Railway Operators in Sweden


SJ AB - Statens Järnvägar

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The former SJ has been split in 2000 in different companies: SJ AB (passenger traffic), Green Cargo AB (freight), EuroMaint AB (stock maintenance) and TraffiCare AB (station services). In 2006 37.4 million passengers passengers travelled with SJ over in total 6.16 billion passenger-km. GC freight traffic amounted 32 billion tonne-km. In 2010 Green Cargo absorbed private operator TGOJ, taking over almost all of its locomotives and also the traffic flows.

SJ operates InterCity and high-speed (X2000) services, but also operates regional services that are known under their brand names:
Kust till Kust is the name for the service between Göteborg and Kalmar/Karlskrona.
Vättertåg is the brand name for the local services on Töreboda-Skövde-Falköping-Jönköping-Nässjö

In June 2008 SJ has taken over operation of the night trains Göteborg/Stockholm-Luleå/Narvik and the day train Luleå-Narvik from Transdev/Connex.
In spring 2012 SJ erected a new subsidiary Götalandståg, that took over the operations of Västtrafik from DSB from 1 May 2012. SJ also operates the trains of Tåg i Mälardalen (TiM).

Websites: http://www.sj.se/, http://www.greencargo.com/ and http://www.vasttrafik.se/

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AEX - Arlanda Express (A-Train AB)

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In November 1999 A-Train AB has started operating the "Arlanda Express" between Stockholm and Arlanda Airport with new trains class X3.
In 2012 3.3 million passengers used Arlanda Express to reach the airport.

Website: http://www.arlandaexpress.com/

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CFL - CFL cargo Sverige AB

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In early 2012 CFL Cargo, the freight operator from Luxemburg, bought a 51% share in Midcargo from Svensk Tågkraft AB and renamed the company into CFL Cargo Sverige AB.

Midcargo was the follow-up of BK Tåg Sverige AB after the bankrupcy of Inlandsgods that had bought all the shares. BK Tåg was one of the first private operators in Sweden. They started with passenger trains, but later freight trains followed. In March 2005 the passenger division of BK Tåg went bankrupt. The services operated by them (the Krösatågen network centered around Nässjö and Linköping-Kalmar/Västervik) were suspended.
CFL Cargo Sverige now mainly operates container traffic on Göteborg - Karlstad, Boxholm - Oskarshamn, Åhus - Göteborgs Hamn and Vaggeryd - Göteborg.

Website: http://www.cflcargo.se/

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CTS - Captrain Sweden AB (former Railcare)

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In 2013 Captrain Deutschland GmbH took over Railcare, forming Captrain Sweden AB. Railcare was an open-access freight operator. It used to be known as Bantåg Nordic, which itself emerged from the bankrupt Inlandsgods. Locomotive lease company and workshop Tree T is now also part of the company.
In 2016 Railcare Logistics and Three T merged into Railcare T that specialises in operating infrastructure maintenance trains and hiring locomotives and drivers to other companies.

Websites: http://www.captrain.se/ and http://www.railcare.se/

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EM - EuroMaint AB

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Euromaint is the company that owns and operates 13 workshops and depots around Sweden. It used to be part of SJ but was sold in 2007 to financial company Ratos.

Website: http://www.euromaint.se/

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HR - Hector Rail AB

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HectorRail has signed an agreement with ScandFibre Logistics for traction of daily trains between Hallsberg and Göteborg, Grums, Frövi, Norrköping, Dynäs and Piteå. The first trains departed June 12 2005, and the agreement will continue until December 31, 2010.
Euroshuttle has also signed a contract with HectorRail for their transports from Hallsberg to Halden (the Euroshuttle Berg Terminal) and later extended to Hönefoss in Norway, and from January 2008 Hector Rail operates trains between Sweden and Germany for Van Dieren Maritime (seated in The Netherlands).

Website: http://www.hectorrail.com/

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IBAB - Inlandsbanan AB

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This company operates freight and tourist trains on Mora-Östersund-Gällivare.

Website: http://www.inlandsbanan.se/

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IN - InfraNord

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InfraNord is the main track builder and track maintenance company in Sweden. It started as Banverket that merged in 2010 with Vägverket into one company Trafikverket. Trafikverket is still the traffic authority in Sweden but the track building and maintenance branch was split off in 2012 and renamed into InfraNord. InfraNord took over all locomotives and track maintenance equipment from Trafikverket.

Website: http://www.infranord.se/

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Krösatågen

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Krösatågen is the brand name used for regional trains between the following cities: Halmstad, Värnamo, Gnosjö, Växjö, Jönköping, Nässjö, Stockaryd, Tranås and Hultsfred.
The trains are owned by the regional authorities Hallandstrafiken, and Jönköpings Länstrafik. After the bankrupcy of BK Tåg the trains were taken over by Merresor, that also operated trains in Värmland and busses on Arlanda-Stockholm.
Since December 2010 DSB Småland AB from Denmark operated the trains on behalf of Jönköpings Länstrafik. In March 2014 Transdev has taken over for 5 years. From December 2018 Tagkompaniet will take over for 7 years.

Website: http://www.krosatagen.se/

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Kustpilen

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Originally Kustpilen was used as a brand name for express trains in southern Sweden, between Skåne and Blekinge. Nowadays Kustpilen trains operate on Linköping–Kalmar/Västervik. Responsible for Kustpilen trains is Kalmar Läns Trafik, the trains are operated by Transdev.

Website: http://www.klt.se/

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MTAB - Malmtrafik i Kiruna AB

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Actually there are two companies, both owned for the largest part by LKAB (Luossavaara-Kirunavaara Aktiebolaget): MTAB - owned for a small part by SJ - and MTAS (Malmtrafikk AS), owned for a small part by NSB from Norway. Together the MTAB and MTAS operate heavy iron ore freight trains for the LKAB from Kiruna and Malmberget to Narvik in Norway and Luleå in Sweden.

Website: http://www.lkab.com/

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MTR Express

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Since March 2015 MTR Express operates open-access passenger services between Stockholm and Göteborg with new FLIRT trainsets from Stadler in Switzerland.

Website: https://mtrexpress.se/

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NT - Norrtåg

Network length, gauge and electrification (2010):

Since 2010 Norrtåg operates passenger trains on railway lines in northern Sweden: Sundsvall-Umeå, Umeå-Luleå, Umeå-Lycksele, Luleå-Kiruna and Sundsvall-Åre, with options for more lines.
Until August 2016 the Norrtåg trains were operated by Botniatåg AB, a subsidiary of German Railways DB. Since then and until 2025 the service is carried out by TKAB.

Website: http://www.norrtag.se/

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Öresundståg

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Since the opening of the Öresund bridge, DSB from Denmark has operated the local services both on Swedish and Danish side, using a dedicated class of trainsets. Due to major losses, the operation of the Swedish part was taken over by Transdev.

Website: http://www.oresundstag.se/

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ÖT - ÖstgötaTrafiken

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Östgötatrafiken is the regional authority that orders and pays for the Östgötapendeln regional railway service on Norrköping-Linköping-Mjölby-Tranås-Nässjö-Jönköping. The service is carried out by Arriva Östgötapendeln (former DB Regio Sverige AB), the trainsets are owned by the province.

Website: http://www.ostgotatrafiken.se/

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Pågatågen - Skånetrafiken

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Pågatågen is the brand name of local passenger trains operated by Skånetrafiken between Ängelholm, Höö, Åstorp, Helsingborg, Lund, Ystad and Malmö.
Skånetrafiken also participates in Øresundståg, in cooperation with SJ.
Since June 2007 the local trains (26 trainsets class X11) are operated by Arriva, its first appearance in Sweden. These have been replaced by new trainsets from 2010.
In 2017 Arriva won the tender to operate trains from December 2018 for 8 more years.

In 2008 25.6 million passengers travelled with Pågatågen (10% more than in 2007).

Website: http://www.skanetrafiken.se/

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SL - Storstockholms Lokaltrafiks - Tåg

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This company is the railway division of the Stockholm public transportation company. They operate local trains (also narrow gauge!) around Stockholm. They also operate the city metro and 3 tram lines (Lidingö-, Nockeby- and the very new Tväbana).
From January 1998 the Roslagsbanan was operated by Linjebuss. Since January 2000 the former SJ network is operated by Citypendeln, a combination of Connex(F), Go Ahead(UK) and BK Tåg, for 5 years. Connex also won the contract to operate the Stockholm metro lines, including the Saltsjöbanan. Since January 2003 Roslagståg (80% DSB, 20% TKAB) operates trains on the Roslagsbanan. In June 2006 Stockholmståg (owned by SJ) has taken over the standard gauge commuter railway part for 5 years, later extended until December 2016.

Since August 2012 (Nockeby-, Tvär- and Saltsjöbanan) and January 2013 (Roslagsbanan) Arriva Sverige has taken over operations on SL, apart from the commuter railway lines. This concession will last for 8 years, with a possible extension to 12 years. The Lidingöbanan and Djurgardsbanan will be tendered later (after reconstruction, rebuilding them into tramways).

From December 2016 MTR Gamma AB will operate the standard gauge commuter trains (Pendeltågen) around Stockholm for a 10-year period (+4 more as an option). MTR Stockholm already operates the subway system in Stockholm, extended for 6 more years in September 2015.

Website: http://www.sl.se/

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STAB - Svensk Tågkraft AB

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SKAB mainly leases locomotives and personnel to other companies, for this they have quite a large fleet of second-hand locomotives, partly from Denmark. They also have workshops for train maintenance.

Website: http://www.tagkraft.se/

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TÅGAB - Tågakeriet i Bergslagen

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This company operates freight trains for the SJ on Kristinehamn- Hällefors/Persberg, Strömtorp-Bofors and Mariestad-Laxå, in addition to open-access freight trains. Three class TMY locomotives are used to haul trains for Jernbaneverket in Norway for a 5-year period.
TÅGAB has started its first passenger service on 13 December 2009, over the line Karlstad-Laxå-Göteborg. Since February 2012 they also operate on Falun-Kristinehamn-Göteborg after electrification of the Kristinehamn-Nykroppa part.

Website: http://www.tagakeriet.se/

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TF - Tågfrakt AB

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This company operates an open-access freight train on Örebro-Fallköping-Göteborg and performs shunting duties in Fallköping, Herrljunga, Borås and Örebro. In the past it has had different names, like Fallköping Terminal AB and Shortline Väst.

Website: http://www.tagfrakt.se/

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TiB - Tåg i Bergslagen

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In 2001 this new company started operating passenger trains in the Bergslagen region, on the lines Gävle-Falun-Borlänge, Falun-Borlänge-Hallsberg, Mora-Borlänge, Malung-Borlänge, Västerås-Fagersta-Ludvika and Gävle-Fagersta-Hallsberg.
They operate trains on behalf of X-Trafik, Länstrafiken Örebro, Västmanlands Lokaltrafik and Dalatrafik that own the trains. The trains are actually operated by SJ since December 2016 (TKAB operated from summer 2004 to winter 2016).

Website: http://www.tagibergslagen.se/

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TMR - TM Rail AB

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This new company operates open-access freight trains. The company is based in Örebro.

Website: http://www.tmrail.se/

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TXL - TX Logistik

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The German open-access freight train operator TX Logistik is now also active in Sweden. They have bought some locomotives but hired many more from e.g. SJ.

Website: http://www.txlogistik.eu/

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UppTåget - Upplands Läns Trafik AB

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This company manages regional trains on Gävle-Uppsala-Upplands Väsby. The service was carried out by SJ until summer 2011, when DSB(DK) took over.

Website: http://www.ul.se/

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VT - Västtrafik

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This company operates regional trains in a large area around Göteborg, for the Fyrbodal, Skaraborg, Sjuhärad and Göteborsområdet Län.
From Göteborg trains run up to Strömstad, Karlstad, Vänersborg, Skövde, Nässjö, Varberg, and on Uddevalla-Öxnered-Herrljunga-Borås-Varberg. All trains were actually operated by SJ, except for the diesel train Göteborg-Herrljunga-Mariestad-Laxå-Hallsberg (Kinnekulletåget) which is operated by Arriva. From June 2016 SJ will also take over the operation of these diesel trains.
Since December 2010 the trains of Västtrafik were operated by DSB First West AB, replaced by SJ Götalandståg - a new subsidiary of SJ - on 1 May 2012 because of very bad performance of DSB. SJ will keep on operating the trains until December 2024.

Website: http://www.vasttrafik.se/

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VTAB - Värmlandstrafik AB

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This company operates regional trains around Karlstad: (Örebro-)Degerfors-Karlstad-Charlottenberg(-Kongsvinger), Karlstad-Åmål and Karlstad-Sunne-Torsby. The trains are operated by Tågkompaniet(TKAB). The through trains Oslo-Karlstad-Stockholm are now once again operated by SJ.

Website: http://www.varmlandstrafik.se/

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X-Trafik - Gävleborgs Läns Trafik AB

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This company manages the regional trains from Gävle to Ljusdal and Gnarp. The service is actually carried out by TKAB.

Website: http://www.x-trafik.se/

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Last update: 02-04-2018