Railway Operators in Denmark


DSB - Danske Statsbaner

Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):

On the 1st of January 1999 DSB was split up in different parts: 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 under the name Øresundståg. These trains run from Helsingør through Copenhagen (both 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.

In 2016 passenger numbers were 0.05% less at 193 million.

Website: http://www.dsb.dk/ and http://www.bane.dk/

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AD - Arriva Denmark

Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):

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 Esbjerg-Tønder-Niebüll(D).
At first Arriva hired 40 units class MR from DSB, but many of them have in the mean time been replaced by new LINT DMUs.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 Varre-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 Varre.

Website: http://www.arriva.dk/

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CFL - CFL Cargo Danmark

Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):

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 locomotives.

Website: http://www.cflcargo.dk/

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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.

Website: http://www.rail.dbschenker.dk/

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LT - Lokaltog A/S

Network length, gauge and electrification (2015):

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: Together the companies operate 3 types of DMUs and have several diesel locomotives, for mainline services mainly former DSB class MX/MY.

Website: http://www.lokaltog.dk/

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MjbaD - Midtjyske Jernbaner

Network length, gauge and electrification (2009):

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. All Lynette motor cars have been withdrawn and moved to Lemvig.

Website: http://www.mjba.dk/

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NJ - Nordjyske Jernbaner

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

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.

Website: http://www.njba.dk/

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Last update: 10-07-2017