hrrphil wrote:I am traveling to Sweden this Saturday for 3 weeks.
Anybody have any Hot Spots, or hints on Railroads to see in southern Sweden?
A bit odd you put this request on such a short notice! The saturday before you put up your request I left myself for Sweden and Denmark for a four weeks tour. So when making this post I just have returned. If you had put it say a month or so earlier I was amidst my own preparation of my trip to Sweden, now I only can tell you wath you could have seen.
At first the Swedish railways still put up a very good show, only since Connex had taken over the trains to the far north (Narvik, Boden and Luleå) the service to that area has sliped quit a bit with train cancelations and delys op to several hours.
The capital Stockholm has frequent X2000 trains (the tilting onces) to other major scities like Malmö and Göteborg, a supplement is required though. And I would reconmend advanced seat reservations on all long dictance trains.
The Inlandsbanan caters to the tourist and is a good way to travel and to learn the Swedish cuisine, actually the municipalities along the line own it. And used it as a way to actrac tourist to the area.
The Malmbanan which runs from Luleå to Narvik runs through some spectacular landscapes and sees lots of iron ore trains hauled either by the triple unit class Dm3 locomotives or the two unit class Iore locomotives, the first used to be one of the most powerful locomotives of the world the latters is curently the most powerful locomotive of the world.
Hotspots: the Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö which by the way are very interesting cities. Interesting things can be found elwere too, but than you need some expertise and a lots of patience, knowlede of the Swesish railway network and scheduling skills. Furtermore railway musems are located at Gävle and Luleå.