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Old January 17th, 2014, 02:10 PM   #141
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SJ to refurbish and repower its SJ2000 fleet
17 Jan 2014



SWEDEN: State-owned passenger operator SJ announced on January 16 that it is to invest SKr3·5bn in the modernisation and repowering of its 36 SJ2000 tilting trains. Originally designated X2000, the 200 km/h trains date from the late 1980s and SJ had been considering whether to refurbish or replace them.

The first refurbished SJ2000 is expected to enter service in 2015, and the last will be completed by 2019.

As well as a full interior refit, the trains will get new electrical equipment, which is intended to reduce energy consumption by at least 10%, while improving their performance and reliability. Under a contract valued at US$200m, ABB is to supply an entire power conversion and control system, including transformers, traction converters, battery chargers, as well as an on-board information and entertainment system.

The refurbishment is expected to position SJ as 'the passengers' first choice for the next 20 years', according to its CEO Crister Fritzson. Following the deregulation of domestic inter-city services, SJ is already facing open access competition from Veolia and Svenska Tågkompaniet, and last year MTR Nordic ordered a fleet of Stadler Flirt EMUs to launch its own Stockholm - Göteborg service.

Noting that passenger-journeys on the Swedish network had increased by 59% between 1997 and 2010, Fritzson said 'the demand for environmentally-friendly and comfortable travel will keep increasing. All the signs point to a further strong increase, not least in terms of business travel as companies live up to their sustainability commitments. This initiative will enable SJ to offer the most comfortable train journeys on the main inter-city lines in Sweden for a long time ahead.'
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Old March 6th, 2014, 10:20 AM   #142
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Railjournal.com published the fallowing news.

SWEDISH infrastructure manager Trafikverket published a new report on February 28 outlining potential options for a high-speed line linking Stockholm with Gothenburg and Malmö.

The Y-shaped network would comprise a line running east-west from Järna near Stockholm to Linkoping, Jönköping and Boras, rejoining the conventional network at Almedal on the outskirts of Gothenburg, together with a branch running south from Jönköping to Åkarp, halfway between Lund and Malmö.

Construction of the Järna – Almedal line would be split into six sections, which would open in three phases between 2023 and 2025. Infrastructure would be designed for a commercial operating speed of 250-320km/h.

The total cost of the network is estimated to be around SKr 125bn ($US 19.4bn) at 2008 prices, of which SKr 59bn would come from the state, SKr 43bn from track access charges, SKr 19bn from local and regional governments, and SKr 4bn from the European Union. The remaining SKr 19bn would cover the cost of private finance, and the report suggests costs could be reduced if the project is entirely publically-funded.

Funds could be raised for the project through a special infrastructure charge on freight operators who would benefit from additional capacity on existing routes.

In addition to the infrastructure cost, an estimated SKr 29bn will be required for rolling stock, although the train fleet will be financed and procured by the operators.

The report includes an updated economic analysis of the project, which has been carried out for Trafikverket by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Cost-benefit analysis has shown the network would have a positive net present value ratio of 0.15 and under a completely open-access scenario, PwC estimates train operator revenues on the route would be around SKr 12.9bn in 2030.

With track access charges expected to be equivalent to around 30% of train operator revenues, track access charges are forecast to generate around SKr 3.9bn in 2030.

The report puts forward two proposals for managing the development and implementation of the project. Under the first model, the state would form a project company, which in turn would form an infrastructure company to carry out detailed design, construction and operation of the infrastructure. Under the second option, the state would fund the project company, which would manage the procurement process itself.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 11:44 PM   #143
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I don't think a HSR link Stockholm - Skåne will be built so it's just another day of whatever really.
The west coast link GBG - Malmö seams much more realistic, those Oslo ppl just needs to wake up and stop building bridges to nowhere and it's a done deal.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 11:21 AM   #144
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I don't think a HSR link Stockholm - Skåne will be built so it's just another day of whatever really.
The west coast link GBG - Malmö seams much more realistic, those Oslo ppl just needs to wake up and stop building bridges to nowhere and it's a done deal.
I do think the Stockholm-Skån link will be built along with the Stockholm-Göteborg line. Sharing tracks Stockholm-Jönköping.
I'm a bit hopefull it'll happen in the next 20 years. I hope the Oslo-Copenhagen link gets built in the same timespan as well.

The more relevant debate is IMO weither we want steeel-on-steel HSR or maglev. I'm kinda hoping for Transrapid maglev.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 11:52 AM   #145
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I would rather have the Japanese maglev system than Transrapid. Transrapid has only been demonstrated on a short spur, whereas the Japanese technology will make up a whole Shinkansen line. Plus it looks better too, haha!

Still here's hoping our network gets some much needed investment.
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Old March 11th, 2014, 03:41 PM   #146
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I do think the Stockholm-Skån link will be built along with the Stockholm-Göteborg line. Sharing tracks Stockholm-Jönköping.
I'm a bit hopefull it'll happen in the next 20 years. I hope the Oslo-Copenhagen link gets built in the same timespan as well.

The more relevant debate is IMO weither we want steeel-on-steel HSR or maglev. I'm kinda hoping for Transrapid maglev.
Im 99,99% sure that it wont be maglev.
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I'm about 95% sure it won't be maglev. Still hoping it will be though
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Old March 11th, 2014, 08:27 PM   #148
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I don't think a HSR link Stockholm - Skåne will be built so it's just another day of whatever really.
The west coast link GBG - Malmö seams much more realistic, those Oslo ppl just needs to wake up and stop building bridges to nowhere and it's a done deal.
Amen!
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Old March 28th, 2014, 08:12 AM   #149
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Norrtåg spotted near Örnsköldsvik:

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I'm trying to post a reply to this thread, but the server won't let me. There are no URLs in the post, so according to the error message, there ought to be banned words in it, although I am not saying anything radical or offensive in the post.

Does anyone know how to contact the moderators for this board?
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Old April 12th, 2014, 02:53 AM   #151
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One more visualisation of the MTR Express specially designed for the Swedish market train Stadler Flirt train arriving to Stockholm Central station:

(c) mtrexpress.se


MTR Express will serve Stockholm-Gothenburg line already from autumn this year.

More information: http://www.mtrexpress.se.

Previously announced picture can be seen here.
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Old April 15th, 2014, 05:21 PM   #152
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MTR Express to launch in March 2015
15 Apr 2014

SWEDEN: On April 15 MTR Nordic announced that its MTR Express service between Stockholm and Göteborg is expected to launch in March 2015.

MTR has applied to infrastructure manager Trafikverket for 10 daily train paths in each direction from the start of the 2015 timetable in December; this is one more than it has already been awarded from August 25 2014.

The March launch is slightly later than MTR’s original timetable, which had envisaged that services would start later this year. According to local media, the delay is due to national passenger operator SJ not allowing competitors to sell tickets through its SJ.se website, as well as quality assurance issues.

With the first of six Flirt EMUs now taking shape at Stadler’s Bussnang plant, MTR Nordic has started recruiting staff to operate the new service. On April 9 MTR Express CEO-designate Johan Söör said that more than 1 200 applications had been received for the initial tranche of 70 jobs, including a significant number of SJ employees.

Another open access applicant looking at starting up services on the Stockholm – Malmö route, Citytåget, has been sold to Skandinaviska Jernbanor, which already runs the business class only Blå Tåget service. Citytåget founder Mattias Söderhielm said the decision to sell was taken in the face of increased competition following MTR’s decision to enter the market.
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Old April 16th, 2014, 01:38 AM   #153
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It is now known that 45 railway companies will operate in the Swedish market during next year. SJ, MTR Nordic, Veolia ir Skandinaviska Jernbanor to name a few.

45 företag vill köra på de svenska järnvägarna
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Old April 16th, 2014, 03:33 PM   #154
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So if not SJ.se, which site will provide unified price comparison and ticket ordering?
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Old April 16th, 2014, 04:02 PM   #155
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SJ does it today, doesn't mean they will not continue doing it.
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So if not SJ.se, which site will provide unified price comparison and ticket ordering?
Tickets for journeys with MTR Express (to be launched in spring 2015) can be booked via specialised website: www.mtrexpress.se.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 11:39 AM   #157
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And there will be a operator-independet site showing all tickets, much like National Rail in the UK. But SJ is of course smart and realize if it's going to be a market then they have to act as a company on the market.

There's however elections comming up this fall which I think might alter the rules for competition on the railway.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 12:57 PM   #158
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Rail only, or rail and buses? I am not adverse to a wheeled trip where it makes sense, and when SJ started adding express buses to their price quotes they got themselves a customer (though I did check the bus company directly as well, not to be shafted).

Ideally that should be air travel as well. Domestically it is usually one or the other, but if I were to go to e.g. Prague there are quite a number of permutations for time, money, convenience and comfort.
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Domestically I don't like the idea of flying from Gothenburg to Stockholm when we have a good rail service. What I don't like is price gouging. More competition on the rails is a good thing as it makes SJ buck their ideas up and become more competitive.
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MTAB IORE 132 "Rensjön" + 131 "Straumsnes" in Kaisepakte par Railion 189 065 VV, sur Flickr
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