Next up is Tågkompaniet, or TKAB for short. They operated the overnight trains to Luleå, Kiruna and Narvik, aswell as the local trains up north, between 2000 and 2003, aswell as the Mittlinjen line for a few years (not sure, but i think that was also 2000-2003). Nowadays they are operating the TiB franchise, which they will sadly loose in a few months.
During their time as operator of overnight trains, their fleet was pretty varied, though most of their stock was leased from the Swedish State Railways (SJ) and therefore wore their colours. There were however some exceptions, as you shall see. I never travelled with them, but i have fallen in love with this mixture of vehicle heritage and paint schemes. Sadly, they are not very well represented in the model world. Of my 10 vehicles, only 6 are factory models. I know that's more than half, but as their fleet was so diverse, i would have thought there would be more models.
Anyway... Let's get to the pics, shall we?
Rc2 13 in its distinctive green paint scheme. This locomotive was used mostly (only?) on the Karven trains between Luleå and Narvik. (Märklin)
Rc6 2 in standard SJ colours, but with the TKAB logos. This locomotive, and others like it, were used on all routes operated by TKAB. This locomotive was later leased by Connex when they took over the operations from TKAB. (Roco)
A7 first class coach 101 in standard SJ colours with TKAB logos. This car was leased for less than a year, and was to my knowledge used only in the Karven trains. (Roco with additional details and corrected roof and bogies)
AFS2 203 first class panorama coach/diner in one of the five special liveries given to these cars. These were used in the regular overnight trains aswell as the short lived Polar Express. These were owned by TKAB rather than leased. (Roco, who sadly messed up the colours)
WL33 sleepers 701 and 705 in their special Orient Express inspired paint scheme. These cars were owned by TKAB and were at first used only in the Polar Express, but later went into the standard sleeping car fleet. (Roco with corrected bogies)
That's all of the models that are readily available to purchase, apart from the Märklin version of the panorama coaches, which are way too short. But atleast they got the colours right. Now we are entering the customs section.
WL6 sleeper 722 in standard SJ colours with TKAB logos. This car was later leased by Connex, who took over the operation of overnight trains in 2003. (Rebuilt and repainted Roco car)
B1 second class coach 301 in standard SJ colours with TKAB logos. Just like the Rc6 locomotive and the WL6 sleeper above, i think this car went to Connex after its stay with TKAB. (Redecaled NMJ)
B1 second class coach 324 in the all red Mittlinjen paint scheme. All vehicles that were allocated to the Mittlinjen traffic were painted red, although SJ blue vehicles did appear from time to time. (Repainted NMJ)
Now, this is an odd one. While it is not a TKAB coach just yet, i have included it in this post anyway as i intend to decal it with TKAB logos. But at the moment, it is a standard NSB B3-2 second class coach with number 25593, which will become TKAB B3 320. However, as these cars did roll for a short period of time in their old NSB colours while in TKAB traffic, this job has been put on hold multiple times. TKAB purchased three second class and two first class coaches of this design, one of the second class coaches being used for spares. All of these cars started their life with the company up north, usually in Karven service, in the NSB colours, as mentioned earlier. After a short period they were patched, but not repainted. Kind of like the SJ stock. They served up north for a few years before being moved to Mittlinjen and repainted in the all red paint scheme. My model will show the patched look that they wore up north. Pictures will be posted when the job is finished. (NMJ)
Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed!
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