Railway Operators in Norway

NSB - Norges Statsbaner (Vy)

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 Berging (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 Bane NOR.
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 2010 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.

In March 2018 NSB has merged its train and bus operations in Norway and Sweden under the new common brand Vy, with the goal of providing a single multi-modal door-to-door transport service.

Websites: http://www.nsb.no/, https://www.visitflam.com/flamsbana/ and http://www.cargonet.no/

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BN - Bane NOR SF

Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):

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 transferred to Rom Eiendom, the real estate unit of Bane NOR.

Websites: http://www.banenor.no/ and http://www.mantena.no/

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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 and Halden.

Website: http://www.baneservice.no/

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Flytoget AS

Network length, gauge and electrification (2016):

Flytoget is now fully owned by the Norwegian State. The company operates express passenger trains to the airport of Oslo (Gardemoen).

Website: http://www.flytoget.no/

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GR - Grenland Rail AS

Network length, gauge and electrification (2009):

This company operates track maintence trains and performs shunting duties at freight terminals.

Website: http://www.grenlandrail.no/

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ST - Sørtoget (Go Ahead)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2019):

In 2018 the British company Go Ahead won the tender to operate passenger trains in Southwestern Norway from December 2019 for 8 years, with a possible extension 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: 15-03-2019