Swedish Railway Models – Electric Units

X2 series

The X2 is Sweden’s high-tech train with tilting ability on curves, and some dual-voltage examples running into Denmark also. Derived from the original X2000, the X2-1 and X2-2 were InterRegio versions, but since their first overhaul, all sorts of combinations of vehicles are run, now.

  • Heljan introduced the first model of the X2000 as individual cars with poor quality plastic bodies and equally poor performance (two Tenshodo motor-bogies on the power-car). It was an extremely limited edition. Following the commencement of X2 workings into Denmark, Heljan announced a modified version with better bodies and proper motors and drive mechanisms – similar to those fitted to the TMX/TMY locomotives, but they have subsequently withdrawn these plans!
  • Jeco produced a metal model, with a price tag to suit. However, they have more recently produced a new version in plastic as a basic 4-car set with other trailers as separate items. More recently, Jeco has produced the model in the ‘Lynx’ and Chinese liveries, so maybe they will also produce the new (from 2021) livery deployed on the heavily refurbished units.
  • Roco doesn’t produce an X2 model. They produce a DB (German) ICE train painted in SJ X2000 livery. It is NOT authentic.

X10 and derivatives

The X10 is a more modern version of the X1, used in Stockholm. However, the X10 is used in other areas also, and different specification versions, X11, X12, X14 and so on, have also been in use. They are currently being phased out in favour of newer so-called ‘Regina’ trains.

There are no ready-to-run models, but the kits shewn below do still appear from time to time.

  • UGJ produced a plastic (but expensive) kit of the X10. (A suitable rolling chassis for this model is available from Byggsvenskt.nu)
  • SWB produced a metal kit of the X12.


In addition to the diesel-powered Y6 / Y7 rail buses, SJ ordered an electric version, which was built by AB Svenska Järnvägsverkstäderna (ASJ) and ASEA, where ASEA was responsible for the electrical equipment. They were divided into two series with different decor, X16 with chairs corresponding to Y6 and X17 with more comfortable Y7 chairs. The X17 therefore got fewer seats than the X16, 49 against 55.

X16 and X17 came to be used mostly in Svealand and Värmland, and the Gävle region became the last areas of service before decommissioning in the mid-1980s. Some were sold to TGOJ for traffic in Mälardalen but were abandoned after a couple of years. Two X16 motor cars are preserved at the SMoK and an X17 at Dellenbanans Vänner. See also, our special feature on “dateboxes”.

  • Jeco has produced one of each version in 2019, based on their successful Y6 diesel unit, and therefore not totally correct in detail!