Murmansk–Nikel Railway

Murmansk–Nikel Railway
Type Railway
System Russian Railways
Termini Murmansk
Stations 11
Opened 1936
Owner Russian Railways
Operator(s) Russian Railways
Character Freight
Line length 206 km
Track gauge 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in)
Electrification No
Operating speed 40 km/h

The Murmansk–Nikel Railway is a 206 km long railway between Murmansk and Nikel in Murmansk Oblast, Russia, primarily for freight from the nickel mine at Nikel, with the passenger service east of Kola currently suspended. The railway was completed in 1968 and is not electrified. A part was built 1936.[1] In 1961 the line Kola - Pechenga was opened and in 1968 to Nikel.

Proposed expansion

The Norwegian Kirkenes World Port Group consortium has proposed connecting the Kirkenes–Bjørnevatn Line mining railway to the Murmansk–Nikel Railway at Zapolyarny, linking the Russian rail network to the Norwegian port of Kirkenes, to reduce port congestion at Murmansk. So far the Russians prefer using their own port, which has also been expanded.


  1. Kirkenes Word Port Group. "Kirkenes Havn og Jernbanetilknytning" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2007-04-04.
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