Sweden rail map
Rail map of Sweden. Sweden rail map (Northern Europe - Europe) to print. Sweden rail map (Northern Europe - Europe) to download. Rail transport in Sweden uses a network of 13,000 km of track, the 20th largest in the world. Construction of the first railway line in Sweden began in 1855 as its shown in Sweden rail map. The major operator is the state-owned SJ AB. Sweden is a member of the International Union of Railways (UIC). The UIC Country Code for Sweden is 74. The monopoly of the state owned railway operator has to some extent been cancelled. Major national passenger train operators SJ AB (usually just called SJ), and the cargo transport operator, Green Cargo, are both fully owned by the state. A private company Tågkompaniet operates in central Sweden, and there are a number of regional companies. Tram systems are used in Gothenburg, Norrköping and Stockholm. There is a metro system in Stockholm, the Stockholm Metro.
Total: 12,821 km (includes 3,594 km of privately owned railways). There used to be six main rail lines in Sweden (stambanor), all nationally owned: Västra stambanan (Western main line), 453 km, Stockholm-Gothenburg through Katrineholm-Hallsberg-Laxå-Falköping. Södra stambanan (Southern main line), 381 km, Malmö-Falköping through Nässjö-Jönköping. Östra stambanan (Eastern main line), 216 km, Nässjö-Katrineholm through Mjölby-Linköping-Norrköping). Norra stambanan (Northern main line), 484 km, Stockholm-Ånge through Uppsala-Avesta Krylbo as its mentioned in Sweden rail map. Stambanan genom övre Norrland (Main line through upper Norrland), 629 km, Bräcke-Boden through Långsele-Vännäs. Nordvästra stambanan (Northwestern main line), 209 km, Laxå-Norwegian border through Karlstad-Kil-Charlottenberg.
The principle was that the main rail lines were built by the state, but all others by private companies, often owned by cities to support their local need. In the period 1930-1950 most lines were purchased by the state, making the main line term less well defined. Today, changes have been made in the terminology making the number of main lines four. The northwestern main line is not considered a main line anymore and is renamed Värmlandsbanan as you can see in Sweden rail map. The southern main line between Nässjö and Falköping is also degraded since now what was the Eastern main line (Nässjö - Katrineholm) is considered a part of the southern one. The Norrland cross line is not a main line anymore, but a regional railway. Finally the northern main line south of Ockelbo refers to another and shorter way than that through Avesta.