|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.|
|Madeleine Raukas (acting CEO)|
Henrik Rättzén (deputy CEO and CFO)
Siv Svensson (chairwoman)
|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 2001, 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||86||Night-train, Intercity, Regional||All painted black.|
|Electric multiple unit||SJ X2||44||Higher-speed (X 2000)||Grey livery, under refurbishment.|
|Electric multiple unit||SJ X12||7 (3 belong to Transitio)||Regional||4 units refurbished 2012-2014. Grey and blue livery. To be phased out and replaced by X50 units|
|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. Grey livery.|
The SJ overnight train services (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:
|Trains for Norrland|
|Route||Train number||Calling at|
|Umeå Central or Duved to Stockholm Central or Gothenburg Central||60/64/67/69/70/71/72/73/74/77/79||Duved portion:
Ånn, Undersåker, Järpen, Krokom, Östersund Central, Sundsvall Central
Umeå Östra, Nordmaling, Örnsköldsvik Central, Kramfors, Härnösand, Sundsvall C
|The two portions divide/attach at Sundsvall Central.|
Gävle Central, Uppsala Central (Set-down only), Arlanda Central (Set-down only)
Örebro Central, Hallsberg, Skövde Central
|Main Line South|
|Route||Train number||Calling at|
|Malmö Central to Stockholm Central||1/2||Eslöv, Hässleholm, Alvesta, Nässjö Central, Mjölby, Linköping Central, Norrköping Central, Katrineholm, Flen, Södertälje South|
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:
|Stockholm Central to Borlänge Central and Mora||2||Arlanda Central (Pickup only) Uppsala Central (Pickup only), Sala, Avesta Krylbo, Hedemora, Säter, Borlänge Central, Djurås, Gagnef, Insjön, Leksand, Tällberg, Rättvik, Mora||Rc6 or X55|
|Stockholm Central to Falun Central via Borlänge Central||2||Arlanda Central (Pickup only) Uppsala Central (Pickup only), Sala, Avesta Krylbo, Hedemora, Säter, Borlänge Central|
|Main Line North|
|Stockholm Central to Östersund Central and Duved||2||Arlanda Central (Pickup only) Uppsala Central (Pickup only), Gävle Central, Ockelbo, Bollnäs, Järvsö, Ljusdal, Ånge, Bräcke, Östersund Central, Undersåker, Åre, Duved||Rc6 or X40|
|Main Line West|
|Stockholm Central to Gothenburg Central||3||Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Hallsberg, Skövde Central, Herrljunga||Rc6|
|Main Line South|
|Stockholm Central to Malmö Central||3||Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Norrköping Central, Linköping Central, Nässjö Central, Alvesta, Hässleholm, Eslöv, Lund||Rc6|
|Värmland and Norway|
|Stockholm Central to Karlstad Central and Oslo Central||3||Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Hallsberg, Degerfors, Kristinehamn, Karlstad Central, Arvika, Kongsvinger||Rc6|
Most of the SJ Regional network is concentrated in the area around lake Mälaren. Operated with either Rc-hauled trainsets, X12/X14 or X40 EMUs. These trains have no cateriong on board. The X40 is equipped with free 4G WiFi in cooperation with TeliaSonera. Both first and second-class are usually offered.
Most of this network has been incorporated into the new Mälartåg franchise, although some services remain outside of it.
Routes listed below are the satellite routes which are not subject to franchising.
|Stockholm Central to Hallsberg
and Gothenburg Central via Köping
|2||Sundbyberg, Bålsta, Enköping, Västerås Central, Köping, Arboga, Örebro Central, Örebro South, Kumla, Hallsberg, Laxå, Töreboda, Skövde Central, Falköping Central||X40|
|Gothenburg Central to
Karlstad Central via Åmål
|1tp2h||Trollhättan, Öxnered, Mellerud, Åmål, Säffle, Grums, Kil||X51|
|Gothenburg Central to
|4tpd||Borås Central, Limmared, Hestra, Gnosjö, Värnamo, Alvesta, Växjö, Lessebo, Emmaboda, Nybro||Rc6|
SJ operate a couple of regional rail franchises held by public transport authorities around the country. The most significant of these are Mälartåg and Västtågen serving the Mälaren valley and the region of West Götaland respectively. SJ AB also started operatingthe Öresundtåg franchise for the 2019 timetable, taking over from Transdev.
|Gävle Central to Linköping Central via Nyköping||1||Tierp, Uppsala Central, Arlanda Central, Stockholm Central, Flemingsberg, Södertälje South, Nyköping, Norrköping Central
Limited InterCity service Ljusdal - Stockholm
|Sala to Linköping Central via Kvicksund and Hälleforsnäs||1||Ransta, Västerås Central, Dingtuna, Kolbäck, Kvicksund, Eskilstuna Central, Hällefornäs, Flen, Katrineholm, Norrköping Central||X12 or X40 or X50|
|Stockholm Central to Hallsberg via Flen||1||Flemingsberg, Södertälje South, Gnesta, Flen, Katrineholm, Vingåker||X40|
|Stockholm Central to Hallsberg via Eskinstuna Central||1||Flemingsberg, Södertälje South, Läggesta, Strängnäs, Eskilstuna Central, Kungsör, Arboga, Örebro Central, Örebro South, Kumla||X40|
|Gothenburg Central to Töreboda||2||Alingsås, Vårgårda, Herrlunga, Floby, Falköping Central, Stenstorp, Skövde Central
some trains extend to Töreboda
Some trains originate/terminate at Nässjö revesing at Falköping Central
|Nässjö Central to Skövde Central or Gothenburg Central||2||Forserum, Tenhult, Huskvarna, Jönköping Central, Bankeryd, Habo, Mullsjö, Sandhem, Falköping Central
Some through services to Gothenburg (see above)
|Gothenburg Central to Uddevalla and Strömstad||2||Ytterby, Kode, Stora Höga, Stenugnsund, Svenshögen, Ljungskile, Uddevalla East, Uddevalla Central, Munkedal, Eingle, Hällevadsholm, Rabbalshede, Tanum, Överby, Skee||X51|
|Uddevalla Central to Borås Central via Herrljunga||2||Öxnered, Vänersborg Central, Vargön, Grästorp, Vara, Vedum, Herrljunga, Ljung, Torpåkra, Mollaryd, Borgstend, Fristad, Viskafors
Services continue to Varberg (see below).
|Borås Central to Varberg||2||Viskafors, Fritsla, Kinna, Assberg, Skene, Berghem, Björketorp, Horred, Veddige, Derome, Tofta||X12|
|Gothenburg commuter rail|
|Gothenburg Central to Alingsås||2||Sävenäs, Partille, Jonsered, Aspen, Aspedalen, Stenkullen, Floda, Norsesund, Västra Bodarna Alingsås||X52|
|Gothenburg Central to Älvängen||2||Gamlestaden, Surte, Bohus, Nödinge, Nol, Älvängen||X52|
|Gothenburg Central to Kungsbacka||2||Mölndal Central, Kållered, Lindome, Anneberg, [Kungsbacka] Hede, Kungsbacka||X51|
|Öresundståg - Øresundstog|
|Gothenburg Central to Østerport||2||Mölndal, Kungsbacka, Åsa, Varberg, Falkenberg, Halmstad Central, Laholm, Båstad, Ängelholm, Helsingborg Central, Landskrona, Lund Central, Malmö Central (low level), Triangeln, Hyllie (Border control and crew change), Copenhagen Airport, Tåmby, Örestad, Copenhagen Central, Nørreport||X31K|
|Kalmar Central to Østerport||1||Nybro, Emmaboda, Lessebo, Växjö, Alvesta, Hässleholm, Höör, Eslöv, Lund Central, Malmö Central (low level), Triangeln, Hyllie (Border control and staff change), Copenhagen Airport, Tåmby, Örestad, Copenhagen Central, Nörreport||X31K|
|Karlskrona Central to Østerport||1||Bergåsa, Ronneby, Bräkne-Hoby, Kalrshamn, Mörrum, Sölvesborg- Kristianstad Central, Hässleholm, Höör, Eslöv, Lund Central, Malmö Central (low level), Triangeln, Hyllie (Border control and staff change), Copenhagen Airport, Tåmby, Ørestad, Copenhagen Central, Nørreport||X31K|
|Lund Central to Helsingør||2||Malmö Central (low level), Triangeln, Hyllie (Border control and staff change), Copenhagen Airport, Tåmby, Ørestad, Copenhagen Central, Nørreport, Østerport, Hellerup, Klampenborg, Skodsborg, Vedbæk, Rungsted Kyst, Kokkedal, Nivå, Humlebæk, Espergærde, Snekkersten||X32K|
The initial contract for the Mälartåg franchise states that the operator may use their own fleet [of X12, X40 and X50 stock] until the delivery of ER1 Stadler Dosto 200 EMUs is completed. There are plans to merge the Upptåget franchise into Mälartåg onwards from the 2022 timetable, meaning that services from Gävle gain additional stations inherited from the termination of the Upptåget franchise.
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.
|Gothenburg Central to Copenhagen Central||10||Varberg, Halmstad Central, Helsingborg Central, Lund Central, Malmö Central, Copenhagen Airport||X2|
|Stockholm Central to Sundsvall Central
and Umeå Central
|1tp2h||Arlanda Central (Pickup only) Uppsala Central (Pickup only), Gävle Central, Söderhamn, Hudiksvall, Sundsvall Central , Härnösand, Kramfors, Örnsköldsvik Central, Umeå East, Umeå Central
Some trains originate/terminate at Sundsvall on weekends
|Main Line North|
|Stockholm Central to Östersund Central and Duved via Gävle central and Bollnäs||1tp2h||Arlanda Central (Pickup only) Uppsala Central (Pickup only), Gävle Central, Ockelbo, Bollnäs, Järvsö, Ljusdal, Ånge, Bräcke, Östersund Central, Undersåker, Åre, Duved||X2 or X55|
|Main Line West|
|Stockholm Central to Gothenburg Central||1tp2h||Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Hallsberg, Skövde Central, Herrljunga||X2|
|Stockholm Central tu Uddevalla||3tpd||Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Hallsberg, Skövde Central, Herrljunga||X2|
|Main Line South|
|Stockholm Central to Malmö Central||5||Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Norrköping Central, Linköping Central, Nässjö Central, Alvesta, Hässleholm, Eslöv, Lund||X2|
|Stockholm Central to Jönköping Central
|3||Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Norrköping Central, Linköping Central, Nässjö Central||X2|
|Stockholm Central to Karlstad Central||7||Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Hallsberg, Degerfors, Kristinehamn||X2 or X55|
Stops at Arlanda and Uppsala are for boarding northbound or alighting southbound respectively, although passengers with railcards are exempted from this rule.
On 7 June 2020 SJ Norge will commence operating services on the Trøndelag Commuter Rail, as well 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) as well 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 (interchange with Norrtåg toward 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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