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Old September 2nd, 2014, 11:32 AM   #241
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My big question is why they didn't do it all in one fell swoop then? I mean that is 8 years after citybanan has been finished. If we are only to reap the full benefits at that point, it seems stupid to delay it for so long.
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Afaik it was split up so the projects could go ahead individually when funding and planning was ready instead of waiting for the other bit.
The commuter line going towards Märsta/Arlanda will be able to run more trains from day 1 tho iirc, since they already have dedicated tracks quite far out (in both directions). The Nynäshamn branch otoh doesn't even have double tracks all the way (and that's with a major new container port being built down there!).
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Then borrowing would have been worth it in my opinion just so that the entire project could be done and dusted. Given the Swedish government debt and the obvious payoff in terms of more frequent trains across the entirety of the Mälaren region one can see that borrowing would have been worth it.

Heck, they talk about spending billions on roading projects, if they'd just not decided to build the longest road tunnel in the world through UNESCO heritage sites then perhaps they'd have been able to afford it!
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On the one hand, yeah, they should have gotten funding done earlier. On the other the trouble with that was pretty much all political. The right wing Alliance even stopped Citybanan for months (was it a year?) when they took power 8 years ago. They were (and in practice mostly still are) very anti-transit/rail and very pro car.

Scrap the "Förbifart" and there would be plenty of money for projects like this.
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Oslo and Gothenburg plan direct rail link

Sweden and Norway have agreed to start planning a direct train connection between the Norwegian capital and Sweden's second-biggest city.

http://www.thelocal.se/20140903/oslo...rect-rail-link
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First tracks laid for the Hallandsåstunneln project. Not in the tunnels, but from the existing line near by to the tunnels.
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Old October 4th, 2014, 10:40 AM   #247
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Old October 16th, 2014, 08:26 PM   #248
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MTR Express in Sweden: trains

A test run of the Swedish Stadler Flirt in Switzerland:









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Old October 17th, 2014, 01:03 AM   #249
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Scanlink/Hallandsås Ridge Tunnel

Some pictures representing the different stages of construction history of a 8.7 km. (two sections: 8722 and 8710 m. long, cost: ~2 bn EUR) long Hallandsås tunnel/Scanlinc in Skåne County the construction of which should be completed next year:

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A short documentary by Discovery TV



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I like how one of the pics from Trafikverket has an SJ X2000 train with the original paint scheme in it. Shows how old the project is, the original date projected for start of traffic was 1997! All-in-all it'll be 18 years late compared to what was planned at construction start.
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Transitio signs framework agreements with CAF, Bombardier and Stadler for subsequent orders of rail vehicles

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AB Transitio has signed framework agreements with Construcciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles (CAF), Bombardier Transportation Sweden AB (Bombardier) and Stadler Bussnang AG (Stadler) under which CAF, Bombardier and Stadler are pre-selected as suppliers of regional trains to AB Transitio’s owners to cover the future demand for railway vehicles for regional traffic in Sweden for the duration of the framework agreement (maximum seven years).
AB Transitio is owned by the Swedish county councils/regions and procures, finances and manages railway vehicles on behalf of the Swedish regional public transport authorities.
20 regional transportation companies belong to Transitio. It seems, we will some more Bombardier and Stadler trains here in the years to come.
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MTR Express: trains

A few more pictures of the Swedish Stadler Flirt MTR X74 trains being tested in Switzerland:





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The trains will be delivered to Sweden this fall.
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Old October 18th, 2014, 05:00 AM   #253
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Oh it looks lovely, I'm planing to come back to Stockholm next year and I can't wait to take a trip to Gothenburg with it
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A few more pictures of the Swedish Stadler Flirt MTR X74 trains being tested in Switzerland:



The trains will be delivered to Sweden this fall.
Dat Livery looks sexy ( so it train too)
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Old October 20th, 2014, 10:54 PM   #256
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You can download the factsheet pdf from manufacturer Stadler here: http://www.stadlerrail.com/media/uploads/FMTR1113e.pdf

Electric Low-floor Multiple-unit FLIRT for MTR Express, Sweden

MTR Express has purchased six 5-car electrical trains of the FLIRT family from Stadler. The trains have been designed to meet MTR’s high requirement for premium class service on intercity rail routes. Since its market launch in 2004, more than 1000 FLIRT railcars have been sold, some 160 of which are in operation in Norway, Finland, Estonia and Belarus – countries with extreme winter conditions. The FLIRT Nordic has been tested in the climate chamber in Vienna for a temperature range down to – 40°. Sealed compartments provide the traction equipment with optimum protection from rain, snow and ice, while double gangway bellows are used in the intercarriage connections. Air suspension, high-grade materials, a modern passenger information system and a proven HVAC system guarantee comfortable travel for everyone on board.

Customer: MTR Express
Lines operated: Gothenburg – Stockholm
Gauge: 1435 mm
Catenary supply voltage: 15 kV, 16.7 Hz
Axle arrangement: Bo’2’2’Bo’+2’2’Bo’
Number of vehicles: 6
Delivery: 2014 / 2015
Seating capacity: 244
Floor height
Low floor: 800 mm
High floor: 1180 mm
Door width: 1300 mm
Longitudinal strength: 1500 kN
Overall lenght: 105.5 m
Vehicle width: 3200 mm
Vehicle height: 4380 mm
Tare weight: 216.3 t
Bogie wheelbase
Power bogie: 2500 mm
Trailer bogie: 2750 mm
Powered wheel diameter: 920 mm
Trailer wheel diameter: 920 mm
Maximum output at wheel: 4500 kW
Starting tractive power: 240 kN
Maximum speed: 200 km/h
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It's a really nice train indeed and it'll be great to have more competition on the rails to get the SJ prices down. The only problem with the rolling stock is the speed - max 200km/h is a little slow for such a vast country. Would be nice if we could have a big rail speed up here - it's needed.
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On the one hand, yes it is needed. On the other, we have no stretches that allow for anything really higher so having faster trains would be a needless expense for MTR and when we do get better tracks they can move the trains elsewhere.

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The North Bothnia Line will get built. According to what the leader of the Left party says it will be in the budget presented on thursday.
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The North Bothnia Line will get built.
Congrats! Apparently Sweden does value the rail traffic and is ready to invest pretty much in its network development despite the fact that the destination city is not really a crowded one (the population of 46.6 thousand and not much around). I'm pertaining to the fact that many other European cities of that size do not even have a regular passenger traffic. Okay, it's a question of wealth too, some countries simply do not have the money to invest, but it is also the question of attitude. If Poland or Romania reduce their passenger traffic, they can use as an excuse the lack of funds. But why for example Finland does not maintain any passenger traffic to Rauma (40 thousand inhabitants) despite the city is linked to the network by the electrified line allowing quite decent speeds?
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You can download the factsheet pdf from manufacturer Stadler here: http://www.stadlerrail.com/media/uploads/FMTR1113e.pdf

Electric Low-floor Multiple-unit FLIRT for MTR Express, Sweden

MTR Express has purchased six 5-car electrical trains of the FLIRT family from Stadler. The trains have been designed to meet MTR’s high requirement for premium class service on intercity rail routes. Since its market launch in 2004, more than 1000 FLIRT railcars have been sold, some 160 of which are in operation in Norway, Finland, Estonia and Belarus – countries with extreme winter conditions. The FLIRT Nordic has been tested in the climate chamber in Vienna for a temperature range down to – 40°. Sealed compartments provide the traction equipment with optimum protection from rain, snow and ice, while double gangway bellows are used in the intercarriage connections. Air suspension, high-grade materials, a modern passenger information system and a proven HVAC system guarantee comfortable travel for everyone on board.

Customer: MTR Express
Lines operated: Gothenburg – Stockholm
Gauge: 1435 mm
Catenary supply voltage: 15 kV, 16.7 Hz
Axle arrangement: Bo’2’2’Bo’+2’2’Bo’
Number of vehicles: 6
Delivery: 2014 / 2015
Seating capacity: 244
Floor height
Low floor: 800 mm
High floor: 1180 mm
Door width: 1300 mm
Longitudinal strength: 1500 kN
Overall lenght: 105.5 m
Vehicle width: 3200 mm
Vehicle height: 4380 mm
Tare weight: 216.3 t
Bogie wheelbase
Power bogie: 2500 mm
Trailer bogie: 2750 mm
Powered wheel diameter: 920 mm
Trailer wheel diameter: 920 mm
Maximum output at wheel: 4500 kW
Starting tractive power: 240 kN
Maximum speed: 200 km/h
3200 mm width? Wow, Swedish loading gauges are very wide by European standards. France has 2900, and still runs doublé deckers, and the UK has even less...
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