NSB - Norges
Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):
The original national railway company NSB has been split in an
infrastructure company, freight operating company CargoNet AS, and a
passenger operating company still called NSB.
NSB has five subsidiaries: NSB Persontrafikk
(operates passenger trains on the national network), NSB Anbud
(operates contracted passenger trains on the national network), NSB
(responsible for hauling broken-down trains and
rescueing passengers from stranded/derailed trains), Flytoget
(operates express trains to the Gardemoen airport outside Oslo, in the
mean time fully owned by the Norwegian state) and Mantena
(services rolling stock). In 2017 Mantena was/will be transferred to
Since 2006 first class seating is history in Norway. Instead,
travellers who want upgraded comfort and service, are offered the so
called "comfort service". This is still to consider as second class,
but with some better space, facilities for using laptops + free coffee
and newspapers. To a cost of NOK 75,- the service has been a certain
success - in fact so popular that you cannot be sure to get a peaceful
ride in these compartments anymore...
CargoNet is the national freight operator in Norway. It used to be
knows as NSB Gods. It closely cooperates with freight operators from
Sweden like Green Cargo, that was even partly owner of CargoNet. In
the Green Cargo stake in Cargonet was sold back to NSB, such that
Cargonet is now fully owned by NSB again.
In 2015 passenger traffic grew by 5.9% to 65.6 million passengers.
All passenger locomotives and trainsets are now owned by Norske Tog, in
preparation of groups of lines being tendered. NSB Anbud no longer
exists. From December 2019 (for 8 years) Go Ahead from the UK will
operate network 1 Sør consisting of Oslo-Stavanger, the branch line to
Arendal and local services around Stavanger. Trainsets from Norske Tog
will be used.
BN - Bane NOR
Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):
- 3910km standard gauge, 2509km electrified at 15kV 16.2/3Hz
On 1 January 2017 Bane NOR SF started as national Norwegian
railway infrastructure manager, a follow-up to Jernbaneverket. It
owns some departmental stock for track maintenance and measuring. The
network only has 214km of double track, but 730 tunnels, 2638 bridges
and 3254 level crossings!
In 2017 former NSB stock maintenance company Mantena (including its
subsidiary MiTrans, a former private
locomotive and stock repair company) was/will be transferred to Rom
Eiendom, the real estate unit of Bane NOR.
BS - Baneservice AS
Network length, gauge and electrification (2008):
Baneservice operates track maintenance trains and performs shunting
duties for other companies, like shunting for Hector Rail in Hønefoss
Network length, gauge and electrification (2016):
Flytoget is now fully owned by the Norwegian State. The company
express passenger trains to the airport of Oslo (Gardemoen).
GR - Grenland Rail AS
Network length, gauge and electrification (2009):
This company operates track maintence trains and performs shunting
duties at freight terminals.
ST - Sørtoget (Go Ahead)
Network length, gauge and electrification (2019):
In 2018 the British company Go Ahead won the tender to operate
in Southwestern Norway from December 2019 for 8 years, with a possible
of another two years. Long distance trains will be operated
between Oslo and Stavanger (Sørlandsbanen) and regional trains on
Nelaug-Arendal (Arendalsbanen) and Stavanger-Egersund (Jaerbanen).
The trainsets - owned by Norske Tog and currently used on the same
lines by NSB - will get refreshed interiors.
Last update: 04-01-2019