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.[4]

SJ AB
State-owned enterprise
FateActive
PredecessorSwedish State Railways
Founded1 January 2001
Headquarters,
Area served
Sweden. Also Norway: Ofoten Line to Narvik, Kongsvinger Line to Oslo; and Denmark: Öresund Line to Copenhagen.
Key people
Madeleine Raukas (acting CEO)[1]
Henrik Rättzén (deputy CEO and CFO)
Siv Svensson (chairwoman)[2]
ProductsRail transport
Revenue7.8 billion SEK (2017)[3]
OwnerGovernment of Sweden[3]
Number of employees
approx. 4500 (2017)[3]
SubsidiariesSJ Götalandståg
SJ Norge
SJ Norrlandståg
SJ Öresundståg
Stockholmståg
Websitewww.sj.se

OverviewEdit

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.

Rolling stockEdit

SJ higher speed services (SJ Snabbtåg)Edit

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).

SJ InterCityEdit

InterCity trains are Rc-hauled trains, often many 2nd class cars. Most InterCity trains also have a bistro car.

SJ RegionalEdit

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.

Image Type Class In fleet Usage Notes
  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.

ServicesEdit

Sleeper services - SJ NattågEdit

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:[5]

Trains for Norrland
Route Train number Calling at
Duved to Stockholm Central or Gothenburg Central 71/72 Ånn, Undersåker, Järpen, Krokom, Östersund Central, Sundsvall Central
The two portions divide/attach at Sundsvall Central.
Stockholm portion:
Gävle Central, Uppsala Central (Set-down only), Arlanda Central (Set-down only)
Gothenburg portion:
Örebro Central, Hallsberg, Skövde Central
Arctic Circle Train
Route Train number Calling at
Stockholm Central to Narvik via Boden Central and Luleå Central 2 Arlanda Central (Pick-up only), Uppsala Central (Picl-up only), Gävle Central, Söderhamn, Hudiksvall, Sundsvall Central, Härnösand, Kramfors Örnsköldsvik Central, Nordmaling, Umeå Central, Vindeln, Bastuträsk, Jörn, Älvsbyn, Boden Central, Luleå Central, Notviken, Sunderby Sjukhus, Boden Central, Murjek, Nattavaara, Gällivare, Kiruna Central, Abisko East, Abisko Tourist, Björkliden, Låktajåkka, Vassejaure, Katterjåkk, Riksgränsen, Bjørnfjell, Søsterbekk, Katterat
Main Line South
Route Train number Calling at
Malmö Central toStockholm Central 1/2 Eslöv, Hässleholm, Alvesta, Nässjö Central, Mjölby, Linköping Central, Norrköping Central, Katrineholm, Flen, Södertälje South

SJ InterCityEdit

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.[6]

Lines with InterCity service:

Iron Ore Line
Route tpd Calling at Stock
Luleå to Narvik 1 Notviken, Sunderby Sjukhus, Boden Central, Murjek, Nattavaara, Gällivare, Kiruna Central, Abisko East, Abisko Tourist, Björkliden, Låktajåkka, Vassejaure, Katterjåkk, Riksgränsen, Bjørnfjell, Søsterbekk, Katterat Rc6
Dalarna
Route tpd Calling at Stock
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
Route tpd Calling at Stock
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
Some services originate/terminate in Ljusdal, these are operated with X40 class trains
Rc6 or X40
Main Line West
Route tpd Calling at Stock
Stockholm Central to Gothenburg Central 3 Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Hallsberg, Skövde Central, Herrljunga Rc6
Main Line South
Route tpd Calling at Stock
Stockholm Central to Malmö Central 3 Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Norrköping Central, Linköping Central, Nässjö Central, Alvesta, Hässleholm, Eslöv, Lund Rc6
Värmland and Norway
Route tpd Calling at Stock
Stockholm Central to Karlstad Central and Oslo Central 3 Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Hallsberg, Degerfors, Kristinehamn, Karlstad Central, Arvika, Kongsvinger Rc6

SJ RegionalEdit

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.[7]

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.

SJ Regionaltåg
Route tph Calling at Stock
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 Kalmar Central 4tpd Borås Central, Limmared, Hestra, Gnosjö, Värnamo, Alvesta, Växjö, Lessebo, Emmaboda, Nybro Rc6

Franchised operationsEdit

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 carrying the Øresundtåg frainchise for the 2019 timetable.

Mälartåg
Route tph Calling at Stock
Gävle Central to Linköping Central 1 Tierp, Uppsala Central, Arlanda Central, Stockholm Central, Flemingsberg, Södertälje South, Nyköping, Norrköping Central X40
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
Västtågen
Route tph Calling at Stock
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
X52
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)
X52
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).
X12
Borås Central to Varberg 2 Viskafors, Fritsla, Kinna, Assberg, Skene, Berghem, Björketorp, Horred, Veddige, Derome, Tofta X12
Gothenburg commuter rail
Route tph Calling at Stock
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
Route tph Calling at Stock
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 double-decker 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 trainsEdit

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.[8]

West Coast
Route tpd Calling at Stock
Gothenburg Central to Copenhagen Central 10 Varberg, Halmstad Central, Helsingborg Central, Lund Central, Malmö Central, Copenhagen Airport X2K
East Coast
Route tph Calling at Stock
Stockholm Central to Umeå Central and 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
X55
Main Line North
Route tpd Calling at Stock
Stockholm Central to Östersund Central and Duved 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
Route tph Calling at Stock
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
Route tpd Calling at Stock
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
limited service
- Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Norrköping Central, Linköping Central, Nässjö Central X2
Värmland
Route tpd Calling at Stock
Stockholm Central to Karlstad Central 7 Södertälje South, Katrineholm, Hallsberg, Degerfors, Kristinehamn X2 or X55

SJ NorgeEdit

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.[9][10]

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/Östersund

● Trondheim Central - Bodø

● Trondheim Central - Mo i Rana

● Trondheim Central - Oslo Central

● Rotvoll - Røros

● Rotvoll - Støren

● Steinkjer - Støren

● Røros - Hamar

● Saltpendelen

● Stockholm - Trondheim

Identity document required for travelEdit

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.[11] This is due to an effort to stop private trading of train tickets.

PhotogalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Madeleine Raukas utsedd till tillförordnad vd för SJ AB". Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Bolagsstyrning – SJ". www.sj.se. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "About SJ". www.sj.se. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  4. ^ "SJ - Annual and Sustainability Report 2018" (PDF). www.sj.se. 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  5. ^ "SJ Night train". www.sj.se.
  6. ^ "Our trains – SJ". www.sj.se.
  7. ^ "Our trains – SJ". www.sj.se.
  8. ^ "Our trains – SJ". www.sj.se.
  9. ^ Tendering begins for train services in northern Norway International Railway Journal
  10. ^ SJ wins north Norway operating contract Railway Gazette International 17 June 2019
  11. ^ "General terms and conditions of travel – SJ". www.sj.se. Retrieved 4 February 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to SJ AB at Wikimedia Commons