DSB - Danske
Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):
- 2132km standard gauge, 446km electrified at 25kV 50Hz and 170km
On the 1st of January 1999 DSB was split up in different parts:
- DSB Intercity (long distance passenger traffic)
- DBS Regio (regional passenger services)
- DSB S Tog (commuter services in and around Copenhagen)
- DBS Gods (freight traffic, sold to Railion)
DSB Gods/Cargo was sold on 1 January 2001 to Railion creating Railion
Denmark A/S. DSB acquired 2% of the Railion holding. The infrastructure
provider in Denmark was renamed from Banestyrelsen to BaneDanmark.
From January 2009 until 2015 DSB operates (together with the First
Group from the UK, as DSBFirst) the regional trains around the Øresund
name Øresundståg. These trains run from Helsingør through Copenhagen
Denmark) and Malmö to Göteborg, Kalmar and Karlskrona in Sweden. Since
December 2011 Veolia operates the trains on the Swedish part of
Øresundståg due to financial problems at DSBFirst. DSB will operate the
trains on the Danish side until 2022, when SJ (from Sweden) will take
over. SJ will already operate the trains on the Swedish side from 2020.
From December 2020 Arriva will take over operation of Svendborg –
Odense and Struer – Vejle, including 20 Desiro DMUs.
In 2018 passenger traffic was down by 0.6% on 2017, to 186.7 million
passengers. Only traffic across the Øresund grew by 4%.
AD - Arriva
Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):
- standard gauge, not electrified
Since 15 December 2002 Arriva Danmark has taken over the operation of
local trains in Western Denmark for 7 years, and for a new period of
8(opt. +2) years from 2009. The lines involved are:
Århus-Langå-Viborg-Struer, Struer-Thisted, Struer-Holstebro-Skjern,
Århus-Skanderborg-Silkeborg-Herning, Herning-Skjern-Esbjerg and
At first Arriva hired 40 units class MR from DSB, but many of them have
in the mean time been replaced by new LINT DMUs. The 11 remaining units
class MR were also replaced by new LINT DMUs. In 2006 6.5 million
passengers travelled with Arriva.
In June 2012 Arriva took over full operations on the private VNJ
(Vestbanen, 51km) line Varde-Nørre Nebel with their own LINT DMUs, the
Lynette motor cars and trailers of VNJ are no longer used. The trains
now continue over the main line to Esbjerg without a change at Varde.
From 12/2020 Arriva will take over the operation of Svendborg – Odense
and Struer – Vejle from DSB (including 20 Desiro DMUs) but the
operation of Skjern – Holstebro (including 3 LINT DMUs) will go to
CFL - CFL
Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):
- standard gauge, not electrified
In January 2007 CFL Cargo from Luxemburg became the owner of DJ -
Danske Jernbaner Aps. It used to be a subsidiary of NEG from Germany
that is now also owned by CFL Cargo. CFL Cargo Danmark operates
open-acces freight trains in Western Denmark with second-hand diesel
DB - DB Cargo
Danmark Services A/S
Network length, gauge and electrification (2016):
DSB Cargo was sold on 1 January 2001 to Railion creating Railion
Danmark A/S. DSB acquired 2% of the Railion holding. The main freight
flow for Railion in Denmark is from Sweden and the Copenhagen area to
Padborg at the German border. In 2008 Green Cargo from Sweden bought
49% of Railion Danmark from
Deutsche Bahn, and Railion Danmark was renamed into Railion
Scandinavia later in 2008. In February 2009 the "final" name became DB
Schenker Rail Danmark Services A/S. In 2016 this became DB Cargo.
Freight traffic in 2001 amounted 7.2 million tonnes, 9.2% less than in
2000. The tonne-km figure fell by 2.1% to 2 billion tonne-km.
LT - Lokaltog
Network length, gauge and electrification (2015):
- 331km standard gauge, not electrified
In July 2015 Hovestadens Lokalbaner A/S and Regionstog merged into
Lokaltog A/S. This new company now operates all the former private
railways east of the Store Bælt. The lines operate are:
- Frederiksværkbanen (Hillerød-Hundested Havn, former HFHJ)
- Gribskovbanen (Hillerød-Kagerup-Tisvildeleje/Gilleleje, former
- Lille Nord (Hillerød-Helgingør, former LN/DSB)
- Hornbækbanen (Gilleleje-Helsingør, former HHGB)
- Nærumbanen (Jægersborg-Nærum, former LNJ)
- Østbanen (Køge-Hårlev-Rødvig/Fakse Ladeplads, former ØSJS)
- Tølløsebanen (Slagelse-Tølløse, former HTJ)
- Odsherredsbanen (Holbæk-Nykøbing S, former OHJ)
- Lollandsbanen (Nykøbing/Falster-Maribo-Nakskov, former LJ)
Together the companies operate 3 types of DMUs and have several diesel
locomotives, for mainline services mainly former DSB class MX/MY.
- Midtjyske Jernbaner
Network length, gauge and electrification (2009):
- 87km standard gauge, not electrified
MjbaD is the combination of former companies HHJ and VLTJ. It operates
trains between Århus and Odder (HHJ), Vemb-Lemvig and Lemvig-Thyborøn
(VLTJ). Freight trains are worked as far as Holstebro on the VLTJ
network. In 2012 DSB has taken over the operation of Århus-Odder
and now operates through Grenaa-Odder trains with Desiro trainsets (in
2019 to be replaced by trams). All
Lynette motor cars have been withdrawn and moved to Lemvig.
From 12/2020 MjbaD will take over operation of Skjern – Holstebro from
Arriva (including 3 LINT DMUs).
NJ - Nordjyske
Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):
- 58km standard gauge, not electrified
This new company is the merger of HP (Hirtshalsbanen or Hjørring
Privatbaner) and SB (Skagensbanen). It operates freight trains north of
Ålborg and passenger trains on the former HP ans SJ lines:
Hjørring-Hirtshals and Frederikshavn-Skagen. In 2006 980.000 passengers
travelled with NJ.
Since summer 2017 NJ has taken over the operation of local trains on
Skørping-Ålborg(hourly) and Ålborg-Hjørring(half-hourly)-Frederikshavn
from DSB, with new trainsets of type LINT from Alstom.
Last update: 01-06-2019