Hector Rail is now operating 730m-long trains on the Hallsberg/Katrineholm - Malmö corridor, one of Sweden's key rail freight arteries, carrying paper products for export.

According to Hector Rail, the project has increased payloads by 15% compared with the previous maximum permitted train length of 630m.

"Sweden allows Europe's largest lorries on its roads, but until now it has had the shortest freight trains," says Hector Rail CEO Mr Mats Nyblom. "It's time to restore the competitiveness of rail."