Pågatågen

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A Pågatåg at Lund Central Station. Every train set is named after a Scanian person of significance, both real and fictional. The older trains are of the type X11 and the newer trainers of the type X61, both in a purple livery.

Pågatågen is a local rail system in Skåne County, Sweden, and is run by Skånetrafiken, the regional public transportation authority. The trains are operated by the contractor Arriva. There are 55 stations across Skåne County, of which 5 are in the Malmö Urban Area: Malmö C, Triangeln, Hyllie, Svågertorp and Burlöv and 4 in the Helsingborg Urban Area: Helsingborg C, Ramlösa, Rydebäck and Ödåkra.

Påg is a dialectal Scanian word for "boy", and is used to indicate that the trains are a local/regional phenomenon, and tåg is Swedish for train. The trains consist of purple-coloured electric multiple units of the X61 model. The last trip using the old model X11 was made on 8 September 2013. The trains are named after famous local people (either a påg or a tös, "girl"), either real or from fiction.

Lines[edit]

There are seven lines in the Pågatågen system. From 2016, there are stops in three neighboring counties. It concerns three stops in Blekinge County, two stops in Halland County and one stop in Kronoberg County.

  • Trelleborg–Hyllie–Malmö C–Landskrona–Helsingborg–Ängelholm
  • Hyllie–Malmö C–Teckomatorp–Helsingborg
  • Hyllie–Malmö C–Höör–Hässleholm C–Kristianstad C
  • Kristianstad–Karlshamn
  • Helsingborg–Åstorp–Hässleholm C–Kristianstad C
  • Malmö C–Ystads station–Simrishamn

(major stations only, the internal local trains stops at smaller stations as well) Local trains from neighbouring Småland also operates within Scania at

  • Småland - Killeberg - Hässleholm

Rolling stock[edit]

The Pågatåg rolling stock is owned by Skånetrafiken, although the operation (staff and licences etc.) is carried out by Arriva.

Most Pågatåg trains under the first concession were of type X11, but demand grew, necessitating the addition of other available train types to the roster. Some Bombardier Regina type train sets were rented from other train owners. The type X31, normally used for the Oresundtrain traffic to Denmark, was also used sometimes. Subsequently, Skånetrafiken ordered 49 new Alstom Coradia/X61 sets, a variant of the type used in Stockholm. Several of them have been used on revenue services since August 2010, and since 2013 they have taken over all services. Skånetrafiken attempted to sell most of the X11 trains during 2011, since they can no longer be used: they do not fulfill all the safety requirements for the City tunnel in Malmö and had only a temporary exception from the rules.[citation needed]

Note that the rolling stock for the Oresundtrain, outside of the Pågatåg concession, is of type X31 only, and these trains are owned by the Öresundståg company (partially owned by Skånetrafiken), or by the Danish train operator DSB.

Tickets[edit]

For the Pågatågen trains as well as the Öresundståg, paper tickets or passes are needed. They can be bought in machines at the stations. This is in opposite to buses where electronic contactless smartcards are used. The reason for the difference is that half of the Öresundståg rolling stock is owned by Danish DSB which does not want to install Swedish ticket machines.

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