Many of the private operators actually lease their trains from SJ
or even hire SJ to drive them on their own behalf. Therefore in Sweden it is always a bit difficult to say
which train is from a private operator and which is not. This example at our title picture is a Bombardier built
Regina train of the class X50 driving on behalf of TiM, Trafik i Mälardalen. Similarly to TiM Sweden is full of
regional "private" train operators, collectively called as Länstrafiken where the region or county often owns a share of
the company. Regina trains are quite typically their choise for an EMU. There are Reginas by the private operators
of five different classes X50-X54 belonging to over ten operators.
FUNET railway pictures archive - Sweden - Private operators' electric and diesel multiple units
Please note that subsidiaries and joint ventures of SJ are also shown on this page although they might strictly speaking be considered as not private.
Arlanda Express is the fast train connection between Stockholm central station and the Stockholm-Arlanda airport. For this connection they have specially designed trains used nowhere else. It is operated by a company called A-train AB, which has for the purpose seven class X3 electric multiple units, built by Alstom in Birmingham GB in 1998-99. Their max speed is 200 km/h and they can run the Stockholm-Arlanda route in just 20 minutes. Picture at Arlanda airport station 11.8.20012 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Inlandsbanan is a 1288 km long railway line along the woodlands and upper hills all the way from Kristinehamn in the south to Gällivare in Lapland in the north. Inlandsbanan is also a train operator company, mostly referred to by its shorthand name IBAB (Inlandsbanan AB). IBAB runs mostly cargo trains, especially wood, but also some occasional passenger services using old Fiat made Y1 diesel railbuses.
Inlandsbanan class Y1 at Älvho (on the Mora-Östersund line). The class Y1 is a further development of an Italian railcar, class 668 and its key builder was Fiat. Therefore these trains have often been called Fiats, although most were already a long time ago remotorised by Swedish made engines. Photo by Marco van Uden (9k) Uploaded Nov 29 1995
A more recent picture of the IBAB railbus, class Y1. During recent years the only passenger traffic on the Inlandsbanan route has been performed by just this one old railbus, one train pair per day. And the service isn't covering all of the long Inlandsbanan route, but just a modest part of it. In the past, SJ's yellow railbuses from the 1950s used to run on the entire route. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo 23.8.2009 in Mora.
Kalmar Länstrafik / Kustpilen / Veolia
An old class Y1 railbus in use by Veolia on the so called Kustpilen service of Kalmar Länstrafik between Linköping and Kalmar. Compare with the ones shown on this page above, under the title IBAB. See also an older picture on this same page under the title Östgötatrafiken. Picture in Linköping 29.6.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Länstågen / BK tåg
This is something you wouldn't find any more: FIAT Ferroviaria built class Y1 railbuses in old SJ's paintings, but with additional colorful "Länstågen" stickers. In 2003, when this picture was taken these Fiats had already received Volvo's engines. Later they were sent to Kosovo and other eastern European new users. Picture in Jönköping 2.3.2003 by Ilkka Siissalo.
A typical Norrtåg train is a Coradia Nordic of the class X62 made by Alstom. They are new, but at least in the very beginning Norrtåg had severe problems with them since the Coradias of French/German design could not handle the huge amounts of snow which are so typical to Swedish north. Norrtåg even had to buy old second hand X10 and X11 trains to replace them. Photo at Norrtåg depot in Umeå 9.6.2014 by Ilkka Siissalo.
When Norrtåg first got their brand new X62 Coradias, they had a lot of difficulties. They are essentially of French design by Alstom and they were not fit for the harsh winters up in Lapland. To get quickly at least something that was able to move, Norrtåg bought from Skånetrafiken several of their roughly 40 years old Pågatåg trains of class X11. In 2014 they were in use up in the north still with Skånetrafiken's colours and texts, which looked very odd indeed. Now in 2016 the same old trains are still there and still in use, but at least they have received Norrtåg's own painting by now. Photo at Norrtåg depot in Umeå 14.7.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.
MTR Express is a totally new private operator competing in long distance express trains with the previous state monopoly SJ since 2015. MTR is owned by MTR Corporation of Hong Kong. The trains are brand new Swiss Stadler built EMUs of the third generation of Stadler's FLIRT family, with a fairly luxurious inner design. The Swedish train claas designation is class X74 with a max speed of 200 km/h. MTR runs several times per day the route Stockholm - Göteborg with just two (or once a day three) stops in between, at prices roughly 20% below SJ's pricing. Picture of an MTR FLIRT at Stockholm central station 25.9.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo (with special thanks to Juha Riihimäki, who helped to recover the already once totally lost picture).
Skånetrafiken / Pågatåg
A Coradia Nordic class X61 train of Skånetrafiken in full speed near the Burlöv station in Skåne. These are the newest trains of Skånetrafiken. Skånetrafiken by the way calls its commuter trains by the service name Pågatågen. Picture near Burlöv 18.9.2014 by Ilkka Siissalo.
During the time when Skånetrafiken had already ordered their new Coradia Nordic trains but had not yet received them, they rented temporarily some Bombardier Regina trains from other operators. Here is a Regina with Skånetrafiken's tapings at Lund station 22.7.2010. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.
These were the predecessors of the modern Coradias at Skånetrafiken's Pågatåg service. It's an ex-SJ class X11, then already at least 40 years old and with -hmm?- a rather awful painting. Picture at Lund station 22.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.
This picture is still from those times when all of Skånetrafiken's trains were old X10 or X11 units painted violet and nobody could even imagine anything better. Picture of an X10 from Malmö station 2.3.2003 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Trafik i Mälardalen, TiM
Tåg i Bergslagen, TiB
Tåg i Bergslagen is again one of the so called "Länstrafiken" regional services. The company which operates it, is Tågkompaniet. Norwegian state railways owns a majority stake in the company. And just like with the other similar services run by the same company (Xtåget, TiM, Vermlandstrafiken) the typical trains are modern Bombardier Reginas. This is a Bombardier Regina X52 in Borlänge. Picture 23.8.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Värmlandstrafiken's Regina of the class X53 has just reached its final destination Kongsvinger on the Norwegian side of the border and soon a number of passengers can rush to a waiting NSB FLIRT to take them to Oslo. Photo in Kongsvinger 30.6.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.
X-trafik / Xtåget
X-trafik is the local "Länstrafiken" operator around the city of Gävle. This is one of their Xtåget trains. it is a Bombardier built Regina of the class X52. Picture at Sundsvall central station 14.7.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.
When the bridge + tunnel connection between Sweden and Denmark over and under the Öresund strait was opened, a Swedish-Danish joint venture was created to handle passenger traffic. It got the name Øresundståg and was first run by DSBFirst, which was a joint venture of the Danish state railways DSB and the First bank. However, after a while First pulled out of the consortium after heavy losses. Øresundståg ordered "rubbernose" trains of the class X31 from Bombardier, former Kalmar Verkstäderna. Part of the Øresundståg X31s are owned by SJ and part by DSB. They run a frequent service between the two countries and also several routes deep into Sweden, for example to Kalmar, Göteborg and Karlskrona. Here is a typical Øresundståg X31, still with the DSBFirst stickers, at Växjö station 30.6.2010. Photo by Ilkka Siissalo.
Östgötatrafiken's old X14 trains were not always as ugly as they are today (/ were recently). In 2003 this X14 still looked quite decent in its new white painting. Picture in Linköping 3.3.2003 by Ilkka Siissalo.
In 2003 Östgötatrafiken still had some old class Y1 diesel railbuses made by Fiat Ferroviaria. The one on the left is in the colours of Veolia, the new operator of the service. Picture in Linköping 3.3.2003 by Ilkka Siissalo.