Curious fact: since the 1990s there has been no regular night train service between Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. Snälltåget is set to change that. With the help of Hector Rail.
This article was originally published on 25.11.2020 – and updated on 02.02.2021 (new information added).
Today, Snälltåget announced that the launch of the night train will be postponed to 05.05.2021. At the same time, the operator states that it has been receiving a lot of requests for the autumn which will result in an increased number of services.
As reported by Railcolor, test rides were recently carried out in Denmark with a Hector Rail-owned TRAXX AC2 and three passenger cars.
Our original article starts below:
Although there have been seasonal services since 2012, a railway connection on a regular basis between Sweden and Germany via Denmark has been missing for quite some time now.
This is about to change starting from
27.03.2021, when the first Snälltåget train is set to depart on the route between Stockholm, Malmö, Copenhagen, Hamburg, and Berlin.
Choice of traction
Although Snälltåget has been operating its services with ELL-hired Vectrons in Sweden, these locomotives are not allowed to enter Denmark. This is why Hector Rail was called for help. The Swedish freight operator will be supplying traction for the section between Malmö (SE) and Padborg (DK) – the two border towns encompassing the Danish leg of the route. This can mean only one thing: Hector Rail TRAXX AC2s.
For a deeper insight into the ongoing night train developments in Sweden, check out our Expert article below: