This blog is about trains and places related to railways in Sweden and other countries. Most trips are started from Stockholm.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Gröna Tåget to Hallsberg
Today I'm taking an alternative to SJ - Gröna tåget from Stockholm to Hallsberg.
It's a beautiful morning this Saturday
I'm waiting for my commuter train at Årstaberg. Here is an X2 passing by
Gröna tåget is a spinoff from Blå tåget company. Gröna tåget started its services in 2015 and it is a similar train as Blå tåget, but without 1st class coaches. The tickets are 195SEK (same as cheapest SJ X2 tickets), while Blå tåget price is 300SEK for 2nd class.
Blå/gröna tåget brands owned by Skandinaviska Jernbanor had a problematic last year with a suspended licence between 5th of July and 11th of December. Since December last year, the two train sets are hauled by Hectorrail locomotives.
This Taurus locomotive has maximum speed of 230km/h, but the coaches are allowed a speed of 160km/h.
Gröna tåget is waiting for departure from Stockholm Central.
Gröna tåget has a mixture of old Swedish and Norwegian coaches. Here is a B36 coach.
The seats have still NSB design.
I've found an empty compartment in B5 coach
There is a restaurant coach
The trip to Göteborg takes around 4h, compared with 3h by SJ or MTR Express.
Tågab train from Karlstad to Stockholm
Passing under the bridge of railway between Oxelösund and Eskilstuna
Stenhammar Palace built in 1658
View from the last coach
Västra Vingåkers kyrka
Border between Närke and Södermanland regions
Kvarntorpshögen, 157m above sea level is one of the highest places in Närke plain.
I'm getting off in Hallsberg
Hectorrail 242.503 "Balboa"
Old Norwegian coach
Old Swedish coach
SJ trains between Göteborg and Stockholm do not stop here in Hallsberg normally.
Hectorrail has many locomotives here in Hallsberg. Here is Siemens Vectron
Hectorrail locomotives are 2 former Rc3 from the left 143.061 "Valkyrian", 143.060 "Jernsida" (both from 1970), former ÖBB Class 1012 from 1996, now 141.001-6 "Ripley", and the latest purchase in 2016 is Siemens Vectron 243.001
Green Cargo Rd2
Gröna tåget is now departing after a longer stop in Hallsberg
Siemens Vectron has "Extra mile" functionality allowing it to be used on non-electrified railways for the last part of the journey.