We set out to discover the mysteries of the Gunpowder Track by travelling through time and paths in the centre of the municipalities of Solna and Sundbyberg. Once used as routes for essential military supplies, but now it's a place for curious people like us to learn about its mysterious history.
Our exploration began in Ursvik, which gave us a taste of the adventure that lay ahead. After parking the car at a guess, we came across a map board. We followed the yellow marked track that delineated the way ahead, our curiosity peaked.
Our trip down the Gunpowder Track unintentionally exposed a distinctive fusion of the past and contemporary. The tracks, which had formerly been busy with trains transporting military supplies, were now home to horse riders and stables in addition to walkers, a peaceful coexistence of the past and present.
After following the trail, we came under a bridge with a history of its own. It had once been a military ammunition train track. We continued along the track above the bridge and after some distance it became very easy to climb that track. The track ran from the northern main line to Tygförvaltningen just north of Ulriksdal.
Though the original tracks had been removed long ago, our perseverance brought us to an exciting find at the trail's end. There was a platform with a sealed door leading to a mysterious hill. As we told stories to the children, who were fascinated by the mysterious atmosphere. This military bunker and facilities reflected the history of the place. We, including the kids, found this mysterious platform very attractive.
Today, the Gunpowder Track is a popular recreation area, however, few people know that these tracks laid the foundation for the Military Railroad.
We had a sense of awe and fulfilment at the end of our adventure. There was more to the Gunpowder Track than just gorgeous scenery and paths. It gave us a window into the past and served as a reminder that hidden beneath the surface of seemingly routine paths are amazing stories just waiting to be discovered.