|Predecessor||Swedish State Railways|
|Founded||1 January 2001|
|Sweden. Also Norway: Ofoten Line to Narvik, Kongsvinger Line to Oslo; and Denmark: Öresund Line to Copenhagen.|
|Crister Fritzson (CEO)|
Siv Svensson (chairman)
|Revenue||7.8 billion SEK (2017)|
|Owner||Government of Sweden|
Number of employees
|approx. 4500 (2017)|
SJ (formally SJ AB) is a government-owned passenger train operator in Sweden. SJ was created in 2000, out of the public transport division of Statens Järnvägar, when the former government agency was divided into six separate government-owned limited companies. In 2018 SJ carried 31.8 million passengers.
SJ's operations fall broadly into subsidised and unsubsidised services. The unsubsidised services was until 2011 monopoly and consist mainly of the X 2000 higher speed train network. The subsidised trains are awarded through competitive bids. However, some trains fall in between these categories, since public transit agencies can pay SJ to allow transit pass holders access to SJ's trains.
SJ received a government bailout a few years after its creation, but has since had profit margins of up to ten per cent. All train operators in Sweden pay low track access charges to the track authority, Trafikverket.
X2 serves for higher speed trains, with a top speed of 200 km/h, and tilts during high speed turns. The trains serve the Stockholm-Gothenburg (Västra Stambanan), Stockholm-Malmö-Copenhagen (Södra Stambanan and Öresund Line), Stockholm-Sundsvall and, seasonally, Stockholm-Strömstad, Stockholm-Oslo and Stockholm-Östersund-(Duved) lines. There are about 40 X2 sets in service. X55 is a newer train introduced in 2012. The interior is mainly modern style, and the train has a top speed of 200 km/h and serves Stockholm-Östersund-(Duved) (Mittbanan-Norra Stambanan)-Stockholm-Uddevalla (Västra Stambanan and Bohusbanan) to advance to Gothenburg for night parking-Stockholm-Sundsvall-Umeå (Ostkustbanan, Botniabanan), Gothenburg-Malmö (Västkustbanan) and Stockholm-Karlstad (Västra Stambanan), Stockholm-Falun/Mora (Dalabanan).
InterCity trains are Rc-hauled trains, often many 2nd class cars. Most InterCity trains also have a bistro car.
SJ Regional services include double-deckers (X40), pull and push trains, X12, X14 and X52 cars. The trains do not serve meals or drinks. The trains do not usually travel distances over 4 hours, except Stockholm-Karlstad on Fridays, Coast to Coast and Stockholm-Gothenburg via Örebro. Not all trains have first class, and these trains are usually used as commuter trains. A normal order in a pull train is AB7-BF7-B7 or B7-BF7-B7 or AB7-B7-BF7-B7. These trains are not usually longer than 4 cars, except Uppsalapendeln (Stockholm-Uppsala) which often has 8 cars and is a push and pull.
|Electric locomotive||SJ Rc6||100||Night-train, Intercity, Regional||Mostly painted black, a few in old dark-blue livery.|
|Electric multiple unit||SJ X2||44||Higher-speed (X 2000)||Painted grey. To be modernised.|
|Electric multiple unit||SJ X12||7||Regional||Refurbished 2012-2014. Painted grey.|
|Electric multiple unit||SJ X40||43||Regional||Painted grey.|
|Electric multiple unit||SJ X55||20||Higher-speed (SJ 3000)||Used on higher speed lines to northern Sweden, Karlstad and Uddevalla from Stockholm. Painted grey.|
The SJ Night train (Swedish: SJ Nattåg) are Rc locomotive-hauled trains with both sleeper wagons as well as standard wagons. All services except for the Stockholm-Malmö route have a bistro wagon. The night-trains are operated on the following lines:
The InterCity services are Rc-hauled trains with standard-seating carriages in both first and second class. There is always a bistro wagon available in the trainset.
Lines with InterCity service:
Regional services chiefly in the area around lake Mälaren. Operated with either Rc-hauled trainsets, X12/X14 or X40 EMUs. Food and drinks are not sold on board. The X40 is equipped with free 4G WiFi in cooperation with TeliaSonera. Both first and second-class are usually offered.
SJ higher speed trains (Swedish: SJ Snabbtåg) are X2 or X55 trains operating on the main routes in Sweden. The train is equipped with WiFi and has a bistro.
On 7 June 2020 SJ Norge will commence operating services on the Trøndelag Commuter Rail, aswell as the Meråker, Røros, Rauma, Nordland, the Saltpendel Line and the Dovre Regional Line under a 10 year contract with the Norwegian Railway Directorate.
SJ Is also set to start up Train Services on the Stockholm - Trondheim stretch as soon as the Norwegian part of the railway is electrified.
SJ will operate trains owned by Norske Tog (Norwegian Trains) and these are:
Class 76 or Stadler FLIRT Bio-Mode's (Hybrid Electric EMUs) aswell as Di - 4 Diesel-Electric Locomotives, Class 92 Duewag DMUs,
EL18 Electric Locomotives, Class 93 Bombardier Talent DMUs and Class 73 ADtranz EMUs.
The Railway Stretches SJ Norge is set to operate:
? Steinkjer - Trondheim Central
? Steinkjer - Lerkendal/Trondheim Outskirts
? Steinkjer - Lundamo
? Steinkjer - Melhus
? Lerkendal/Trondheim Outskirts - Trondheim Central
? Trondheim Central - Heimdal
? Trondheim Central - Melhus
? Trondheim Central - Lundamo
? Trondheim Central - Røros
? Trondheim Central - Stjørdal/Værnes Airport
? Heimdal - Storlien/Östersund
? Trondheim Central - Bodø
? Trondheim Central - Mo i Rana
? Trondheim Central - Oslo Central
? Rotvoll - Røros
? Rotvoll - Støren
? Steinkjer - Støren
? Røros - Hamar
? Stockholm - Trondheim
From September 2009, the train operator SJ requires an identity document from passengers with a pre-paid ticket (which is mandatory on many trains). These have to be a Nordic ID card or any passport. This is due to an effort to stop private trading of train tickets.
SJ's X40 units are the first double-decker trains to operate in Sweden since 1982.
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