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TRAVELOGUE: A Unique Nose Leads the Way to Historic Kalmar

TRAVELOGUE: A Unique Nose Leads the Way to Historic Kalmar
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14 / 09 / 2023

Today, the tenth installment of the travelogue on Nordic railways is available exclusively via RAILTARGET. After a day's adventure in Lund, we're gearing up for the next leg of our journey. And how better to proceed than by train? This particular train, however, boasts a very distinctive "nose". Join us as we explore historic Kalmar.

For the first time in Sweden, we encountered a rail company other than SJ. We rode with Öresundståg, which operates the route between Kalmar and Copenhagen. This company is a collaboration between the Swedish Skånetrafiken and the French firm Transdev.


We departed Lund aboard the X31 unit, manufactured by Bombardier, at 9:01 a.m. Due to a high occupancy rate, our train was made up of two of these three-car units. Each unit had a quiet compartment and a first-class compartment. However, no refreshments were provided in the first-class section. Interestingly, passengers could move between these two units while the train was in motion, a feature we found rather unique. Moreover, these units could be disconnected in under five minutes at the station.

First Class, Unit X31 / RAILTARGET

Though the unit has a top speed of 180 km/h, which may not seem impressive, it boasts excellent aerodynamics. Similar units, featuring a 2+2 seating arrangement, operate in Belgium, Spain, and Israel. Our journey, during which we encountered three different conductors, seemed to fly by, and we disembarked at Kalmar station at 11:59 a.m.

Kalmar Railway Station / RAILTARGET

Kalmar's main station is relatively small, encompassing just three tracks. However, each track has two platforms, labeled A and B, arranged in such a way that they effectively function as six separate tracks. Inside the station, you'll find a Chinese restaurant, a cafe, restrooms, and luggage lockers. Adjacent to the station is a Pressbyrån, a common sight at Swedish stations, which typically offers train tickets. Besides the bus terminal, there's also a bicycle garage in front of the station.

Bicycle storage / RAILTARGET

Travel Tip: In the first-class, quiet, and second-class compartments, half the seats can be reserved with seat tickets, but these reservations aren't mandatory.