A, Stockholms län

The ubiquitous SL 88 red colour of Stockholm state transit buses.

Most buses are just plain red, with a longitudinal white stripe somewhere midways. The position of the stripe differs somewhat from one batch of vehicles to another. There is also a blue variety for buses used on what is considered specially important and/ or heavily patronaged routes. The purpose of the blue in this case is to make an association to the railway lines. They do have blue vehicles, albeit the subway and commuter trains in turn have got silver or white as the dominant feature in more recent time.

A so called Bluebus, as opposed to blue bus...

Commuter trains

White X60 in its right element.

The lions share of the service is carried out by the brand new X60. These trains introduced white as a main colour. Because this the livery of the fleet is not uniform, although the other type of vehicles (X10) was repainted not long ago.

X60 interior, very close in style to the C20 subway cars.
X10 class as they appear after refurbishment.
X10 class from the inside.

Subway vehicles

The mostly used C20 train.

Most of the traffic output is worked by the C20 design above. The inside is very similar to the commuter train of the X60 class. The fabric shows a few known symbols of Stockholm, and some other funny pictures drawn in a simple childish fashion by the local artist Lasse Åberg.

A C9, one of only 28 cars equipped for 90 km/h.

Just some 160-200 of the original 900 cars of this and similar types remain, all having a blue livery.

The subway blue has a funny history. Although I don't know the reason, blue was only intermittently applied. Very fittingly the blue line got the first batch in 1974-77. Then it came back to the latest deliveries of the updated original design for the green line in 1985-87. Some refurbished 1950:s cars on the green line, were also blue in the early 90:s, but again became green in the twilight of their career. Following, huh?

Other rail lines


The light blue shade in the picture above applies to Saltsjöbanan, Lidingöbanan and the narrow gauge Roslagsbanan. The first have ordinary subway cars, with just the alteration of using catenary as opposed to third rail current collection. Lidingöbanan have interurban style trams of the 1940:s, and carry seat fabric as M 28 in Göteborg (see O state). Roslagsbanan have a completely personal style of the interior.

Inside of Roslagsbanan.

There is also two tramlines; Nockebybanan and Tvärbanan (crossrail), that use newer equipment adorned with a colour scheme similar to that of the newer subway cars.

Crossrail (Tvärbanan) train.

More odd functions


The rainbow colours for airport buses started in the Stockholm-Arlanda service. Today it is more or less a national paint scheme for buses going to an airport. One might presume that gay folks would feel very welcome as they get out from the arrivals building...

Internal transportation at the airport.

This is really outside the scope of the state transit, but as this function with local buses within the airport premises is mostly a Stockholm phenomenon, it could rather be mentioned here. The national aviation authority (LFV) operates them anyway.

WÅAB Väddö outside Grinda.

There is a lot of small passenger ferries to and fro the islands around the capital area, and not all are operated by WÅAB. No matter what, they all seem to be white.

A national road department car ferry.

These car ferries are free of charge, and a federal responsibility. To show them in this survey may thus be a little bit one bridge too far. Either way it is a part of the transportation scene. No matter where in the nation they sail, they all are registered at Vaxholm in the Stockholm archipelago.

Historical liveries

The stately cream and oxblood red for buses, also called SL 67, for the year of its implementation.


Green was used for all cars delivered 1950-73 and 1977-85.
The inside of green subway cars could look like this.
Interior of blue car. The remaining ones have blue seating by now.
Exterior of C5, exhibited in the town of its making; Örnsköldsvik.

This silver livery became just a parenthesis in the fleet, comprising of an experimental design of only 8 cars, that is a full length train. However these "silver arrows" are prominent in local lore, as if they were merely a fantasy that had never existed. This train is said to collect the dead at night, and bring them to a planned, but never opened station (Kymlinge). It is forgotten that this train was in fact running daytime between circa mid 1960:s through the mid 90:s.

Commuter trains

An Olympia train from Germany.

With the the subtraction of the white stripe, this is how the commuter trains of both X1 and X10 class looked like from the start of the modern era commuter lines in 1968, and some 30 years hence. Then the white line was added. The X1 vehicles are scrapped by now, and the X10 became incrementally repainted to silver/ black/ light blue in the years around the turn of the century. The cars above were only leased from DB in Germany to overcome a shortage of vehicles before the arrival of the X60. In spite of the late adding of the German trains, they didn't get the silvery livery, but the old dark blue one.

Leadcar X1 3084 in lighter blue.

It can also be mentioned that two X1 units (3045 and 3084), in their final years were painted in light blue like the subway cars. This was obviously a test in anticipation of the refurbishment of the X10. If I remember it right one or two of those also wore light blue for a short spell. Furthermore unit 3186 carried VL (U state) livery for a limited time, even after it was moved to join the Stockholm fleet. A curiosity was the request stop buttons in the interior. An all over advertising figured on another vehicle (3164) for a very brief period.

X1 interior before a lighter refurbishment in the late 90:s.
X1 in their final years. The fabric is identical to Copenhagen.


After all service on the innercity tramlines was cancelled in 1967, two routes of a more suburban character remained. These trams were formerly light blue without a stripe, but in turn white above the waistline. Now the trams are blue all over, and with a stripe. The use of the type below is discontinued on Nockebybanan (line 12), but still alive and kicking on Lidingöbanan (line 21).

Nockebybanan tram in older livery.
Inside of Lidingöbanan tram before refurbishment. These are around 60-65 years old, but to some extent updated, and well maintained.

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