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34 More Stadler Rail FLIRT1 EMUs to Junakalusto for use at HRTA, Helsinki, Finland
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
Poland: All Quiet in Niegocin...Almost
But since it is awfully warm, let's enjoy pictures by Ilkka Siissalo on his and Sanna's summer vacation driving through Poland.
Oh, the operator here is Województwo warmińsko-mazurskie...try pronouncing that right! ;D
Finland: Jokioinen Museum Railway Steam Festival 2014
Watching carefully while running the train through a crowded area...
Some of the other steam machinery, including a stone crusher...
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...
Some of the non-steam machines...
One of the numerous earth mowing equipment from the childhood era ofr many of us.
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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