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Old July 7th, 2014, 02:03 PM   #221
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This may be an aspect of being a new private entrant in an established market. Bright colours make you more visible. MTR isn't quite that distinctive in other markets.

Take the Italo in Italy:



Or RegioJet in the Czech Republic and Slovakia:



Anyway, MTR has managed to be distictive and distinguished. It should be a welcome sight when arriving a gray, snowy winter day somewhere in Sweden.
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Plus I can verify that MTR have excellent customer service. I had a complaint about the staff in the tunnelbana - and was completely ignored by Swedish staff. So what did I do? I contacted the parent company in Hong Kong. They phoned me the next day and have provided me with updates as to how the case is being dealt with. It's good to have a company in Sweden that actually focuses on customer service.

So yes, any problems with MTR - contact the Hong Kong office as Hong Kong truly knows what customer service is. More operators like that are more than welcome here in Sweden in my mind.
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Old July 8th, 2014, 12:05 AM   #223
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Sweco will reconstruct the most trafficked railway section in Sweden - Getingmidjan (railway between Stockholms central and Stockholm södra stations). The work should start in 2018 (when Citybanan is functional) and continue until the year 2021. It is vital to renew this railway section as the period of exploitation is nearing the end (the infrastructure was used since 1950).

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Old July 8th, 2014, 04:11 PM   #224
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Sweco will reconstruct the most trafficked railway section in Sweden - Getingmidjan (railway between Stockholms central and Stockholm södra stations). The work should start in 2018 (when Citybanan is functional) and continue until the year 2021. It is vital to renew this railway section as the period of exploitation is nearing the end (the infrastructure was used since 1950).
This is good news But I need explaination on map - how will rail services look like after 2021?
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I don't have a map, but...

The main change happens already in 2017 when the Pendeltåg trains will start using Citybanan i.e. new tracks in a new tunnel going from Södra Station to Tomteboda (railyards, not a station) with a new station at Odenplan and a new station called City that will basically be the same as Centralen just a block to the east and many levels down.
This change will mean about half the trains (or is it a bit more?) passing Centralen every day will be moved to Citybanan! Excellent opportunity to replace old bridges and hopefully also re-do the whole track layout of the Centralen station itself as well.

The Pendeltåg services will start improving quickly in 2017. The other services will have to wait til all the renovations and such of the old infrastructure is complete, but once that is done things should start running far smoother and more frequent services are finally possible.

In short it is like a cross-rail for Stockholm ('cept we already have through-tracks, but those are maxed out during rush hour with NO room for any hick-ups).
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Well if Citybanan rail project is to take over most cross-city commuter rail services, what about Karlberg station? Will it remain opened after project is completed?
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Well if Citybanan rail project is to take over most cross-city commuter rail services, what about Karlberg station? Will it remain opened after project is completed?
I believe it is scheduled to close as it will be redundant. Only pendeltåg trains stop there at present.
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Sweco will reconstruct the most trafficked railway section in Sweden - Getingmidjan (railway between Stockholms central and Stockholm södra stations). The work should start in 2018 (when Citybanan is functional) and continue until the year 2021. It is vital to renew this railway section as the period of exploitation is nearing the end (the infrastructure was used since 1950).
But, pedantically speaking, though the current infrastructure is from 1950, the Wasp Waist is older. It will be 150 years old in 2021, when this renovation project is supposed to be finished.
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Well if Citybanan rail project is to take over most cross-city commuter rail services, what about Karlberg station? Will it remain opened after project is completed?
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I believe it is scheduled to close as it will be redundant. Only pendeltåg trains stop there at present.
That's how I remember it too. The station will no longer be in use but will not be dismantled afaik and could thus serve as a backup station for trains coming from the north should Centralen have issues (or if it is being renovated) or possible in the future we might see some of the regional trains use it.
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SJ plans to expand route Stockholm-Oslo with quicker trains with less stops.

SJ planerar snabbtåg till Oslo

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SJ har planer på att börja köra snabbtåg mellan Stockholm och Oslo, från och med augusti 2015. Det framgår av ett förslag som SJ lämnat till Trafikverket, enligt SVT Värmlandsnytt. Med snabbtåg skulle det ta cirka 4,5 timmar att åka tåg mellan städerna jämfört med de omkring sex timmar det tar i dag.

Förutsättningen är att några stationer offras längs med vägen. Bland annat kan invånarna i Kristinehamn och Arvika få sämre pendlingsmöjligheter.
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It would have been interesting in the case they planed a HSR line between Oslo and Stockholm. However, it doesn't seem to be so. A train with a substandard "high" speed (in comparison to the major European markets) is barely a solution.
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I don't quite get how that would be acomplished. Dropping a few stations along the way saves 1.5 hours?
I took that train (i.e. Stockholm-Oslo) a few years ago to get to a SSC meet-up in Oslo. Old train running on old winding tracks. I long for the day the three main HSR-routes in Scandinavia/Sweden are built and a Stockholm-Oslo line can get some serious upgrades.
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Indeed. Stockholm-Oslo line needs to be upgraded first. However, only a true HSR would make it more attractive for the majority of people who choose to fly between these cities nowadays. Again, this may be the major reason, why the railway line is not in a good shape (there's no big priority or demand for upgrading it).
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The line connecting the two capitals is probably around priority 4-6 both in Sweden and Norway, so there isn't much hope for improvements except this. The existing couple trains are among the oldest SJ got (they are fine, a reminder of times bygone), so a little modernisation might help.

The track isn't as miserable as Oslo-Gothenburg, but still not in a good shape. The train Stockholm-Karlstad takes about 2:40 (and still stops in Kristinehamn), and geographically Karlstad is almost there on the way to Oslo, but the border and Norwegian region is slow. Part of the reason is the detour, Arvika is far enough out of the way, but then the train goes to Kongsvinger before turning south and actually move in the direction of Oslo. Furthermore this line is of relatively low regional and commute priority.

If the line instead had gone Årjäng-Askim-Ski it would connect to the most modern part of the Norwegian rail network, kind of the Norwegian "Citybanan". Oslo-Gothenburg would go along this line. This would shave off dramatically the time used Karlstad-Oslo (if going all-out HSR Karlstad would be in daily commute distance to Oslo, not quite Malmö-Copenhagen, but still).

Now, this is not going to happen, but until then travellers would rather opt for Norwegian or SAS. That said, old and slow as it is, the train Oslo-Stockholm is kind of comfortable. I do miss WiFi, and most travellers probably wouldn't have 4G for both Norway and Sweden.
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It would have been interesting in the case they planed a HSR line between Oslo and Stockholm. However, it doesn't seem to be so. A train with a substandard "high" speed (in comparison to the major European markets) is barely a solution.
4,5 hours isn't bad. That ought to attract some people already.
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Old July 17th, 2014, 10:22 PM   #236
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MTR Express in Sweden: trains

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"MTR Express" uploaded a the first picture of the Swedish "Stadler Flirt" train the series of which are constructed in the "Stadler" factory in Switzerland:


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Source: MTR Exress on Instagram
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From Rail Journal:

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Australian and Chinese investors acquire Arlanda Express
Monday, August 04, 2014



A-TRAIN, the company which operates the rail link to Stockholm's Arlanda airport and runs the Arlanda Express service has been sold by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund (MEIF) to Portare Acquisition, an international consortium of investors, for an undisclosed sum

Portare comprises Australian pension funds STC Pooled Fund (37.5%) and Sunsuper (25%) and China's government-owned State Administration of Foreign Exchange (37.5%), which manages foreign investments on behalf of China's central bank.

The change in ownership has been approved by Arlandabanan Infrastructure, the public company that owns the 20km double-track link to the airport, following a review of the transaction.

MEIF took over ownership of A-Train in 2004 when it was experiencing financial difficulties. Since then A-Train has invested in the refurbishment of the Arlanda Express train fleet and opened the rail link to other operators.

The Arlanda Rail Link carried nearly five million passengers in 2013, 3.3 million of them on Arlanda Express services. Around 200 trains a day serve Arlanda, including more than 80 Arlanda Express services.
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"MTR Express" uploaded a picture of the first fully-constructed Swedish "Stadler Flirt" train being tested in real conditions in Switzerland:



More newer pictures can be found: MTR Express on Instagram
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Video about eliminating bottleneck at Tomteboda for Mälarbanan line. That's as far I understood:

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It's a good vid, but they ought to at least have English text.

It is mostly about that bottleneck, yes. And some words about how all of Mälarbanan out to Kalhäll will be four-tracked by 2025.

Note: the Citybanan commuter rail tunnel through Stockholm will only have full effect after Mälarbanan is done since that is when the commuter trains will be able to run at the increased frequencies on dedicated tracks almost all the way.
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