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Since 2016, sparkling red Vectrons are working the Snälltåget trains in Sweden. Trandsdev Sverige hired five locomotives from ELL, specially equipped for the nordic countries. The article takes a closer look at them in action.
Text and photos by Martin Drube. We thank him for his support.
In 2009 Veolia Transport started running passenger train services in Sweden. Nowadays it operates long-distance trains from Malmö to Stockholm and Uppsala (and to Åre in the winter). During the summer, the operator also manages the night train form Malmö to Berlin with a train ferry between Trelleborg to Sassnitz.
Since 2013, the long-distance trains were rebranded as ‘Snälltåget’, which literally means express train. Initially, Veolia hired Hectorrail drivers and locomotives (series 241 and 242). But at the end of 2016, these were replaced by ELL lease locomotives and the the operator started to recruit its own drivers.
Veolia was renamed Trandsdev Sverige in 2015.
193 288 with train 3943 27.07.2018 Photo: Martin Drube
This article first appeared on railcolornews.com
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