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Old April 7th, 2016, 10:49 AM   #741
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To put the prices in perspective a cab is approximately 500-600SEK, so if you aren't travelling alone, cab is actually a economically viable option from Arlanda to Stockholm.
Edit: Beware of the fradulent cab drivers though which would set you back 1500-4000SEK, just ask the price in advance.
Yeah, it is FULLY LEGAL for a taxi to charge many, many times the normal rate. There's a comparison-rate posted on stickers on the windows. 250-400 is normal. Highest I've seen personally is over 4000. This is fully legal and if you step into that taxi it is on YOU to pay up.
De-regualted taxis...
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X2000 interior refurbishment contract awarded
15 Apr 2016



SWEDEN: National passenger operator SJ announced on April 14 that it had awarded Knorr-Bremse subsidiary Swedtrac RailServices a contract worth more than SKr1bn for the interior refurbishment of its 227 X2000 inter-city trainset vehicles.

The work to be undertaken at the Tillberga workshop includes fitting new seats, carpets, panelling and luggage racks, and modernising the catering facilities. The new interiors will have 15% more seats than at present, to make better use of track capacity

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Malmö - Lund four-tracking plan finalised

SWEDISH infrastructure manager Trafikverket says it has finalised plans for a SKr 4bn ($US 480m) project to expand the congested Malmö - Lund line from two to four tracks[...]



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Old May 21st, 2016, 01:16 PM   #746
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Trains in Opphem and Bestorp - Östergötland


Opphem railway station.



The railway through Opphem consists of one single track and a platform. The sign says speed limit 110km/h
, but the track is in so poor condition that the trains hardly go faster than 70km/h.


"Kustpilen" The Coastal Arrow passes through Opphem without stopping, the last time a passenger train stopped in Opphem was in 2003.


An Y2 train heading for Linköping at Bestorp.


Video from Bjärka-Säby and Opphem.
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Trains in Hovetorp, Bestorp,Brokind and Rimforsa - Östergötland


Hovetorp south of Linköping

Railbus Y31 at Hovetorp.


"Coastal Arrow" -Y2 train at Hovetorp, heading for Linköping.


Y2 at Bestorp. A village with a population of 500 people, before the year of 2003 the trains used to stop here.
I think they should reintroduce a stop,at least in the morning and evening for the commuters to Linköping as an alternative to the bus.


Y2 at Brokind-another village of 500 people where the trains used to stop.


Y2 at Rimforsa Bridge. This is a former station in Rimforsa located about 1km north of the main station.
The trains stop here occasionally in the summertime when the riverboats arrive.


The railway through Rimforsa



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Malmö - Lund four-tracking plan finalised

SWEDISH infrastructure manager Trafikverket says it has finalised plans for a SKr 4bn ($US 480m) project to expand the congested Malmö - Lund line from two to four tracks[...]
That would be this one, I think.
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On 15th of June a new double-track stretch of ca. 5km between Gävle and Uppsala was inaugerated (Skutskär-Furuvik).

http://www.trafikverket.se/nara-dig/...ik-dubbelspar/

Next year, the last stretch of double-tracking at Gamla Uppsala (4 km) will be done. Then there'll be a continuous double-track from Gävle to the south, which will mean more capacity for all kinds of trains as this is one of the main trunk routes between north and south with many intercity-commuter and freight trains passing. Once the whole project is completed, fastest travel time from Gävle to Uppsala will be 40 mins (today 45 mins), to Arlanda 60min (64mins) and to Stockholm 79-80 mins (84).
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A short presentation of the planned future Hyperloop junction between Stockholm and Helsinki (possibly Tallin as well):

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Please no... This hyperloop thing is just obfuscating getting real transport improvements.
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Check out this image:

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This a page from a book by Dutch futurologists Rudolf and Robbert Das published in 1983. This page pictures an underground high speed transsport system under vacuum using swivelling passenger pods in a larger vehicle using magnetic levitation intended for long distance passenger transport. Sounds familiar? Yes, hyperloop is just a rip-off from a previous idea.
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On paper Hyperloop sounds like a good idea: very rapid transport which is economically sustainable and 'unlocks regions'. But then reality kicks in, and you can easily spot a number of shortcomings.

It requires dedicated infrastructure which is kept at low air pressure at all times. Onwards connections using the same rolling stock aren't possible. Capacity of a single capsule is not that great (30 people?) compared to a classic high speed train (a TGV Réseau offers seats to 361 people, in an Eurostar e320 there's room for up to 900 people), and there are all sorts of questions regarding safety, how to evacuate in the case of an emergency, how to handle failures in the infrastructure (oxygen leaks?), and so on.

For the Stockholm - Helsinki connection, a conventional rail connection would be much more useful. As Finland uses a different gauge compared to Sweden, variable gauge units would be needed - but this is not new technology. In Spain this has been in use for decades.
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For the Stockholm - Helsinki connection, a conventional rail connection would be much more useful. As Finland uses a different gauge compared to Sweden, variable gauge units would be needed - but this is not new technology. In Spain this has been in use for decades.
Or have the tunnel and tracks either to Stockholm or to Helsinki be dual gauge.
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Dual gauge tracks are a possibility, but they're not preferred. First of all it requires 50% more material, it increases complexity and the likelyhood of failures, and it doesn't give you the flexibility that you would get of convertible gauge sets. Swedish trains couldn't run past the dual gauge section, and neither could Finnish trains.

With dual gauge sets, you could introduce a service from Gothenburg to Stockholm, then on to Helsinki and finally Talinn. A dual gauge set like the Talgo Renfe S/130 could work this service. This kind of trains would also allow diversionary routes to be used in case of disruption.


Not that it's likely to ever see such a line realised, as you'd have to build hundreds of kilometers of bridges or tunnels in the middle of the sea. The same limitation applies to the Hyperloop, of course.
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A dual gauge set like the Talgo Renfe S/130 could work this service. This kind of trains would also allow diversionary routes to be used in case of disruption.
Yes, but you still need a gauge changer facility to switch gauge. You can't just pop from gauge to gauge anywhere. That limits usage of alternate routes.
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Dual gauge tracks are a possibility, but they're not preferred. First of all it requires 50% more material.
I think it is even worse than that - 1435 and 1520 mm gauges are too close
to build a 3-track section for them. Each time I have seen tracks for common
1435 and 1520 use, they were in fact 4-rail, gauntlet-like tracks. So it's not
50% more material but 100%, and a lot of added complexity for the switches.
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Yes, but you still need a gauge changer facility to switch gauge. You can't just pop from gauge to gauge anywhere. That limits usage of alternate routes.
You indeed need some equipment which facilitates the change of gauge, but this only needs to be in a spot where there is an actual change of gauge. If you have one route between Finland and Stockholm, you only need to change gauge in one place.

Trains don't even need to come to a full stop for the change of gauge, it can happen at low speed. ADIF (the Spanish infrastructure management company) published a video that shows how it works. At 3:40, you can see a S/130 going through the gauge changer:



Let's suppose that a Stockholm - Helsinki railway would ever be built. I can imagine a route like this being chosen:


From Stockholm to Arlanda a train would use the existing infrastructure (including Arlandabanan). From Arlanda to Turku, it would all be newly built. From Turku to Helsinki, trains would once again continue on existing infrastructure. An alternative route could be to go over Karjaa (completely bypassing Turku). This is a bit shorter, but would significantly expand journey times for passengers that want to go elsewhere in Finland, such as Tampere.

As existing rolling stock should still be able to run on the route, a change of gauge somewhere along the route is inevitable. I think that the ideal place for a gauge change would be in Finland.

This would also enable replacement trains to be used when no variable gauge trains are available (e.g. due to a train fault). A regular train (such as an SJ X2000) could run to Turku, where passengers would change onto a VR train. This is not possible if the change would happen somewhere in the middle of a bridge.
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The water doesn't seem particularly deep between Stockholm and Turku, so technically I don't see any problem. Building a bridge or tunnel from Helsinki to Tallinn would probably be more difficult because of the deeper water. But the question is: Is there enough demand to make a direct railway viable? At 500km separation a passenger service would probably need about 3,5 hours to cover the distance. Freight on the other hand may be interesting as there are many ferries traversing the East sea every day.

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A passenger train would definitely have an audience, but I don't think it would be enough to justify the expenditure. Freight is what would make the link economically viable.

I've been reading through the KPMG report for the proposed Hyperloop connection, they sound quite positive about the potential of a Hyperloop.
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