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Old November 30th, 2016, 11:44 AM   #801
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Malmö - Lund four-tracking approved
Wednesday, November 30, 2016



THE Swedish government has given the go-ahead to an SKr 4bn ($US 440m) project to expand a section of the congested Malmö - Lund line from two to four tracks

The project involves constructing two additional tracks on the 8km section between Arlöv north of Malmö and Flackarp south of Lund, reconstruction of Hjärup, Åkarp and Arlöv stations, and elimination of the level crossing at Åkarp

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^Good news. That whole project is full of good stuff. Upping capacity, new modern stations & removing the last level crossings.
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Updated video to show that the four-tracking has been decided to go further including a new commuter rail station on the outskirts of Lund.
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Old December 1st, 2016, 09:23 AM   #803
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New double-decker trains

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^Good news. That whole project is full of good stuff. Upping capacity, new modern stations & removing the last level crossings.
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Add to that the possible introduction of double decker trains.


New double-decker trains can add a thousand seats for the passengers and solve the congestions on the busiest train routes in south Sweden (Skåne.)

- The most urgent route is from Helsingborg to Malmö. The trains are usually fully occupied in peak hours. The solution could be this type of train, says Anders Jönsson, who is a regional strategist of communications.

His mission is to develop a plan for how the trains should look like in south Sweden in the future.

A proposal is to introduce the type of double decker trains that already are in use in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and several other countries.

Today more passenger coaches can not be added anymore, because they would not fit on the platforms. The trains can not run more frequently because there is no more capacity on the railway.

With the double decker trains, it would be possible to increase the number of seats from the current 700 to 1000 seats, without making the trains too long.

- The infrastructure between Malmö and Lund and Kastrup Airport to Copenhagen is so busy that there is no room for more trains. This is an opportunity - to instead build on the height, says Anders Jönsson.

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Double decker EMUs are getting more common in Sweden already (the X40 trains already in service plus the Stadler KISS ones coming to the Stockholm/Mälardalen region in like a year or so). I wouldn't be surprised if some type is also introduced in Skåne, especially on routes like the one you mentioned and also on the bridge crossing routes (iirc those are jammed during rush hour - at least were before the introduction of border controls).
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Finally! I knew about these plans since 2013 when I visited Copenhagen and Malmö for school purposes, four tracks between these two cities will increase reliability of the service at the Swedish gateway for the mainland significantly. And not only more reliable or faster but indeed there's room for new stations as well. I can only be in favour of that
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Old December 6th, 2016, 03:19 PM   #806
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Alstom begins delivery of Swedish regional trains
Tuesday, December 06, 2016



ALSTOM has commenced delivery of 30 four-car class X61 Coradia Nordic EMUs ordered in February 2015 by Skånetrafiken for operation on the Pågatågen regional network in southwest Sweden

Alstom says delivery has begun ahead of schedule and it will deliver 11 of the trains by May 2017, as stipulated in the contract. The remaining batch of 19 sets will be delivered between March 2018 and January 2019

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Great that the capacity for the Pågatåg will increase with these new trains. Iirc there's some stations can't handle longer trains than this and there's been works to make sure they can even handle trains with two such EMU units. Get the regional rail working better and with more trains per hour and we'll see Skåne growing all over the place
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New railway station in Växjö

White architects with its proposal "Under one roof" won the architectural competition for the new the station building in Växjö (pop 65.000)




The station-block will be a new meeting place in Växjö and a modern workplace for municipal employees. The building unites travelers, visitors and City Hall under one roof - a living room in the middle of the city.

- We are extremely proud of creating a building for the future of Europe's greenest city. With our proposal, "Under one roof" will make Vaxjo, a new meeting place for all people.
The building will also be sustainable from an economic and ecological perspective, says Klara Frosterud, head architect at White architects.



The winning proposal is a building in wood and glass of various kinds. The glass will have different functions, some parts have solar cells that produce electricity,
others have sunscreen and the other is transparent or colored to enhance the underlying facade in wood.

The jury says among other things that the proposal from White Architects presents a coherent and characterful building with a strong expression, a new silhouette and a new hallmark of Växjö.
Overall, the winning proposal an elaborate building in all the elements that are able to live up to Växjö's requirements and intentions of a sustainable future. "
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Film about the planned double tracking of the Ore-line from Kiruna northwestwards.
Only in Swedish, but plenty of beautiful sweeping shots of the line and a few maps. Some of the stats should be understandable if you know English.
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Old March 22nd, 2017, 12:08 AM   #810
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Trafikverket released a new clip showing the full ride of the new double-track at Gamla Uppsala, a ride of 4 kms:




The first track will open on 9th of May, full double track from September on.


The construction has taken four years, costed 1.2 Billion SEK and required extensive archeological excavations due to Gamla Uppsala being a very interesting historical place, as it was a stronghold for local/regional chieftains for 1000-1500 years until Uppsala town was moved to its current location 5 kms south aorund the year 1280 (the name of the place is in translation 'Old Uppsala'). It isn't visible in this clip, but the current/former railway goes next to "Uppsala Högar" which are old burial mounds. For these and other reasons a tunnel through the built-up area was chosen over double-tracking next to the former railway line (such a construction would also have required some grade separated crossings that would've been very intrusive to the landscape next to these burial mounds as there are only grade crossings at the current stretch).
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I worked on the archaeological excavations for the dubbel track through Old Uppsala back in 2012. The site is a National Heritage site of highest national importance (there's a dedicated museum on site, the pope visited and held a service there in the 90's etc) so the dubbel track took about 15 years to decide on because there really wasn't any choice but to put the new tracks in a tunnel. The first preliminary archaeological surveys in preparation of the project were done in 1997.

The site itself was an Iron Age political and religious center of mythical proportions, mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas as the ancestral home of the norwegian royal Ynglinga family. It is also connected to the first "Swedish" king Erik Segersäll who according to the sagas won a great battle in the area in the 970's. In 1164 Old Uppsala became the arch bishopric of Sweden, a status it retained until 1273 when the bishopric was moved to a new location a few km south (the current city of Uppsala - the name moved with the bishopric).

Archaeologically the the site features a royal cemetery with 5-6 great barrows from the 6th and 7th century AD and hundreds of smaller graves. 17th-century surveys shows that there were once several thousands of graves on the site. There is also the remains of a very large Iron Age manor complex used between the 5th and 11th century AD. There's also extensive farm- and workshop areas from throughout the Iron Age and early Middle Ages. To cap it off is the remains of the massive 12th century cathedral, destroyed by fire in the 13th century and reduced to a parish church that is still in use today.
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Thanks for the input.

Do you know how the railway company that built the railway in the first place (Uppsala-Gävle Järnväg) reasoned when they built the current line in 1874? (if they thought of it as a great location for coming exploitation as an example ). Are there any documentations of archeological findings or such...? Maybe it was just the best topological line, I was just thinking if they attributed any symbolism to the place, saw it as an up-and-coming place for any form of exploitation or just built it out of pragmatic reasons.


In a way the location next to the mounds hasn't really been capitalized upon, apart from the restaurant Odinsborg and the modern museum that was finished around 2000. I mean, they could've built some bombastic monument there like many others did in the years leading up to WW1, but they didn't. It's within a day trip from Stockholm but there's never been any large traffic of tourists going to the "first capital of Sweden with its ancient mounds" (or however you'd prefer phrase it in an advertisement), they stay around the cathedral in Uppsala. To me I feel like someone missed an opportunity to develop the place for mass-tourism by not building at least a museum until very recently (not saying it would've been a welcome development if exploited for mass tourism, but given the conditions and societal developments I believe it could've been far more than there has been. It's all relatively accessible compared to Birka island and there are many day tours to downtown Uppsala from Stockholm by bus already)
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There was a station in Gamla Uppsala when the railway opened in 1874, but it closed a long time ago. I don't know exactly when. At the time, Gamla Uppsala was a large village, but there were plans to extend Uppsala north towards Gamla Uppsala. The railway line basically runs parallel to the ancient Vaksala road that passes through GU from north to south, so running it through the site was unavoidable. I don't think there were any symbolic reasons for running the railway through Gamla Uppsala.

Gamla Uppsala has historically been used by lots of different ideologues, from nordicists in the late 19th century to nazis in the 20's and 30's. There has been a lot of rallies of different kinds at the mounds. Gustav Vasa held Ting at the mounds on several occasions. But I don't think the potential for tourism occurred to people until the late 20th century. Before that Gamla Uppsala was a sleepy village that was mostly the interest of professors of archaeology, history and religious history, not the general public.
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1874 was just before the great romantization of "national heritage" took off. And Sweden unlike say the German Reich didn't have that much to "prove" though monuments and museums were built in Sweden too (The monument of Sten Sture at the other end of Uppsala is one example).

Still, a cunning man or community could've developed the site in a similar fashion to say the Hermannsdenkmal in Teutoburgerwald, or build a great Nordic museum next to the mounds. "Nordiska museet" got built after all though in Stockholm. Imagine something like that coupled with a grand railway station to accomodate and impress tourists. Tacky, or not true to the real history? Perhaps, but attention brings money and energy in the form of enterprising people running the place.
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Malmslätt Railway Station


This is a closed railway station outside Linköping. It is one of my favourite trainspotting places. This station was opened in 1902 and it was staffed until 1962. Now it's a lamp-shop in the building, but I think the shop will be out of business soon.


The building is in decay and it's covered in graffiti.



A southbound X2000 train to Malmö passes by.


This train goes north to Stockholm.



Back in the glory days


A local commuter train nearby


A 2 min trainspotting movie from Malmslätt.
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From today on, the trains in Gamla Uppsala go straight into the newly built tunnel:
http://www.trafikverket.se/nara-dig/...get-i-tunneln/

However, due to some remaining construction it'll be single track until September when the second track will open.

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I was wonder why they didn't wait to open til after the second track was done and found in the link:
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Det gamla enkelspåret, som byggdes 1874, trafikerades för sista gången i fredags kväll. När spåret rivs försvinner också tre plankorsningar, vilket ger en säkrare trafiksituation och bättre miljö för dem som vistas i området.
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The old single track, built in 1874, has its last train on Friday night. When the track is removed the level crossings will also disappear, which gives a safer traffic situation and better environment for those who frequent the area.
I.e. they're likely switching to the new track early to get rid of level crossings. Makes sense.
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They are going to remove the old railway track as well and I guess they want to get a start with that before winter. There is also going to be additional archaeological work being done in conjunction with that. Gamla Uppsala has been a construction site since 2012 so they probably don't want to drag it out any longer.
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Old June 24th, 2017, 12:22 PM   #819
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All trains Stockholm-Copenhagen delayed 15-60 minutes

This monday I traveled from Linköping to Copenhagen. A few days before departure SJ sent me an sms. It said that the train was going to be delayed 15-60 minutes due to maintennance works at Osby.

The train departured on time and it stopped at Osby for about 20 minutes. Then the voice in the loudspeakers said that another train had broken down and that the whole railway-line was blocked.

Another 10 minutes went by and the staff happily declared that the broken down train was moving again.

Our train slowed down on the section from Kastrup to Copenhagen Central station and more time was added to the delay.

Finally we arrived in Copenhagen 40 minutes late.


Thurday june 22th a cable caught fire at the south station of Stockholm and all trains south of Stockholm were stopped, so long distance traintravel is risky especially if you have to arrive on time to catch connecting trains
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Yesterday the last 4 kms of double track in Gamla Uppsala was inaugurated. From now on it's electrified double track from Denmark to northern Gävle:

https://www.trafikverket.se/om-oss/n...ppsala-invigt/
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