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JK Sm5 007 with lots of snow in Kerava, Finland

   34 More Stadler Rail FLIRT1 EMUs to Junakalusto for use at HRTA, Helsinki, Finland
Junakalusto Oy, the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Rolling Stock company, announced it is using its option for additional 34 four module Flirt EMUs. The trains are similar to 41 class Sm5 already delivered, with slight design differences on components used. The insulation for new units has now been enhanced by 50 - 100% to better cope with harshly cold weather during the winters.

Junakalusto is owned 60% by the three big cities in Helsinki area, Helsinki, Vantaa and Espoo, plus minority 40% stake by VR-Yhtymä. There are talks about forcing VR out of the company as the monopoly operator is disliked by many. General feeling has been for years that VR has been charging too much for its services and subsidizing its other activities with the income here. So the relations between the companies and politicians of Helsinki area are sour, have been and will be for the foreseeable future. Junakalusto also had an alternative to order just 13 trains and buy obsolidated VR class Sm2 instead for the rest of the traffic. These are very old fashioned high floor trains, not suitable for elderly, people with baby carts of bikes, generally people with lowered capability to walk and climb, or see. The Sm2 are also not suitable for the gradients on new Ringbana as well as "Droplet line" (under Helsinki center) where the tunneling work might start in next decade or so.

After the newest batch of FLIRT1s has been delivered in 2017 JK will have an almost uniform fleet of 41 + 34 =75 EMUs. This is just in time when the Helsinki area traffic operations could be openly tendered. It is well posssible that someone else besides VR to win this as the relations are so sour and no trust from the cities side (people who pay for the services provided) towards VR exists. But we will see. It also looks like Helsinki area traffic administration will grow by around 10 more cities in the area bringing lots of other traffic in focus too. The Stadler Rail has done first class work on the current delivery of class Sm5 Flirt 1 EMUs. The trains have been in hard use right from the beginning and are well liked by commuters and frequent travelers. It is delightful to see JK ordering 34 more EMUs as this is closer to their total demand of about 110 EMUs in daily traffic by 2020 than ordering just 13 would had been. 110 is based in quick and simple calculation on the current and forecoming traffic patterns. Next, pictures of class Sm5 EMUs. It remains to be seen if the enhanced EMUs will also be Sm5 or if they will receive the next available classification of Sm7. Junakalusto press release: http://www.junakalusto.fi/site/?lan=3&mode=tiedotteet&laji=1&tiedote_id=10

Reference on subject
  Manufacturer Stadler Rail Page ... Recommended reading
  Finland: EMU Page...
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   Poland: All Quiet in Niegocin...Almost
It is a warm and cosy summer's day in Niegocin, Norteastern Poland. You can almost see the air standing still, making people drowsy, deep in their own thoughts waiting for the train. The train here is Pesa built 218M (classified here as SA133), incredibly popular in Poland and some nearby countries. These modern DMUs come in many flavors, interiors and colorings. So far a number of the newer generation have been built, so this kind of vista is a common sight. Pesa is a large Polish train builder that has been able to enter export markets too.

But since it is awfully warm, let's enjoy pictures by Ilkka Siissalo on his and Sanna's summer vacation driving through Poland.

Województwo warmińsko-mazurskie SA133 number 013 stopping at Niegocin, Poland

Województwo warmińsko-mazurskie SA133 number 013 stopping at Niegocin, Poland

Województwo warmińsko-mazurskie SA133 number 013 stopping at Niegocin, Poland

Województwo warmińsko-mazurskie SA133 number 013 stopping at Niegocin, Poland

Województwo warmińsko-mazurskie SA133 number 013 stopping at Niegocin, Poland

Województwo warmińsko-mazurskie SA133 number 013 stopping at Niegocin, Poland

Oh, the operator here is Województwo warmińsko-mazurskie...try pronouncing that right!  ;D 


Województwo warmińsko-mazurskie SA133 number 013 stopping at Niegocin, Poland

 

   Finland: Jokioinen Museum Railway Steam Festival 2014
Jokioinen Museum Railway is a living railway museum in the Southern Finland. A large number of enthusiasts run the railway with main line of some 9 miles / 14,5 kilometers in length. Each year several happenings are arranged, largest of which is probably the Jokioinen Steam Festival. This is a two day event when the lines are full of live steam trains (several running), and Minkiö station in the midpoint of main line is set a a stage for many kinds of events and museum machines operating. You can also try running a trolley and see how the locomotive & rolling stock works there operate. This year an American car show of some 200 vintage cars and motorcycles was combined with the happening making it even more interesting.

The weather was, how you put it, "favorable" as usual: full sun shine and +35 degrees Celsius / 95F. I bet the guys operating the steam machines were quite thirsty...

Next, a few pictures from the event for your enjoyment:

First the ex. Lovisa to Wesijärvi narrow gauge 2-8-0 steamer #6 with museum service is seen arriving to train meeting at Minkiö station.

JMR Lovisa- Wesijärvi 2-8-0 number 6 approaching Minkiö, Finland JMR Lovisa- Wesijärvi 2-8-0 number 6 approaching Minkiö, Finland JMR Lovisa- Wesijärvi 2-8-0 number 6 approaching Minkiö, Finland
JMR Lovisa- Wesijärvi 2-8-0 number 6 approaching Minkiö, Finland

JMR Lovisa- Wesijärvi 2-8-0 number 6 approaching Minkiö, Finland

Watching carefully while running the train through a crowded area...

Plus feeding the wood burning machines with logs of birch tree...

JMR Lovisa- Wesijärvi 2-8-0 number 6 approaching Minkiö, Finland

JMR Lovisa- Wesijärvi 2-8-0 number 6 approaching Minkiö, Finland

Wood and Crayons, Minkiö, Finland

Some of the other steam machinery, including a stone crusher...

Jokioinen museum railway steam festival, Finland

Jokioinen museum railway steam festival, Finland

Jokioinen museum railway steam festival, Finland

Anyone know if the water from this device is hot of cold? I can tell the guy operating this machine once every year was sweating this year...

Steam fire extinguisher, Minkiö, Finland

Steam fire extinguisher, Minkiö, Finland

Steam fire extinguisher, Minkiö, Finland

Some of the non-steam machines...

These are locally called "Earth motors", meaning nonmovable motors.

Read the text on the bucket in the second and third picture, I wonder what this was used for here? I think the bucket must be authentic.

Steam festival engine, Minkiö, Finland Motors, Jokioinen steam festival, Finland
Steam festival engine, Minkiö, Finland

One of the numerous earth mowing equipment from the childhood era ofr many of us.

Vintage tractor excavator, Minkiö, Finland

This truck uses wood burning gases as a fuel. Must be smelly since my dog is clearly interested in the truck too...

A wood gas operated Bedford, Minkiö, Finland

And last: All aboard!

Ääneskoski-Suolahti Railway number 1 at Jokioinen museum railway, Minkiö, Finland





Created for 4rail.net by John McKey. Pictures by Andreas Ehnberg, Deane Motis, Stanislav Voronin, Ilkka and Sanna Siissalo, Nick Slocombe, Gerard J. Putz and John McKey.





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