zyu Route 45.
101 Kil. Sbrby. The highest point on the line is Markakyrka
114 Kil. Falkoping-«an(en(706ft.;*Ba«. Rest, B. or S. li/4kr.;
Ranten's Hot, at the station, good) is the junction for Jonkoping
and Nassjo (R. 46), and for Landeryd (p. 276). Falkbping, with
4060 inhab., lies 1 Kil. to the S., and is itself a station on the
other two lines only. Near Ranten, 1 Kil. N., rises the plateau of
the Mbsseberg ('cap hill'; 1070 ft.), with a sanatorium on its slope.
This hill and the Alleberg resemble the Kinnekulle (p. 287) in
formation. Tower at the top (50 6.).
129 Kil. Stenstorp, junction of two branch-lines.
From Stenstorp to Hjo, 39 Kil., express in 17s hr. — 10 Kil. Svensbro;
branch to Tidaholm, with the largest match-factory in Europe, Vartofla
(p. 293), and Asarp (p. 276; 48 Kil.). — Hjo (Stads-KUllare; Hot. Royal;
pop. 2020) lies on Lake Vettern, in a district known as Guldkroken ('golden
corner'). Steamboats to Grenna, Motala, and Hastholmen (comp. p. 293).
From Stenstorp to Lidkoping, 50 Kil., railway in 27s 3 hrs. — The
train crosses the Brunnemsberg, between the Hornborgasjb (394 ft.) and the
Billing. 20 Kil. Axvall, with a large drilling-ground. Branch-line by
(5 Kil.) Yarnhem, with an interesting old Cistercian church of 1250, con¬
taining tombs of the Counts de la Gardie of the 17th cent., to Skofde (see
below; 21 Kil.).
28 Kil. Skara (Stads-Hot.; pop. 5200) was once a famous episcopal town
with six churches. The Gothic "Cathedral, consecrated by Bishop Odgrim
in 1151, and restored in 1836-91, contains the marble sarcophagus of Erik
Soop, the cavalry officer who saved the life of Gustavus Adolphus at the
battle of Stuhm fin W. Prussia) in 1629. — Skara is also a station on
the line from Gossater to Gotenburg (comp. p. 283).
50 Kil. LidkSping, see p. 287.
139 Kil. Skultorp. Skilfully engineeredline. Fine view to the E.
145 Kil. Skofde (459 ft.; Hot. Billingen, good), an old town with
6040 inhab., at the foot of the Billingen. Branch-lines to Karlsborg
(44 Kil.; 1-2 hrs.; p. 289) and to Axvall (see above).
167 Kil. Tidan. To the left, a view of Lake Osten and the fertile
plain of Vadsbo. 171 Kil. Moholm, junction of a branch by Marie-
stad and Forshem to Gossater (see p. 287).
At (184 Kil.) Tbreboda we cross the Gota Canal (p. 288). The
wooded Tiveden was the scene in the 12th cent, of the conflicts
between the rival kings Sverker and Erik Jedvardsson (p. xliv).
198 Kil. Elgaras ; 215 Kil. Finnerbdja. To the left, the Skagern-Sjb
(227 ft.). Then, on the right, the lake and village of Bodarne.
229 Kil. Laxa, (Rail. Rest.; Jernvags-Hot). The line to Char¬
lottenberg and Christiania diverges here to the left (R. 49). Near
Laxo is Porta Helsobrunn (p. 301), a small watering-place. —
244 Kil. Vretstorp; to the N. rises the Kilsberg.
259 Kil. Hallsberg (174 ft.; Jernvags-Hot.; *Rail. Rest),
junction of the Mjolby and Orebro line (see p. 298).
We soon obtain a fine view of the plain of Nerike. 272 Kil. Pals-
boda, junction of a branch-line to Norrkoping and Orebro (p. 301);
284 Kil. Kilsmo, on the N. bank of Lake Sottern; 303 Kil. Vingaker,