Saga Rail was a short-lived open access operator in Sweden. It was founded by Mats Nyblom who had previously established Hector Rail. It commenced operations on 23 February 2018 with a twice weekly service from Stockholm to Linköping with intermediate stops at Nyköping and Norrköping.[1][2][3]

Saga Rail
IndustryRailway operator
Founded23 February 2018
FounderMats Nyblom
DefunctJune 2018
OwnerMats Nvblom

Four former X10 electric multiple units were acquired from Storstockholms Lokaltrafik and painted in a pink livery.[4][5]

Operations ceased in June 2018 after Saga Rail lost an appeal with the Swedish Competition Authority over SJ's refusal to sell its tickets on its website.[6][7]


  1. ^ SagaRail launches first services International Railway Journal 23 February 2018
  2. ^ SagaRail targets low-cost weekend market Railway Gazette International 23 February 2018
  3. ^ Low Cost Open Access Service Launched Modern Railways issue 837 June 2018 page 77
  4. ^ Saga Rail to run pink trains Today's Railways Europe issue 265 January 2018 page 66
  5. ^ Saga Rail to launch Swedish open-access service International Railway Journal 16 February 2018
  6. ^ Saga Rail suspends operations amid SJ online sales dispute International Railway Journal 21 June 2018
  7. ^ Open access operator SagaRail suspends services Railway Gazette International 21 June 2018