Hector Rail

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A Hector Rail Class 941 hauled lumber train on the Solør Line in Norway

Hector Rail is a Swedish-based independent train haulage provider operating in the European rail transport market, operating 50 locomotives. The company provides locomotives and drivers to freight customers who need to have whole unit trains hauled between two places with a regular time table.

From start the majority shareholders were the Høegh family from Norway, through Höegh Capital Partners.[1] In September 2014 the company was sold to EQT Infrastructure II.


Hector Rail ran its first train on 12 December 2004, and now operates around 5 million train-km a year in Sweden and Norway. It began operating in Denmark and running trains from Sweden to Germany during January 2008.[1] In 2009 Hector rail started to haul a passenger train, for Veolia. During 2016 Hector Rail took ownership of GB Railfreight after GBRF was purchased by EQT Partners.


Hector Rail Class 441, the EuroSprinter

The company operates diesel and electrically powered locomotives:[2]

The first digit indicates the number of different electrical voltages supported, but 8 for diesel-electric and 9 for diesel-hydraulic. The second digit is the number of axles, hinting the tractive effort.

In Media[edit]

The railway was featured in a 2018 episode of Mighty Trains, showing newly-acquired Vectron locomotives hauling lumber [3] from northern Sweden to the Ostrand pulp mill in Timrå, Sweden. [4]


  1. ^ a b Mats Nyblom (October 2007). "Hector Rail's growth strategy". Railway Gazette International.
  2. ^ "fleet". www.hectorrail.com.
  3. ^ "Hector Rail". Mighty Trains. Season 2. Episode 3. November 2018. 60 minutes in. Discovery Canada. Retrieved December 9, 2018. on imdb.org
  4. ^ "Mighty Trains". Might Trains. Season 2. Episode 3. November 18, 2018. 60 minutes in. Discovery Canada.

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