[EU] Snälltåget, Hector Rail to revive regular train connection Sweden – Germany [updated x2]

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 and 08.04.2021 (new information added).

Update 08.04.2021

Unfortunately, things are not really evolving as expected with the corona pandemic and the much-needed vaccination. This is why Snälltåget announced yet another delay for its night train service to Berlin. The next date the company will be aiming to launch its services is 27.06.2021. In addition, it has been announced that there are plans for more trains in September, October, and during the autumn holidays in Sweden, Denmark, and Germany.

Update 02.02.2021

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.

ELL > Snälltåget 193 287, seen in Malmö (SE) 12.10.2020 Photo credit: Konstantin Planinski / OnTrack

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:

[SE / Expert] New rolling stock, different routes: Night train developments in Sweden

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