 2000. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture In red livery is DOB's SR79227, a Volvo B10M with 3-door bus body by Arna (build no. 4365), new in 1996.

Seen on Bybrua, the town-centre bridge over Drammenselva, is DJ61033, a Scania with bodywork built in Denmark by DAB Silkeborg. The operator is Connex Buss AS on contract to Kollektivtrafikken i Vestfold. DAB was bought by Scania in 1994, and it was with the technology acquired with DAB that the Scania Omnicity bus was built on. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture On the approach to Bybrua from the south is KF79511, a DOB Volvo B10M with Vest V25 bodywork, new in 1998.


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