The Thamshavn Railway was constructed to carry cuprous pyrite ore from the Løkken Mines. When opened in 1908, it was Norway’s first electrical railway.
At present Thamshavn Railway is the world’s oldest alternatingcurent- powered railway. From the beginning the Thamshavn Railway was carrying passengers, and the passenger trains continued moving until 1963, when the bus system took over. In 1974 when the Løkken mine production was reorganised, the pyriteore trains were also taken out of use.