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Old June 19th, 2015, 07:59 PM   #541
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Stadler to supply double-deck EMUs to Sweden






SWEDISH train leasing company Transitio has awarded Stadler a SKr 3.5bn ($US 429m) contract to supply 33 four-car Kiss double-deck EMUs for regional services radiating from Stockholm.


Transitio has ordered the 105m-long 200km/h trains on behalf of Mälab, a joint venture of local transport authorities in the counties of Örebro, Stockholm, Sörmland and Västmanland.

The fleet will be deployed on four routes, which operate under the Mälartåg brand. These include:



Örebro – Eskilstuna – Stockholm – Uppsala
Hallsberg – Katrineholm – Stockholm
Norrköping – Nyköping – Stockholm, and
Sala – Västerås – Eskilstuna – Katrineholm – Linköping
Regional services on these lines will be expanded significantly after 2017, when the rerouting of suburban services onto the new Stockholm City Line will release capacity on the existing surface line between Stockholm Central and Stockholm South. Mälab plans to launch a new tender for the operation of the enhanced Mälartåg
New double decker trains soon on swedish tracks. Are the X40's already outdated ?
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Old June 22nd, 2015, 08:27 AM   #542
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Sweden has a very low pop density only 20 inhabitants/km² (Denmark has 130 inhabitants/km²) not only the north of Sweden is sparsely populated but also areas in south Sweden.
The railway Linköping-Kalmar runs through such an rural area with few cities. This line has had a lot of trouble recently with cancelled trains and travellers dont consider this railway to be reliable.
I doubt that this railway will be in service in the future.
Why on earth is the service that is clearly more circuitous with a transfer faster?
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Old June 22nd, 2015, 09:37 AM   #543
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Why on earth is the service that is clearly more circuitous with a transfer faster?

Well, my dear american friend, the railway to the east looks like this at some streches. The service is slow.

I estimate the speed to sometimes be as low as 40km/h. It's a slow and tortous route.

There have been a lot of cancelled trains here and the service is not that reliable, so people tend to avoid it in favor of the main highspeed line.


Y2 train on the slow line "Stångådalsbanan"



The fast option is the X2000 on the main line Stockholm-Malmö.
The X2000 trainset was tested on US-tracks, it was a supposed alternative to the Acela in the early 1990's.
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Old June 22nd, 2015, 11:03 AM   #544
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It uses faster trains running on better tracks?
I have driven past the "direct" track and it's state is really bad, and also not electrified, thus a slower speed. Where as the circuitous route use SJ 2000 and Öresundståg trains which run on better maintained tracks (Södra Stambanan and Kust- till kustbanan).
Higher speed wins.
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It uses faster trains running on better tracks?
I have driven past the "direct" track and it's state is really bad, and also not electrified, thus a slower speed. Where as the circuitous route use SJ 2000 and Öresundståg trains which run on better maintained tracks (Södra Stambanan and Kust- till kustbanan).
Higher speed wins.
Yes, but in this case speed wins with only 12 minutes. Add to that a change in Alvesta. I you have luggage I wouldnt mind those extra 12 minutes. The Stångådal-line is very scenic and really a good alternative. I urge people to pick that option instead of the X2000, if conditions dont improve soon this railway from Linköping to Kalmar may be shut down for ever.





Snälltåget by Hectorrail with the Taurus loco.
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Old July 1st, 2015, 04:59 AM   #546
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Some more pictures of Citybanan project (Stockholm):

The overground part of Station City/Stockholm City Station or Stockholm Conintental Hotel (arch.: 3XN)


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The undeground part of Stockholm City Station, Vasagatan


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Railway tracks being adjoined


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A 1.4 km long estacade "Älvsjöbågen" (the name was chosen during a public competition - a symbolic table with a nickname of this railway section together with the name of the person whose proposal won was mounted on the strcture), in Älvsjö


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It uses faster trains running on better tracks?
I have driven past the "direct" track and it's state is really bad, and also not electrified, thus a slower speed. Where as the circuitous route use SJ 2000 and Öresundståg trains which run on better maintained tracks (Södra Stambanan and Kust- till kustbanan).
Higher speed wins.
And track quality regulates speed. Still, it's impressive that the track quality is so bad that a route with two major time penalties is still twelve minutes faster.
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Old July 2nd, 2015, 08:42 PM   #548
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I'm reading that more money has been allocated for railway repairs and maintenance. Longer term that should lead to a more reliable service.
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Old July 3rd, 2015, 08:18 PM   #549
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Citybanan news should be restricted to the Stockholm Public Transport thread. Citybanan is only going to be used for the commuter rail, which is urban transport.
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Old July 3rd, 2015, 10:27 PM   #550
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Hej! I'll be visting Stockholm next week, I'm planning to buy an SL Access Card and load a 7 day travelcard onto it. I'm wondering if this allows me to take SJ trains that stop in the Stockholm area (if there are any that make more stops that just Stockholm C)?
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Hej! I'll be visting Stockholm next week, I'm planning to buy an SL Access Card and load a 7 day travelcard onto it. I'm wondering if this allows me to take SJ trains that stop in the Stockholm area (if there are any that make more stops that just Stockholm C)?
It does not. Those are only valid on SL trains.
Most (all?) SJ (and other operators) regional and intercity trains do stop at more places in the SL area. Södertälje Syd, Flemingsberg, Sunbyberg and Arlanda are such stations (Arlanda SL-trains cost extra tho).
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Nässjö Central station, Jönköping County:

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Old July 20th, 2015, 12:24 AM   #553
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Nässjö Central station, Jönköping County:
This is an odd train, the Taurus loco is modern, but the passenger coaches are definately outdated, they're from the 1960's. Compare them to the sleek X2000 coaches to the left.
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Two weeks ago, I visited Stockholm. While I wasn't there to do trainspotting, I did find some time to snap a few pictures:


An SJ Snabbtåg (Swedish for 'fast train') of the SJ3000 type is ready for depart from Stockholm Central. While the train was parked at the platform for a long time, the doors remained closed up until a few minutes prior to departure. Once the doors opened, it took several minutes for all passengers to board the train. The high step between platform and train definitely did not help with getting luggage on board the train.


The Igelsta viaduct is among the tallest railway bridges of Sweden, easuring over 2 kilometers in length and standing at a whopping 48 meters tall. At the end of the viaduct one can find Södertälje Syd, the most important station for the city of Södertälje. The Igelsta bridge opened in 1995, which freed up paths on the classical route between Flemingsberg and Järna.


This Göteborg-bound SJ Snabbtåg is one of the trains that stops at the earlier mentioned station of Södertälje Syd. The X2000 trains form the backbone of SJ's long distance traffic, in the nineties Kalmar (later ABB, nowadays Bombardier) built as much as 43 of these units.


Long distance rail traffic in Sweden has been fully liberalised. As a consequence, other companies (such as Blå Tåget) try to get a piece of the pie on SJ's most profitable route.

Since March 2015 there is a new operator between Stockholm and Göteborg: the Hong Kong-based MTR tries to gain some marketshare under the name of MTR Express. For this purpose, they have ordered 6 FLIRT electrical units from Stadler of Switzerland. The MTR Express also calls at Södertälje Syd, but only to pick up or set down passengers. Traveling between Stockholm C and Södertälje by MTR is not possible.

(Pictures don't do justice to the beauty that this train truly is!)


This train, heading towards Nyköping and Norrköping, is operated by SJ Regional; a division of SJ that runs trains in the wider region around Stockholm. The black Rc6 locomotive (built by ASEA, now Bombardier) are one of the workhorses of SJ Regional.
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This is an odd train, the Taurus loco is modern, but the passenger coaches are definately outdated, they're from the 1960's. Compare them to the sleek X2000 coaches to the left.
Isn't it some kind of a retro train?
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Isn't it some kind of a retro train?
It could be the Veolia-operated Snälltåget, which runs between Malmö and Stockholm.
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It could be the Veolia-operated Snalltåget, which runs between Malmö and Stockholm.
It may well be Snälltåget. Thank you for a great set of pictures from your visit in Stockholm.
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Some pictures of the Swedish trains:

Intercity train: X74/Stadler Flirt (MTR Express)

X74 001 in Gothenburg


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Intercity train: X55/SJ 3000/Bombardier Regina (SJ AB)

X55 3352 in Umeå


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Regional train: X50-X54/Bombardier Regina (operators: X50 - SJ AB, Trafik i Mälardalen (TM), Västtrafik AB, X-trafik; X51 - Tåg i Bergslagen, X-trafik; X52 - Transitio, Upplands Lokaltrafik (UL), X-trafik, Värmlandstrafik, Tåg i Bergslagen, Norrtåg; X53 - Västtrafik, Värmlandstrafik; X54 - Tåg i Bergslagen)

Norrtåg X52 9042 in Sundsvall


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Västtrafik/SJ X52 9080 (a modified version of the regional train designed for a longer distance intercity service) in Gothenburg


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Öresund regional train: X32K/Öresundståg (Öresundståg AB)

X32K 4344 in Svågertorp (Malmö Syd)


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Mälardalen regional train: X40/Alstom Coradia (SJ AB)

A combination of X40 3319 (three cars) and X40 3339 (two cars) in Västerås


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Stockholm commuter train: X60/X60A/Alstom Coradia Nordic (SL AB)


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Commuter trains: X61/X62/Coradia Nordic (Västtrafik AB, Skånetrafiken AB, Östgötatrafiken/Jönköpings länstrafik AB, Norrtåg AB, Transitio)

Västtrafik X61 61409 in Gothenburg


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Skånetrafiken X61 010 Malmö


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Östgötatrafiken X61 61301 Norrköping


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Railbuses: Y31/Y32/Bombardier Itino (Krösatågen, Tåg i Bergslagen, Kalmar Länstrafik (Kustpilen), etc.)

Östgötatrafiken Y31 1425 in Hultsfred


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Jönköpings Länstrafik Y31 1405 in Hultsfred


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More information and pictures of the rolling stock in Sweden can be found in a dedicated website: http://www.jarnvag.net.
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My wife, her parents and I went to Uppsala yesterday. I took a quite extensive video showing Stockholm Centralstation, Uppsala Centralstation (which is really quite cool) and the journey leaving Stockholm Centralstation (until Solna station, so you get to see the new national stadium) and into Uppsala centrum (from the edge of Uppsala).






Stockholm Centralstation.














Our train. Was 89kr per person one way.








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Uppsala Centralstation.







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I've always wondered why -- other than our hardy little toasters -- Sweden's never really sold their Rc series abroad.
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