The Railway town



















Intro

When the railway opened in 1871, the crossing at Skanderborgvej became the natural traffic hub -- and it was from here that the town spread.

The town's first generation houses were low and humble workmans’ dwellings were built along the existing roads. You can still faintly see the pattern at Bodalsvej facing the station and at Fredensvej along the track on the opposite side of Skanderborgvej. The houses closest to the railway crossing and along Skanderborgvej and Klostervej grew larger and became the town's second generation houses. They had two floors with shops on the streetfront, with apartments on the first floor and workshops in the backyard. Later, they were extended with additional floors and towers and turrets, so the settlement began to resemble a town around the railway crossing and the station. You can see this particularly in the finely decorated houses, which today are located around the crossing. Along the lakes and on sites having fine views, villas began to shoot up in the 1940s and 1950s. Then came the single-family houses with gardens, and today the old centre of the town is completely surrounded by them. New companies were established outside the town as well as in the area around Siim Mose (Siim Marsh). Thus, as time passed, the old village of Siim became surrounded by sports facilities, institutions and commercial buildings. The latest addition is Kildebjerg Ry, which is characteristic of the modern information and recreation society, with its mixture of residential, commercial and leisure facilities.