Jokioinen museum railway is in summer time more alive than many of its contemporary cousins. Devoted volunteers maintain all aspect of the railroad with great care and have slowly built this a leading narrow gauge site for Finland. Unlike the bigger railroad organizations here the Jokioinen museum railroad has also well working international connections, which for example help acquiring and disposing rolling stock without fear of loosing them form the preservation. Many Baltic narrow gauge locomotives, coaches and freight cars have found here a new home this way.
Above an ex. Loviisa - Vesijärvi railroad 2-6-0 is ready to start a train north or Minkiö in the middle of the railroad. On the left next to the station building another train is on its way to the opposite direction headed by a Orion 2-6-2T.
Picture above: keeping up track can be quite time consuming. Here the volunteer track gang is working to replace the switch ties in Minkiö, a work that proved to be require quite a bit more effort than was first estimated. Anyway, now the works is just about finished and the new ties will keep the switch operational for the coming decades.
The train are regularly run on the whole line from Jokioinen at the southern end of the railway through Minkiö all the way to Humppila. The whole one way trip takes about one hour to complete and is a great experience radiating the atmosphere of the past century. ...
Here the unit 5 "Orion" is found hauling a long train across the fields and up a long grade after that. Number 5 was manufactured in Belgium after the WW2 in 1947 by Tubize (Les Ateliers Metallurgiques Nivelles Division de Tubize S.A.). In 1948 the locomotive was shipped until 1964 when it was found out to have a worn out fire box. Then the locomotive was shipped to U.K. for a private restoration, however ending up to Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway museum operation. It was returned to traffic in year 2000 and kept running until 2006 when it was bought back to its home turf at Jokioinen railway.
Running with IOREs in the Swedish north was created for 4rail.net by John McKey. Pictures by Hannu Peltola and John McKey.
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