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SL trams in Stockholm

Welcome to the home of the Stockholm trams! Stockholm has a great variety of all kinds of rail vehicles used for commuting and moving around in the city. Besides 891 millimeter narrow gauge Roslagsbanan the city also has an expanding normal 1435 mm. tram network. These are currently separated in two parts and can be found in the city center and Southwest and West of the city. We will first take a look at these and then move to rail vehicles.

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Technical details of the trams * Paint schemes of trams *

Types: A34 *

Roster pictures of Trams: 1 *

SL tram number 01 at Dramaten, Stockholm, Sweden
Above one of the new Bombardier build low floored trams from the center of Stockholm. Here the unit 1 is preparing to stop by the theatre. The unit has a local newspaper add covering its SL blue color scheme. Picture by John McKey.

SL Lidingöbanan power car 319 at end station Ropsten, Stockholm, Sweden
Above one of the Lidingöbanan older rolling stock. Notice that all the Stockholm trams use normal gauge, which makes them quite roomy inside. Proper gauge has its luxuries! (compared with narrow gauge trams at least). These trams will move to history in mid 2013, when their operating route will be modernized with rebuilding the line and acquiring new rolling stock. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.








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 The Stockholm Tram Lines
Trams on loan

Stockholm Center Trams
Stockholm has two geographically separated tram networks the one ion the center being easier to find. A few years ago the line in the center ran from _near_ the city center to Djurgården outdoor area with a lot of activities. To reach the area by rail you needed to hop off the bus or Tunnelbana (metro) just to ride a tram. The trams themselves were of older types stored at the Djurgården stables.

Then the city decided to go ahead and make real use of the existing tram line by leading it one kilometer southwest almost to the center of the city. New batch of low floored trams were also ordered from Bombardier. The line has been an immediate success story with thousands of people running it daily.

  A34 trams technical details...



 

Vintage tram number 17 SL tram number 2 at Sergels torg, Stockholm, Sweden
   
SL Tram A32 number 417 at Stora Essingen Stockholm Sweden

Tvärbanan Suburban Tram Line
Tvärbanan originally ran from South of the city center to southeast between Alvik and Sickla Udde some 12 kilometers away. The line has 17 low platform stops or stations. Most of the line is separated from the other traffic, some level crossings creating possible disturbances to rail traffic.

In 2013 the line from Alvik in the South will be extended to Solna on the northern main line. The new extension will mean that Tvärbanan will serve as an important ring rail line of Stockholm with important connection.


  A32 trams technical details...







Stockholm's Tvärbanan, Sweden

Stockholm's Tvärbanan, Sweden

 
SL Lidingöbanan power car 319 at end station Ropsten, Stockholm, Sweden

Lidingöbanan
Lidingö is a wealthy quite large island just east of the Stockholm center. Two bridges connect the island to the mainland, the larger for rubber wheel traffic and another older vintage bridge the steel wheeled traffic. The tramway has a connection to Tunnelbana metro system at Ropsten, where the passengers will have to interchange between the two modes of transportation.


On left one of the Lidingöbanan older rolling stock. Notice that all the Stockholm trams use normal gauge, which makes them quite roomy inside. Proper gauge has its luxuries! (compared with narrow gauge trams at least). These trams will move to history in mid 2013, when their operating route will be modernized with rebuilding the line and acquiring new rolling stock. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.


  A30 trams technical details...

Lidingöbanan bridges, Stockholm, Sweden SL Lidingöbanan near Hotel Foresta in Lidingö, Stockholm, Sweden
   
Stockholm's Tvärbanan, Sweden Nockebybanan
Nockebybanan runs through the southern side of the Old Bromma garden city, west of the Stockholm center. The line is just 5,7 kilometers long, but connects to several other forms of transportation, including Tvärbanan at Alvik using similar rolling stock. The SL line 12 / Nockebybanan has 10 stops. Around 9000 passengers use it in weekdays.
SL X60 unit 62 on bridge in Stockholm, Sweden  
 


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Technical Details of Tram Types

  A34 of of Stockholm's Center, Storstockholms Lokaltrafik SL
SL tram number 2 at Sergels torg, Stockholm, Sweden

The tram line in the center of Stockholm started as a museum track leading a few kilometers out of Skansen, the outdoor recriation island, and lead towards the center remaining two kilometers short of useful length. This additional track was finished in 2011 and now the route is in full swing and the traffic is booming.

Technical details for class A34
-> Builder: Bombardier
-> Tram type: Flexity Classic
-> Owned and operated by: SL (Storstockholms Lokaltrafik)
-> Delivered to use: 2011 - 2012
-> Number of units built: 7
-> Units in operation: 7   
-> Unit numbers: 1 - 5, 33, 34, there were similar trams for hired from two other Swedish cities to start the traffic. These are returned to their original areas now.
-> Configuration: Bo'2''2'Bo'

-> Capacity: 64 in one class, plus around 115 standing passengers    
-> operations area: Stockholm center line

-> Unit length: 30 meters ( feet)
-> Unit width:    m ( ft)
-> Unit height:    m ( ft)
-> Unit power: 420 kW, 4 x 105 kW (563 Hp)
-> track motors of type:
-> Operational max. speed: 70 km/h (43 mph), this speed will hardly be needed in the center line.

-> Train control:  
-> Mass, metric tons: 54 metric tons   
-> Axle weight max: tons
-> Power to weight ratio: 7,7 W/kg  

-> Gauge: 1435 mm (normal 4' 8,5'' gauge)
-> Wheel diameter: 600 / 550 mm
-> Coupler type:
-> Multiple operations: ?



-> Other:
- units are air conditioned for both passengers and train personnel 


Easy recognition guide
-> "Typical tram looks"
-> "Blue vinyls of SL
-> Runs only on the center line from city center to Skanssen

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  A32 of Tvärbanan and Nockebybanan, Storstockholms Lokaltrafik SL
Stockholm's Tvärbanan, Sweden

This quite new tram is used on Stockholms southwestern normal gauge tram routes and soon one leading to Solna a little north of the city center. The vehicles can be driven from both ends so turning around at the terminals is not necessary. Six trams originate at RijnGouweLijn in Holland and came to Sweden in 2010.

Technical details for class A32
-> Builder: Bombardier
-> Tram type: Flexity Swift
-> Owned and operated by: SL (Storstockholms Lokaltrafik)
-> Delivered to use: 1999 - 2009
--- Holland units 432 - 437 were built in 2002 -3
-> Number of units built: 37
-> Units in operation: 37   
-> Unit numbers: 401 - 437
-> Configuration: Bo'1''1'Bo'

-> Capacity: 78 in one class, plus around 133 standing passengers    
-> operations area: Stockholm area Tvärbanan and Nockebybanan

-> Unit length: 30,4 meters ( feet)
-> Unit width:    m ( ft)
-> Unit height:    m ( ft)
-> Unit power: 480 kW, 4 x 120 kW (644 Hp)
-> track motors of type: 3 phase AC , Alstom
-> Operational max. speed: 80 km/h (50 mph)

-> Train control: ATC on most trams  
-> Mass, metric tons: 37,5 metric tons   
-> Axle weight max: tons
-> Power to weight ratio: 12,8 W/kg  

-> Gauge: 1435 mm (normal 4' 8,5'' gauge)
-> Wheel diameter: 630 / 550 mm
-> Coupler type:
-> Multiple operations: ?



-> Other:
- units are air conditioned for both passengers and train personnel 


Easy recognition guide
-> Wider than most front for a vehicles
-> The middle unit is painted white, unlike other trams which are blue except for doors.

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  A30 / A30B Power Cars and B30 / B30B Driving Trailers, Storstockholms Lokaltrafik SL

SL Lidingöbanan train led by 319 stopping at end station Ropsten, Stockholm, Sweden

SL Lidingöbanan power car 319 at end station Ropsten, Stockholm, Sweden

SL Lidingöbanan trailer 609 at end station Ropsten, Stockholm, Sweden


The oldest trams for the Stockholm lines traffic exist on the island of Lidingö. The lines there radiate from the bridge connecting to Stockholm itself. This line is due to heavy rebuilding work from mid 2013 until the end of 2014, so it is unclear how many if any of these vehicles will be saved for occasional trafrfic.


Technical details for class A30
-> Builder: Asea, ASJ and Hägglunds
-> Tram type: 
-> Owned and operated by: SL (Storstockholms Lokaltrafik)
-> Delivered to use: 1944 - 1952
-> Number of units built:
-> Units in operation: tens  
-> Unit numbers: 301 - 3xx
-> Configuration: Bo'Bo'

-> Capacity: 48 in one class, plus around 50 standing passengers    
-> Operations area: Stockholm Lidingö line

-> Unit length: 15,15 meters ( feet)
-> Unit width: 2,4 m ( ft)
-> Unit height: 3,75 m ( ft)
-> Unit power: 252 kW, 4 x 63 kW (338 Hp)
-> track motors of type:
-> Operational max. speed: 50 km/h (31 mph)

-> Train control:  
-> Mass, metric tons: 23 metric tons   
-> Axle weight max: tons
-> Power to weight ratio: 10,9 W/kg  

-> Gauge: 1435 mm (normal 4' 8,5'' gauge)
-> Wheel diameter: 700 / 550 mm
-> Coupler type: center
-> Multiple operations: yes



-> Other:
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Tram Paint Schemes


Tram Roster Pictures - City Line, Sergels Torg - Skanssen

 Tram 01
SL tram number 01 at Dramaten, Stockholm, Sweden

  On the left one of the new Bombardier build low floored Flexity classic / A34 trams from the center of Stockholm. Here the unit 1 is preparing to stop by the theatre. The unit has a local newspaper add covering its SL blue color scheme. Picture by John McKey.

 

 

 

 

   
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