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Finnish Railroading 150 Years Celebration
By John McKey, Pictures by John McKey, Hannu Peltola and Peider SwissTrip

   Part 1: Vintage Hr1 Steamer Pushing Uphill in Karjaa Woods...
   Part 2: Hv1 100 years Old Steam Loco Flying by in Hanko Woods...


The railroads in Finland had the 150th anniversary in 2012. The original line ran and still runs from Helsinki on the southern coast line to Hämeenlinna (Engl: Häme castle) 100 kilometers north of it. This line was chosen after lengthy and colorful discussions, mainly because few waterways for export businesses existed there, unlike in most other places in the densely lakested country. Main articles at the time were all kinds of products of the wood processing industry, but for great majority the saw mills needed to export their lumber.

The first rolling stock came from U.K., a country which had shelled half of the Finnish industries on the coast line to ruins just 8 years before! But relatively soon some imports were also made from Germany and several machine works inside the country started their steady progress too. UK was also one of the main export locations for the saw mill products, so the shelling really is a very hard deed indeed to understand.

Anyway, this year we have celebrated 150 years of moving iron horses on 1524 mm rails (the Russian gauge back then (but not anymore)). And here comes the first loco flying uphill at Karjaa woods in the southern Finland. Enjoy the pictures!

Vintage Hr1 number 1021 in Hanko woods, Finland

Vintage Hr1 number 1021 in Hanko woods, Finland

Vintage Hr1 number 1021 in Hanko woods, Finland

Vintage Hr1 number 1021 in Hanko woods, Finland

Vintage Hr1 number 1021 in Hanko woods, Finland

Vintage Hr1 number 1021 in Hanko woods, Finland

Vintage Hr1 number 1021 in Hanko woods, Finland

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  Hv1 Flying in Hanko Woods

Vintage Hv1 number 555 at Hanko woods, Finland
The Hv1 steam locomotive was about 100 years ago a common passenger locomotive with its roster of 42 manufactured units. The top speed of 95 kmh / 60 mph was quite sufficient for those day's Finland. The success of the class lead to that the last unit was withdrawn from traffic as late as in 1967.

3 units survive today, two as monuments, one in Riihimäki and another next to factory in Tampere where these "Henriks" were manufactured. The third unit, Hv1 / H8 555 is making here a fly by in Hanko woods for celebration. All pictures here are by Hannu. Enjoy the pictures!
Vintage Hv1 number 555 at Hanko woods, Finland

Vintage Hv1 number 555 at Hanko woods, Finland

Vintage Hv1 number 555 at Hanko woods, Finland

Vintage Hv1 number 555 at Hanko woods, Finland
Look at the authentic old coaches and service cars!
Vintage Hv1 number 555 at Hanko woods, Finland

Vintage Hv1 number 555 at Hanko woods, Finland

The Hv1 555 steamer is owned by Finnish railroad museum in Hyvinkää, where the loco can be seen with a whole bunch of other old steamers and other rolling stock. For visiting Finland I recommend going there too!






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