Blue for you...

Paint scheme garden sallad?

Phase 1.

The first Bluescheme differs from the later one by having a narrow window stripe that does not cover the hight of the lower end of the window. The cars in this variation also have grey ends and a short white stripe at corners of the carside. The trucks and various boxes on under the frame are painted in medium grey. This paint was applied on most of the sixties cars and the eighties cars. and some of the older types of cars as rebuilt sleepingcars and couchettes aswell as with all representation and various special cars.
The couches and sleeping cars received blue sides, the foodservice cars received red sides and the baggage cars received white sides. A number of RPO cars received yellow sides.

Phase 2.

The next variation is combined more economical and some learningpoints of the shortcomings of phase 1 scheme. The windowstripe is broder and covers the entire window area, the ends of the cars are painted in same color as the sides and trucks and frame details are in dark brownish black. This goes along with the foodservice, sleeping cars, repsentation aswell with the baggage cars. RPO.s were transfered to the GC roster and repainted entirely yellow with a large blue Swedish Post logo offcenter on the sides.

Phase 3.

Started out as color scheme for the equipment used on Inter Regio trainsets, cars are entirely in blue, with a red stripe on the sides below the window and orginally this cars sprted Interregio spelled out to the left. Some of the cars of B7.s were rebuilt in to service cars with train crew offices and express freight compartments ad reclassified as BF9.s Rest of the cars orginally was made of B7s with new interiour (B9) and some were rebuilt to and 2. class combination cars AB9.s. But later this scheme has been added on most of the couches of sixties and seventies generations. To my knowledge no other than couches are repainted in this scheme. As SJ scrapped the idea of Interregio brand the lettering of this has been removed.

Some of the BV.s MoV couches have received this scheme.

As a proof that this "Phase 3" is the official scheme at SJ, a couchette car in this scheme. These cars, many of 60 years of age, but rebuilt during the seventies and eighties are the oldest SJ cars in service.

Blue X

When discovered that the X2000 trainsets developed cracks on their wheelsets and a few reserve repalcement were needed to keep the patrons happy.
A number of A7.s, B7.s and R4.s were modified to to same interiour configuration as the X2000.s. The trainset received also a regeared Rc6.s to go along. The cars received an oval window and repainted to this rather striking dark blue scheme. In 22/2 2003 this set of 6 cars had replaced a X2000 on the weekend Stockholm - Mora run. Consist: 2 A11.s a RB11 and 2 B11.s. No none of the special repainted engines were in sight. To have a view of Rc7 1422 check in the Rc.s in color section.

Odds and unclassified.

Lately I have seen even more economical schemes on passenger cars, by skipping the black stripe at the windows. I have seen on media images of plain blue cars but so far not able to photograph any of them, I guess that the red diner car to left must be in vougue on SJ today, hardly missed in solid red.

The other car is NOT a SJ car, in fact now a part of the preserved roster of a preserved and railroad interest group in Grängesberg. To make the baggage car match to the steel passenger cars of TGOJ orgin that are decked out in the TGOJ original colors the car was painted in non original green. I guess that this car is the first preserved car of its generation.

I like the third car shown here, in IR-scheme but note that the door has been donated from a car in earlier scheme....

Hey, wait... Isn't the text and the logos supposed to be white? Yes but it seems that chemicals used on washing the cars can do a little trick on the lettering.

Not even A7 first class cars are safe from treatment of miss matched doors, as seen here in September 2003.

During 2004, it became appearent that many of the remaining cars in this scheme, received darkgrey trucks instead the much lighter grey as original in this scheme.

Which is the official version of the paint scheme? Look at these rebuilt couchettes, the black stripe varies on these two otherwise identical cars in same consist.

A number of sleepers, rebuilt and modified from sleepers from the sixties generation are leased to NSB. Many of them are repainted to blend in to the NSB consists. Though been repainted the markings are mixed SJ and NSB standards with SJ as a owner annd the cars reflect SJ numbers aswell.

More colors?

One of the operators purhased a few old cars used by Wagon Litz company and decked them out in a variation of CIWL classic panit. Some of overtaken Sj cars received, yet without pinstriping the same scheme. Here a real bad snapshot of a car which has been returned to SJ and now used on special charter train.

The cars from the sixites generation is allmost gone form Sj service but this one in very dark blue with lots of marks from lack of maintainence shows that the future may not be to bright. This car ran in a classy night car with former Wagon Lits cars and got a new interiour that reminds of older cars. perhapsand hopefully this car is marked for preservation.

A former SJ B1, bumped from passanger service, now used by BV for MoW service at Ånge and Mora

Ex SJ A5 as a BV laboratory car.

Ex SJ SV1 train generator car, now owned by IBAB.


Inlandsbanan, IBAB for short runs tourist trains during the summers. They use Y1/YF1 DMU.s and more conventional trains hauled by, mostly by the special painted #1016. The cars they use are ex. SJ B3.s that has been repainted to matching colors. One of the cars has been modified as a bar car. The B3.s are or actually were rebuilt cars from 1940.s and two major shop did the conversion. The shop at Kalmar retained the original sides below the windows, while the shop in Malmö replaced with thin fluted sides like on the cars of the 1960 generation as seen on the car in the middle. Here are the cars caught in Tallhed some 10 km.s north of Orsa, where they are furbished up for the touristruns on the southern leg of the Famous Inlandline. It is planned during the summer of 2003 to replace the diesel with a 4-8-0 E10-class oilfired steamer, once common on the line. The area is dry during the winter and rich of forrests, that feed the industry and the the desire of oil fired steamer is to prevent fires along the line.

Perhaps the most colorful of graduates is this, ex SJ A5 used by BV as a laboratory car to schec the shape of the trackwork and somecases catenary of the swedish rail network. There is another car with a cupola that is more often seen running behind a leased preserved Ra during the summers. My guess that this car is used as a some kind of back up while the other car is serviced. Borlänge October 2003.

Special cars

The stars of the SJ.s conference fleet are these two custom build cars, outwards, only that gives away are the markings and the regonizion liens for the two classes is missing. The other car has the earlier version of this scheme. Which is basic grey with blue window band, while the other is in the ordinary but current blue and black.

During the late eighties SJ needed more special cars, so they knocked on the door at DBAG and got a deal on a diner and a lounge car, the latter got repainted in to SJ colors, while the diner kept the first phase DBAG colors. In May 2004, they sat pretty unused, scrubby and filled with graffiti at shops in Östersund.

In February 20007, just a few days before Wasa Ski Run, SJ added four business cars in to the ususal consist of Express train to Mora. All four cars were wearing different schemes.

The S11 4831 is a former R1 car rebuilt in to cinema/lounge car for the night trains and must be one among the last operational cars of the 1960-generation.

The S1 5577 is one of the modern conference cars in SJ fleet. In summer of 2006 the car was picked in to a special train used for a rock tour which SJ sponsored. Unlike the ordinary passenger cars and the engine the car still remained its special lettering.

The S1 5248 was the first of the lounge cars in the 1980-generation body and was presented by the company that bould the car as a present for SJ.s 125 year celebrations in 1981. The car orignally wore a variation of the brown paint with white stripes that became standard for special cars. It was repainted in to a variation of the blue schemes with grey body and blue window stripe.
The second car is S1 5578 which wears the last version of blue and black scheme. The ony variation is that the car does not wear a stripe above the windows.

This car was orginally just another 2.d class (1.class since 1956) dating from the deilveries from the forties. But during the early 1980.s converted as a conference car, by blanking a window and installing a pentry and partly new interiour. It has made it to the current sceme as one of the last surviors of one of the most common cars from the era to the mid eighties.

The other car is partly repainted surplus B5 to commeorate the introduction of the New X51 trainsets for Bergslagståg.
As the the sixties generation of cars are showing of their age and becoming outated they have started to leave the roster in numbers. First cars to be considered as surplus were the firstclass cars of A2 class. Though a number of them are still running, many remaining cars has reclassfied as A22.s or like this car converted to specialcars. This car is used as a clubcar or as advertized as a party car on Ski expresses to Åre, which is one of the major ski-resorts in the country.

Only a few of cars dating from the 40.s received this scheme. Here a old sleeper with new comapartment windows and Phase 2 paint sits in Gävle. These cars are mainly used as crew dormitories on exebitiontrains or on special expresses.

Never in blue but..
During the thirties SJ rebuilt completely some old turn of the century wooden bodied cars with new riveted steel bodied cars. These cars had long service on passenger trains and the remaining survived into the 1980.s, only to be sold to rail preserving groups like this car locted in Sveg 6th June 2005.

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