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Welcome to Finnish heritage rolling stock classes page! Given some time we will collect the most usual of the Finnish retired rolling stock types. 

  Diesel Locomotives
  Electric Locomotives

 Finnish Heritage EMUs

None exist for the moment, but some VR-Yhtymas Sm1 units are to be retired in the coming years.   


 Finnish Heritage DMUs   

Types like Dm6, 8 and 9 will be added here soon.

 Finnish Heritage Steam Locomotives    

Manufacturer and type: Hanomag and Tampella   Vr1   
Class: Vr1       

Technical Information on the Finnish Vr1
Vr1, nick named "Chicken", were built in 1913 - 1927 as L1, late Russian period and early independence of Finland. This locomotive type was designed in Finland and manufactured in Germany by Hanomag and in Finland by Tampella. This was the first "heavy" swither and a very successful one: the last ones were removed from the regular service as late as 1975! The "chicken" nick name derives from the up and down going movement of the locomotive front when moving.   
Vr1 Technical Details 
-> Type: Vr1, originally L1

-> Builder: Tampella (Finland) and Hanomag (Germany)
-> Operator: Valtionrautatiet (Finnish State Railways) 
-> Owners: Several museums and associations  
-> Number of units built: 43, all retired, some in display, nr. 665 in
      museum traffic by Pieksämäen Höyryveturiyhdistys ry.
-> Delivered to use: 1913 - 1927, unit 665 in Pictures was built in 1921     
-> Axles: Ct (3 axles connected) / 0-6-0
-> Unit power (3 axles powered): unknown
-> Starting tractive effort: -
-> Energy source: Steam locomotive burning wood or coal
     (wood is abundant in Finland)    
-> Operational max. speed: 25 km/h, museum use 40 km/h  

-> Mass, metric tons:  44 t net
-> Gauge: 1524 mm (5 ft)  
-> length: 9,1 meters
-> Coupler type: hook and chain
Easy recognition guide

    * 3 axles with no leading axles or tender. 
    * Number series 600  
    * Only seen in Finland  

  See Vr1 / "Chicken" Special Info and Pictures Page...         

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 Finnish Heritage Diesel Locomotives    

Types like Dr12, Dr13, Dv15 and Dv16 will be added here soon.

 Finnish Heritage Electric Locomotives    

None exist for the moment.


Created for by John McKey. Pictures by Hannu Luukannel, Hannu Peltola, Ilkka Siissalo, Sanna Siissalo, Stanislav Voronin and John McKey.

 See also these pages! 

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

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.

Helsinki Area Railroading
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, buses and narrow gauge trams. 


You might also like to see the Finnish Rolling Stock Classes Page or the Rolling Stock Heritage Classes Page!


The Finnish Infrastructure Page gives you details on the railroad projects of past, present and the future. Finnish Railroad History Page describes the beginnings of Finnish railroading.  

Finnish location is quite challenging for the railroading, the European Union Railroading Page and the Rail Baltica Page shed light to this subject.

Russians in Finland Page brings you some of the exotic Russian models, many still dating back to the Soviet period.

Last but not least, Take a virtual tour with a Finnish heritage locomotive Vr1 / "Chicken". This story was brought to by Hannu Peltola.

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