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RR Organizations in Sweden

Created for by John McKey. Pictures by Ilkka and Sanna Siissalo, Hannu Peltola, Nick Slocombe, Gerry Putz and John McKey.

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MTAB De3 number 1219 in Kiruna Sweden
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MTAB De3 number 1219 in Kiruna Sweden
Swedish Multiple Units Page describes most EMUs and DMUs found in Sweden. This unit also belongs to the Stockholm Area RR Page.

MTAB De3 number 1219 in Kiruna Sweden
Swedish Electric Locomotives Page brings you majority of the electric locomotives, also the new ones.

Uppland lokaltrafik X50-2 i Uppsala

This page provides a collection of Swedish railroading organizations, starting from the major operators in country. More will follow regularly.

   HectorRail (passenger and freight operator)...     

   MTAB "Transportation for the LKAB" (freight operator)...     

   SJ (passenger operator)...     

   SL of Stockholm (local passenger operator)...     

SJ X2 in Valtorp, Sweden
Hectorrail class 141 numbers 002 in Hallsberg, Sweden

LKAB IORE number 124 in Torneträsk, Sweden
MTAB De3 number 1219 in Kiruna Sweden

SL Tram A32 number 417 at Stora Essingen Stockholm Sweden  
SSRT Rc6 number 1335 with a regional at Riksgränsen, Sweden
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HectorRail ES64U2 Taurus number 531, Stockholm, Sweden

Hector Rail AB is a privately owned company of Høegh family. The company headquarters are in Stockholm, Sweden. Hector rail has been growing fast and is serving among other customers the Swedish and Norwegian forest industries and Veolia for pulling its passenger service trains. Other customers include also DB Schenker and TX Logistik.

Currently the company owns around 40 locomotives, which run 5 million kilometers yearly in Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

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SJ X2 in Valtorp, Sweden

SJ is the state of Sweden owned passenger operator that handles mainly traffic on the national long distance segment. SJ owns both locomotives and locomotive hauled coaches and semi high speed EMUs. Of these the X2000 units now called SJ2000 are world famous. Another type "SJ3000" Bombardier Regina X55 is now adding to the ranks of the near capacity saturation fleet of the X2000s.

With no firm decisions on the Swedish super high speed lines the current fleet of rolling stock is well suited for the operator.

In addition to its Swedish lines, the SJ also runs to Copenhagen in Denmark through the great tunnel for trains linking the earlier separate states of Sweden and Denmark.

  On the left an X2000 hauled by X2 locomotive dashes by tilting slightly on the curve of Valtorp, Sweden. Picture by Nick Slocombe.    

    Another quite common sight is the handsome black painted Rc6 / Rc3 locomotives, which haul long distance coach trains. Here one of them is seen passing the Södertälje station on the miles long bridge just outside the urban Stockholm. Picture by Hannu Peltola.

SJ class Rc6 number 1411 in Södertälje bridge station, Sweden  

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  MTAB (MalmTransport AB)
MTAB IORE units 108 and 122 at Torneträsk station, Kiruna, Sweden

MTAB runs the LKAB (the huge Swedish mining company) ore freights in Swedish and Norwegian North. LKAB also owns the operator. In the Norwegian side the local operator is called MTAS.

The MTAB owns 26 IORE half units (6 more in order), some Dm3 units and almost 10 mostly huge switchers to move its ore traffic round the clock years round. The IOREs are the most powerful locomotives in Europe, a double unit capable of pulling with 1500 kN of force!

The MTAB fleet can be almost solely be found on the Malmbana ore railway in the Swedish and Norwegian North.

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  SL of Stockholm
SL Tram A32 number 417 at Stora Essingen Stockholm Sweden

SL of Stockholm both organizes the citys public traffic and owns most of the rolling stock used. Much of the operations are outsourced to professional operators. This approach has lead to the outside observer a very well working system, that is always perfected little by little.

Most important operations for the SL are:

  • X60 local trains on the North - South axis
  • Tunnelbana (metro) operations - several lines crossing from the city center
  • Lidingöbanan - a standard gauge light rail on Lindingö island east of Stockholm center.
  • Tvärbanan - the standard gauge fast tram north - South slightly west of the city center.
  • Saltsjöbanan (Salt lake rail line) - line southeast of the city center
  • Citybanan - the standard gauge tram in the city center
  • Bus operations

Great majority of the public transportation today is well integrated and offers good travel times to customers. More work to even better models and infrastructure development is going on.

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