[SE] In the picture: The Snälltåget Vectrons in action

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 in Swedish could be translated both as ‘the express train’ and ‘the nice 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

In two phases, five 6.4 MW Siemens Vectron AC locomotives arrived in Sweden. These machines are the only five machines of their type in the fleet of ELL with SE-NO package. The first three of them were transported from Munich-Allach to Sweden in September 2016. This is the full list:

  • 91 80 6193 253-2 D-ELL / works number: 22023 / built in 2016
  • 91 80 6193 254-0 D-ELL / works number: 22048 / built in 2016
  • 91 80 6193 255-7 D-ELL / works number: 22049 / built in 2016
  • 91 80 6193 287-0 D-ELL / works number: 22234 / built in 2017
  • 91 80 6193 288-8 D-ELL / works number: 22256 / built in 201?
A closer look at a passenger car from train 3940 from Malmö to Stockholm, passing Hjärup 25.07.2018 Photo: Martin Drube

Trasdev also decided to acquire new passenger rolling stock: 26,4-meter passenger cars, originally built as series Bm235 for the Deutsche Bundesbahn (DB). In the 00s several of these coaches were sold to the Dutch railways (NS, ICK-stock) and after their withdrawal again sold to hector Rail.

193 288 pulling train 3942 southbound, heading towards Linköping (SE) 26.07.2018 Photo: Martin Drube

In 2016 Trandsdev Sverige bought 19 coaches from Hectrorrail for use on the Snälltågets. The coaches were overhauled and refurbished by S.C. Atelierele CFR Grivita S.A in Bucharest (Romania) before arriving in Sweden. The passenger cars are light grey and red – These sport Snälltåget logo and the names of various destinations written in different colours.

This is the all red restaurant car “the tavern”: train 3930 just after leaving the village of Gripenberg with with 193 254 on 26.07.2018 Photo: Martin Drube

Like the locomotives, the restaurant-cars are completely red. They word ‘Krogen’ means ‘tavern’, the Vectrons are called ‘Loket’.


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The standard long-distance service Malmö – Stockholm calls at Lund, Hässleholm, Alvesta, Nässjö, Linköping and Norrköping. The Malmö – Berlin service only runs during the summer, it runs only a few times in the week. A night train from Stockholm to Malmö is exists, also operated several days per week.