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Jokioinen Museum Railroad in Southern Finland
By John McKey, Pictures by John McKey, Hannu Peltola, Gerry Putz and Ilkka Siissalo

Jokioinen Museum Railway in the southwestern Finland connects the town of Jokioinen to Humppila some 20 kilometers North of it. This is an active museum with very much action seen every weekend when the volunteers are at their hobby. The railway owns two dozen steam locomotives kept in good running condition and another bunch of all kinds of narrow gauge diesels. There are also tens of coaches and freight cars for use, most preserved to their original atmosphere and some even carefully made to their new condition. The railway can be reached either by car from Helsinki, Turku or Tampere, all quite near, or by train via Humppila station, where gauges have an interchange.
Minkiö, Jokioinen Museum Railroad, Finland
Picture above: if you arrive by car, probably the best place to start and leave the car is in the middle of the line at Minkiö station. The site is located just a few kilometers off main road number 2, and the signs will lead you to the museum railroad station. Park the car by the station, buy a card board ticket for yourself and hop on to one of the trains meeting there several times during the day [Timetables]. Both ways you can experience a special atmosphere and old fashioned way of travelling while the landscape rolls slowly past! There is even a spittoon in the corner of most cars!

Inside the coaches, Jokioinen Museum Railroad, Finland
Tickets please! Above the inspection is happening the old-fashioned way while the coach rocks ahead on the museum rail line.


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  Trains on Jokioinen Museum Railroad

General view to Minkiö, Jokioinen Museum Railroad, Finland
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.

Minkiö track gang, Jokioinen Museum Railroad, Finland
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. ...

Climbing the hill near Humppila, Jokioinen Museum Railroad, Finland
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. Climbing the hill near Humppila, Jokioinen Museum Railroad, Finland


Climbing the hill near Humppila, Jokioinen Museum Railroad, Finland


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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Visions Steam and Smoke page
is a directory to many more interesting operating steam railways and locomotives.

Vintage Hv1 number 555 at Hanko woods, Finland
Be sure not to miss the Finnish railroading 150 years festivities!


A steam switcher Vr1 "Chicken" runs tours on occasion from Pieksämäki, in the middle Finland. Follow this unit on its journey through a beautiful Finnish countryside...

General view to Minkiö, Jokioinen Museum Railroad, Finland
Jokioinen Museum Railroad in Finland is an active living narrow gauge railroad...


Ken Storey visited Oregon's Sumpter Valley at its best, trains steaming through the fresh powder snow...


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  Locomotion

The Jokioinen Museum Railroad has collected and preserved exceptionally large number of locomotives kept in good running condition.

Steam Locomotives

Climbing the hill near Humppila, Jokioinen Museum Railroad, Finland
Number 5 "Orion" is easily climbing the hill despite the load of 7 coaches and freight cars in tow. 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. Picture by John McKey.


Number 5 steam locomotive at Museum Railway in Jokioinen, FinlandIn the picture number 5 (so there is another 5 too) "Sohvi" is creating a background for posing on the graduation day (the white cap is a mark of Finnish graduation). Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.


Diesel Locomotives Number 7, Jokioinen Museum Railroad, Finland
This locomotive advertises Nokia showing the industrial roots of the telephone manufacturing company. While businesses like tire making can still be very lucrative in the growing markets, the paper making and cell phone and their base station manufacturing is not. Fortunately this loco has found a safe haven at the Jokioinen museum railway, where it has been rebuilt to as new state.

This narrow gauge diesel was originally used at Nokia (a Finnish city just west of Tampere in the middle Finland) and Pietarsaari on the west coast. It was a standard equipment built by Christoph Schöttler Gmbh. in Germany in 1969. The locomotive has a 5,3 liter diesel which can create 53 kW / 72 Hp pulling power.






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