First renewed Swedish X2000 train enters service

On the early Wednesday morning, at 05.44, the first renewed X2000 train of Swedish operator SJ departed from Gothenburg in regular passenger service. At the beginning of 2022, another upgraded train will be in Gothenburg-Stockholm traffic. Eventually, after which more trains will be completed, they will also operate Stockholm-Malmö.

SJ has built a completely new train, inside an existing one. 5,000 tons of stainless steel were saved by reusing the entire shell from the old train. The only other thing that has been retained from the previous train is the basket inclination. This serves to let the train move quickly and smoothly on the somewhat curved Swedish railway.

For the passengers, the biggest change will be the new chairs. They should improve the opportunities to work on board with new, more stable tray tables. The chairs can also be adjusted as comfortably as possible with an electronic control. In 2020, the new X 2000 was awarded the “Best of the best” award at the Red Dot Design Awards for the entire interior, the first time an entire train has received their design award.

From a completely stripped X2000 train to a new interior, images: SJ

Other changes are modern lighting, more functional toilets and wheelchair spaces, as well as a completely new bistro. Every morning, Monday-Friday, an early morning departure from Gothenburg will be served by the New X 2000. ” Congratulations to Gothenburgers on a more convenient way to reach Stockholm”, says Mats Almgren, Director of Commercial Traffic at SJ.

Improved technology

The new X 2000 has an improved 5G-based wifi system and new radio-transparent windows that facilitate data transfer and thus improve the connection. Information systems, seat numbers on seats and spaces such as toilets, vestibules, wheelchair spaces and bistros have been designed in collaboration with representatives of various disability organisations.

the X2000, image: SJ

All technology such as control systems, brakes and communication systems have also been replaced. Many of the technical systems have been doubled to reduce the risk of stopping errors. The train is also in constant contact with SJ’s depots. With the help of the data from the train, maintenance and service can be carried out more efficiently.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor of RailTech.com

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