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Finnish Diesel Multiple Units - Dm12

There is only one type of DMUs in active use in Finland. This is especially important for connecting some rural towns with regional traffic.

There are also pages for the Electric Multiple Units, Electric Locomotives and Diesel Locomotives as well as the MOV Equipment.

VR-Yhtymä Dm12 number 4406 in Lieksa, Finland
Picture above: The VR P-Yhtymä owned and operated Dm12 "Vankka" (Engl:some kind of duckling) number 4406 rews its engines to start from Nurmes. Picture by Hannu Peltola.

Diesel Multiple Unit Dm12:
Technical Details *
Color Schemes *

Roster Pictures: 4401 * 4406 * 4408 * 4410 *




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Finnish railroad organizations and railroad operators have their own pages, as well as the largest operator VR-Yhtyma and a newcomer to the field Junakalusto.


While much of the passenger traffic concentrates around the capital Helsinki, you might be interested in the roster pictures of VR-Yhtyma, Junakalusto and the city of Helsinki operator HKL. HKL operates the metro and narrow gauge trams

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  Dm12 Technical Details
Dm12 in Haapamäki, Finland
VR-Yhtymä Dm12 number 4406 in Lieksa, Finland
VR-Yhtymä Dm12 number 4406 in Lieksa, Finland

Railbuses have always been an important form of transportation for rural Finnish towns connecting them several times a day with larger cities. The latest of these is called "the Pendolino fo a back village" by railfans or "Vankka" (somekind of duckling) by their personnel. Dm12 is a comfortable vehicle for the smaller routes, though its very high floor is a real challenge for elderly and hard walking citizens climbing aboard. Especially so from the ages old extra low platforms, see the picture on left on the lowth of the platform at Haapamäki in the middle Finland.

Technical details for class Dm12 DMUs
-> Type: Diesel railbus
-> Class: Dm12
-> Builder: ČKD Vagonka
-> Owner: VR-Yhtyma
-> Operators: VR-Yhtymä
-> Road numbers: 4401 - 4416

-> Usage: rural regional services
-> Production dates: 2004 - 2006
-> Rebuilding: 2011 -
-- so far only 4401 has been refurbished.
-> Numbers built: 16
-> Numbers in use: 16
-> Seen: Finland

-> Passengers:
- 1st class: 0
- 2nd class: 63
- standing: ~50
- cafe: -
- wheelchair, baby carts, elderly: not accessible

-> Energy Source: diesel fuel
-> Power output: 600 kW (804 Hp)
-> Transmission: hydraulic
-> Traction motors: -
-> Tractive Effort: 150 kN
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): -
-> Wheel arrangement: (1A)'-(A1)'
-> Wheel diameter: 840 mm as new

-> Maximum operational speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
-> Car numbering: -
-> UIC codes:

-> Length: 25,2 m
-> Heigth: 4,2 m
-> Width: 2,85 m

-> Weight: 54,5 metric tons
-> Max axle weight: metric tons

-> Notes:
  - The first unit to be found painted green-white-gray was 4401, found in Kuopio in early 2012. This is also the first unit to be refurbished after just 8 years of use.






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Color Shemes

  VR Dm12 Colors
   
Dm12 number 4410 in Karjaa, Finland

There are currently two shemes, but we are missing the green one...for the moment.

Picture by Hannu Peltola.





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Roster Pictures

  VR Dm12 unit 4401
VR-Yhtymä Dm12 number 4406 in Nurmes, Finland

The Dm12 number 4401 is seen here at the Pieksämäki stables and service area with the Sr1 Wolf 3093. The Dm12 sometimes stay in Pieksämäki junction station area over the weekend.

Picture by Hannu Peltola.





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  VR Dm12 unit 4406
VR-Yhtymä Dm12 number 4406 in Nurmes, Finland
VR-Yhtymä Dm12 number 4406 in Lieksa, Finland

Dm12 "Duckling" is making a scheduled stop at Nurmes, eastern Finland. Here the stopping often creates a temporary "rush hour" at the otherwise very quiet station.

Pictures by Hannu Peltola.





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  VR Dm12 unit 4408 Haapamäki
Dm12 in Haapamäki, Finland

Haapamäki east of Tampere is one of the busy spots trafficked with Dm12 units. The units converge here and after hub meeting are again on their ways to destinations.

Here the double unit lead by 4408 is seen almost ready to depart to Tampere. It has just arrived from Seinäjoki via numerous rural towns.

Picture by John McKey.

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  VR Dm12 unit 4410
Dm12 number 4410 in Karjaa, Finland

Two occasion for the Dm12 number 4410 stopping at Karjaa, a jucntion in Southwestern Finland. The Dm12 handles the lighter traffic to Hanko, the southernmost city in Finland and the shortest searoute to Central Europe.

Picture by Hannu Peltola.

Dm12 number 4410 in Karjaa, Finland


Here the ventilating pipe on the side of the Dm12 number 4410 is well seen. This was added later to fix performance flaws and is quite a striking structure on otherwise quite streamlines rail bus.

Picture by Hannu Peltola.





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