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Dv12 "Deeveri" Light / Medium General Purpose Freight Locomotive

Welcome to the Dv12 diesel locomotives roster page! We are currently in a process of collecting here all the information relevant to these universal use locos of Finland. The fleet is huge: around 170 units remain in the roster!

VR Dv12 number 2548 is shunting a steel train in Pori, Finland
Picture above: The Dv12 number 2548 returns from the road switching duty with a steel train to Pori. The flat cars are moved to the side track and the locomotive will remain next to the station building with other similar units waiting for the next assignments. This is one of the units painted with the "Inter city" color scheme, other variations are cream color and the newest addition the salad green scheme.

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Technical description and details * Paint schemes *

Roster pictures:
2500 series: * 2545 * 2548 * 2560 * 2562 *
2600 series: 2632 *
2700 series: 2702 * 2720 * 2741 *




Finland VR Yhtyma Dv12 number 2605 idle in Imatra, Finland


Created for 4rail.net by John McKey and Andreas Ehnberg. Pictures by Stanislav Voronin, Ilkka Siissalo, Hannu Peltola, Andreas Ehnberg and John McKey.





Also in this section:
An IC2 fo VR pulled by Swiss type Sr2 has just left Pasila, Helsinki on it's way to Turku in the west

Finnish Railroads Main Page, a great place to start browsing this section.

Junakalusto Class Sm5 on test drive meets Sm4 of VR-Yhtyma in Kerava, just outside Helsinki, Finland
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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 VR-Yhtyma class Dv12 "Deeveri"
VR-Yhtyma Dv12 number 2710 in Tampere, Finland
  Picture above: The most numerous locomotive type in Finland, the class Dv12 was built in three batches posing slightly different outside appearances but being technically very much alike. Above the unit 2710 is equipped with radio control, here seen just arrived from a main road duty pulling a freight train to the Tampere classification yard. Picture by John McKey.
  Picture below: The engine room and prime mover of the class Dv12.

Tampella SACM V16 Engine under the hood of class Dv12 of VR-yhtyma


VR-yhtyma Dv12 number 2568 in Red-Gray-White scheme, Riihimaki, Finland
  Picture above: One of the "Inter city" colored units of the fleet. In the background and below can be seen the original red and cream color used on the locos. The newest color scheme found on just a few units is salad green with golden letters. Picture by Stanislav Voronin.
  Below: A typical use for numerous Dv12 class locomotives before the electrification progressed: one locomotive can easily pull 3 to 4 blue-gray coaches on the regional trains up to 125 km/h ( mph). When more power is needed for an extra coaches, in the large there was always a spare locomotive to add to the consist. Picture below by Hannu Peltola.
Dv12 number 2610 leading a passenger train to Pieksamaki, Finland

The class DV12 diesel locomotives can be seen most anywhere on the Finnish rail network working all kinds of duties from the light passenger trains on the non electrified lines to heavy road freight run in multiple, or road switching duties around the network. In the earlier days these multipurpose workhorses were a common sight pulling blue-gray coaches on regional trains. One or two units were the norm for any train.

Since the use of the locomotives has changed to more freight use, there are a few problems associated with this: most of the Dv12 units are unable to do heavy switching because of the overheating of the gear box oil, which means these units are very ineffective with this kind of assignment with frequent idling periods letting the lube oil temperature to drop back to acceptable level. A few are rebuilt to overcome the heating problem, but in most cases the better designed class Dr14 are doing all the heavier switching duties.

While 11+ units have been retired from the Dv12 roster and used as spare parts for the rest, the rebuilding program for this relatively successful locomotive series is still running. If repainting is needed (paint on some of the units is badly worn out) the color of choice is now salad green making the fleet interesting with most colors cream and red, many "Intercity" type red-white-gray and now the newest rebuilt units showing handsome green-white-gray with large VR logo taped to advertise the operator on the both sides. The loco number lettering for the green scheme in golden on sides and black in the front.

Technical details for class Dv12 "Deeveri"
-> Type: Dv12 (originally Sv12 (25xx, 26xx) or Sr12 (27xx))
-> Finnish class: Dv12
-> Builders: Valmet and Lokomo (who shared the order)
-> Operators: VR-Yhtymä
-> Usage: general purpose locomotive. both freight and passenger duties

-> Production dates: 1963 - 1984
- Series 2500: 2501 - 2568, rebuilt by VR in 2003 - 2008
- Series 2600: 2601 - 2664
- Series 2700: 2701 - 2760
-> Numbers built: 192
-> Numbers in operation: around 181, slowly being retired and scrapped

-> Seen: Finland and Haparanda in Sweden

-> Energy Source: Diesel fuel
-> Engine: Tampella SACM MGO V16
-> Power output: 1000kW (1360 Hp)
-> Transmission: hydraulic, Voith L 216 rs
-> Generator: -
-> Traction motors: -
-> Tractive Effort: unknown kN
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): -

-> Wheel arrangement: B'B'
-> Wheel diameter: 1000 mm as new
-> Maximum operational speed: 125 km/h (78 Mph)

-> Length: 14,0 m
-> Heigth: 4,6 m
-> Width: 3,2 m
-> Weight: 63 metric tons ( lb), some unit heavier
-> Max. axel weight: 15,5 - 16,0 metric tons

-> Train control systems: JKV, equipped for Finland
-> Remote radio control equipped: Yes
-> Multiple operations capacity with: class
-> Couplers: Vapiti, semiautomatic hook and chain plus Sa3

-> Specials/other:
- several variations exist since the locomotives are numerous and numerous
have been rebuilt with time.







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Color Schemes

  Dv12 Color Schemes for VR-Yhtymä
Finland VR Yhtyma Dv12 number 2605 idle in Imatra, Finland

The latest addition is the VR faded green scheme, seen here in Imatra on a recently refurbished Dv12 number 2605. Looks like the 2600 series is going through this refurbishing pretty much in the number order and receiving the green livery, but not starting with the 2601 which obviously was refurbished before the green scheme was invented.

Picture by William McKey.

 

Finland VR Yhtyma Dv12 numbers 2560 and 2545 in Hämeenlinna, Finland The unit 2545 and 2560 were painted with "Inter City" like scheme of modern gray-white-red. Here the units are seen late in the evening passing Hämeenlinna with a bunch of empty log cars.

Picture by John McKey.
VR Yhtyma Dv12 number 2701 in Jyväskylä, Finland
In the original "creamy" Valtionrautatiet (VR was originally a shortening of Valtionrautatiet (Engl:State Railways)) scheme the very first 2700 series loco has arrived to Jyväskylä with a classic passenger service from the north. This scene could had been from several decades ago except for the Jyväskylä new station building and the office building in the background.

Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Roster Pictures 2500 series

  Dv12 unit 2545 of VR-Yhtyma
Finland VR Yhtyma Dv12 numbers 2560 and 2545 in Hämeenlinna, Finland

The VR-Yhtymä Dv12 locomotives 2560 and 2545 are rolling by in Hämeenlinna with log car empties. This is a typical road switching combo for many rural lines in Finland. The locomotives take freight cars in, handle switching pick up full cars / empties which are added to the existing train and move forward. Sometimes the movements can take most of the day and you an follow the train leisurely with a car taking pictures from various scenic locations, stations and plants.

Picture by John McKey.

 

   
   

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  Dv12 unit 2548 of VR-Yhtyma

The unit 2548 has just arrived to Pori on the west coast from the main track road switching duty. Here the locomotive is taking the rake of flat cars a little forward before backing them off to the terminal. The Pori track is a pretty busy place for the road switchers there.

Picture by John McKey.

 

The unit 2548 seen at the tip of the auto train to Russia. After 15 years negotiations some of the cars passing through Hanko, Finland to cities in Russia are loaded to trains carrying them to the destinations. Normal procedure for years has been to load cars to thousands of trucks daily after they have been prepared in Hanko with devices helping use in the cold climate. The railroads could have a lot of additional capacity, if the pricing would be better for the Russian importers.

Picture by John McKey.
This picture shows the trio 2548-2710-2542 starting the train from the harbor in Hanko through Karjaa and via Hyvinkää track to Riihimäki, the major classification yard and junction for the Southern Finland. In Riihimäki a Wolf (Sr1 electric loco) will take over and pull the train to Vainikkala for the border crossing behind the RzD locomotive.

Picture by John McKey.

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  Dv12 unit 2560 of VR-Yhtyma
Finland VR Yhtyma Dv12 numbers 2560 and 2545 in Hämeenlinna, Finland

The VR-Yhtymä Dv12 locomotives 2560 and 2545 are rolling by in Hämeenlinna with log car empties. This is a typical road switching combo for many rural lines in Finland. The locomotives take freight cars in, handle switching pick up full cars / empties which are added to the existing train and move forward. Sometimes the movements can take most of the day and you an follow the train leisurely with a car taking pictures from various scenic locations, stations and plants.

Picture by John McKey.

 

   
   

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  Dv12 unit 2562 of VR-Yhtyma
Finland VR Yhtyma Dv12 number 2562 in Jyväskylä, Finland Dv12 number 2562 and another unit from the 27xx roster are taking a break between the road switching duties in Jyväskylä. There is a long and heavily trafficked unelectrified track section starting north from Jyväskylä. Forest industry freights can be seen on this track often with triple Dv12 units at the point.

Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.
Finland VR Yhtyma Dv12s in Jyväskylä, Finland

Early series Dv12 unit 2702 is seen here switching in Jyväskylä in the middle Finland. Sister locomotives like class Dv12 2562 can be seen parked nearby at the end of the main platform of the station.

Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

 

   
   

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Roster Pictures 2600 series

  Dv12 unit 2632 of VR-Yhtyma
Finland VR Yhtyma Dv12 number 2632 in Hämeenlinna, Finland

Picture: The unit 2632 is wearing a totally worn out creme paint but is otherwise in a pretty good condition and sporting even brand new antis slip stairs at the corners. Here the unit is seen in Hämeenlinna on southern Finland's mainline. the site is dedicated for loading logs from trucks for transportation on rail to large paper mills and saws in the east.

Picture by John McKey.

 

   
   

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Roster Pictures 2700 series

  Dv12 unit 2702 of VR-Yhtyma
Finland VR Yhtyma Dv12s in Jyväskylä, Finland

Early series Dv12 unit 2702 is seen here switching in Jyväskylä in the middle Finland. Sister locomotives can be seen parked nearby at the end of the main platform of the station.

Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

 

   
   

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  Dv12 unit 2720 of VR-Yhtyma
Finland VR Yhtyma Dv12 numbers 2720 and two sister locos in Humppila, Finland

Dv12 unit 2720 and two class Dv12 sisters have stopped in Humppila for a triple train meeting. The other way is coming a passenger service and behind the locomotives is a service of the narrow gauge museum railway. The trains greet each other with whistles when they start forward again.

Picture by John McKey.

 

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  Dv12 unit 2741 of VR-Yhtyma
Finland VR Yhtyma Dv12 number 2741 in Jyväskylä, Finland

Early series Dv12 unit 2741 seen parked while waiting for the next freight to be taken northwards from the mid Finland bigger city Jyväskylä. This is a classic Dv12 with the big smoke stacks, several times larger than were used later.

Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

 

   
   

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