Today, there are no trains stopping in Bollstabruk. The closest train station is 11 km south, in Kramfors. If you arrive to, or leave from The Höga Kusten Airport, there’s a station in connection to the airport at Västeraspby, 12 km north. That is, Bollstabruk is the cultural hub in the middle.
Yes, we are a group of endangered species with roots back to 600 A.C. and with an enormous amount of potential. Yes, please. We want a train station.
Since 600 A.C. our population has changed as well as our lifestyle. We travel longer distances and at a faster speed. There’s been migration and depopulation over the years. However, during the last decade the International Community of Bollstabruk has grown. Our global citizens live here all year around or during the summer months. What can I say? It’s just a great place to be, with lots of space, beautiful surroundings, relaxing atmosphere and housing for almost free.
However, even endangered species mutate. Nowadays we need to travel in and out of Bollstabruk, to work, to get to the airport, out into the world and back again. We urgently need to leave our cars at home to gain environmental, economic and safety advantages. Driving during the dark and cold winter months with ice, snow and animals is quite a dangerous game. Think of it. We wouldn’t be bothering the moose, deers and truck drivers. They could have the roads all to themselves and I can think of lots of fun stuff to do while on the train.
And the best of all: the train would have to slow down and stop in Bollstabruk and everyone would say:
”Wow! Do these places still exist?”
And then the poor people that bought a ticket elswhere, would admire the yellow church, the former Lutheran Chapel (more photos on www.flickr.com/bollstabruk) and wonder what it’s used for. As I would just happen to be on the train, I would say:
”That’s where we have all the parties with music and dancing, yoga, expositions, lectures, whiskey tasting, fashion shows, BBQs or whatever the good people of Bollstabruk and visitors would like to do.”
The wonderful news is that a Council meeting was held by the Municipality of Kramfors on 4 November 2013 where a petition regarding a train station in Bollstabruk was discussed. The politicians behind the petition, Clyde and his partner (I wonder if that would be Bonnie?) managed to get their petition accepted. The Development Secretariat of the Municipality of Kramfors was then instructed to contact the Swedish Transport Administration on the matter. I’m looking forward to further positive news.
Way to go Clyde and partner! Pull this off and you’ll have a crowd cheering in Bollstabruk and globally. Future generations will cheer as well.
Related links – in Swedish only
- News on Radio P4 Västernorrland: Bollstabruk vill ha en tågstation
- Kramfors Municipality, minutes from the meeting on 4 November 2013: Kramfors Kommun sammanträdesprotokoll 2013-11-04