Storstockholms Lokaltrafik SL is a really big operator running buses,
trams, the Stockholm metro, commuter trains around Stockholm, a narrow gauge train network from the Stockholm East station
as well as some very special trains and trams such as the Lidingöbanan, the Saltsjöbanan and the Tvärbanan routes.
This picture shows two of SL's newest commuter train units of the class X60, which is an Alstom built train of the type
Coradia Nordic. As you can see, two Coradia Nordics in a row makes a really long train. Picture at the Flemingsberg station
13.7.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.
This picture shows two of SL's newest commuter train units of the class X60, which is an Alstom built train of the type Coradia Nordic. As you can see, two Coradia Nordics in a row makes a really long train. Picture at the Flemingsberg station 13.7.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.
FUNET railway pictures archive - Sweden - Storstockholms Lokaltrafik
Storstockholms Lokaltrafik SL's normal gauge commuter trains
This was the time when the Alstom built Coradia Nordic trains of the class X60 were brand new. A local commuter train composed of two X60 sets is leaving the Stockholm central station 7.11.2009. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.
Another view of two Coradia Nordic X60 series trains just leaving Stockholm C. The trains look immensely long even when a long zoom causes a shortening effect in the picture. Picture 19.1.2008 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Memories from days gone by: A class X1 train approaching Stockholm central station on a snowy winter day 19.1.2008. Nowadays it is almost impossible to find any of the X1 trains any more, because the modern Coradias of the class X60 have replaced them. Picture at Stockholm C 19.1.2008 by Ilkka Siissalo.
X10 3164 at Stockholm Central Station, May 1997. It was that time the only one which was painted in advertisement colours. "Gula Sidorna" is the "Yellow Pages" in the phone book. The other side was white. Photo by Urban Fredriksson (4k) Uploaded Jun 18 1997
X10 3165 at Stockholm Central Station, May 1997. It showed the new, lighter, blue colours that the X10s and X1s around Stockholm had since the end of the 1990s. Photo by Urban Fredriksson. (1k) Uploaded Jun 18 1997
X1 3035 at Stockholm Central Station, Dec 1996. This and newer X10 were in the 1990s the two types of EMUs used in the regional commuter traffic in the Stockholm area. Similar ones are operated in regional traffic in other areas. Photo by Urban Fredriksson. (3k) Uploaded Jun 18 1997
Storstockholms Lokaltrafik SL's trams
Stockholm got its first electric trams in 1901 and tram traffic kept expanding until then in 1967 Sweden decided to change all road traffic from the English style left hand traffic to the more normal keeping to the right. This of course meant getting rid of the old tram tracks which were by then on the wrong side of the street. One line with modified historic trams was kept however and the based on this line no 7. a new start has began. There is currently still only one tram line in the city center, but there are light rail type fast trams elsewhere. The island of Lidingö is served by Lidingöbanan, which for a long time had over 50 years old trams but in 2015-16 got brand new bidirectional trams from CAF in Spain. The Tvärbanan is a ring route a bit further away. There the tracks are like train tracks but the wagons are clearly trams. And then there is the Saltsjöbanan, which is more of a real train.
Before receiving their own new Flexity Classic trams, SL rented trams from elsewhere for test traffic on the city center line no. 7. This one is also a Flexity Classic, but rented from the tramways of Linköping and then just taped to get an "SL look". Picture at Nybroplan 19.10.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo
Since 1991 the fund Stiftelsen Stockholms Museispårvagnar and the society Svenska Spårvägssälskapet have been keeping a live museum tram traffic on the line 7B, Djurgårdslinjen with historic trams not only from Stockholm but also from other cities. This one is a so called Ängbyvagn, class (littera) A24B which were for a very long time used at the Lidingöbanan. It is built by Asea in 1949. Picture at Nybroplan 19.10.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Roslagsbanan is a narrow gauge railway system operated by SL from the Stockholm Östra station. It has a somewhat exotic gauge: 891 mm and it uses 1500V DC current just like typical trams do. It has 3 branches and operates to the north and to the east of Stockholm. Since 2013 the operator has been Arriva Sverige on behalf of SL. Prsently all the trains are similar and they were built by ABB in 1988-1995. The motorised coach is called littera (type) X10p.
This is something that you are not likely to see anymore: a locomotive running a passenger train at Roslagsbanan. Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) Roslagsbanan, 891 mm locomotive class Bdp at Östra Station in Stockholm. Photo by Marco van Uden. (12k) Uploaded Nov 29 1995
Lidingöbanan serves the island of Lidingö. The line starts from the Ropsten metro station, then crosses a huge bridge over to Lidingö and the finally splits into two branches, the main line being between Ropsten and Gåshaga brygga. It is marked as line 21. The line is normal gauge 1435 mm and it is 9,2 km long. There are plans to connect the Lidingö line and the city center line no 7. to provide one single service.
A brand new CAF Urbos AXL tram 552 just after crossing the bridge from Ropsten has arrived to Lidingö and will soon stop at the first tram stop Torsvik in the Herserud part of Lidingö. Picture 13.7.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.
This is how the well over 50 years old previous Lidingöbanan trams used to look like after all the modifications. The picture is taken from far away through a hotel window with a powerful zoom and it shows the old train on the bridge between Ropsten and the island of Lidingö. Picture 20.1.2008 by Ilkka Siissalo.
This is history by now: The over 50 years old Lidingöbanan trains in 2003. After all the modifications it was hard to say if these should have been called trams or trains. Picture at Ropsten station 27.4.2003 by Ilkka Siissalo.
This museum tram is seen here on the museum tram line 7B near Djurgården, but this is a tram built for the Lidingöbanan by Asea in 1944 and it shows what the trams used to look like before all the modifications and modernisations. Compare with the previous picture. Photo at Djurgården 27.4.2003 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Saltsjöbanan (salty sea train) starts from the Slussen metro station close to the old town of Stockholm and leads south to Saltsjöbaden (salty sea bathing place) in Nacka in around 19km long line. It is normal gauge 1435mm and operates with 750V DC. The trains still used today are of the classes C10 and C11, which are old used metro trains of the class C8 but modified to take electricity using a pantograph from above. New trains are expected to arrive soon.
A typical Saltsjöbanan train ready to leave from the Slussen station. Notice how this old ex-metro train has received funny metal "bumps" at its sides to prevent stupid passengers from falling from the platforms into the gap between the train and the platform. The lady walking towards the camera is train photographer Sanna Siissalo. Photo at Slussen station 13.12.2008 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Stockholm's metro, Tunnelbanan
Stockholm has a very extensive metro network. They call it Tunnelbanan, the railroad in a tunnel. The total length of the metro system is about 110 kilometres, gauge width is normal gauge 1435mm and as usual with metro systems, the electricity is taken from a third rail by the side. There are 7 lines, most of which use 650V DC, but the blue line uses 750V.
One of the old C8 trains of the so called blue line at the Kungsträdgården station. These trains have been long ago replaced by now, but look at the resemblance with the Saltsjöbaden line's train above. Picture 26.4.2003 by Ilkka Siissalo.
This is how most of the Stockhom Tunnelbanan trains look like today, but even newer trains will arrive soon. This is a class C20 train built by ADtranz 1997-2004. Picture by the Ropsten station 27.4.2003 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Tvärbanan, in English Cross railroad, also known as Nockebybanan is a light rail system, which most of the time operates like a train but in certain places goes to streets and runs like a tram. The long line runs around the whole city center from Sickla in the southeast to Solna in the north cruising around the city in a clockwise direction. The trams used are Flexity Swift trams, known in Stockholm as class A32. Newer trams have been ordered from CAF in Spain and these will then be the class C35.