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The picture contains railroad pictures of Stanislav Voronin from the years 2009 - 2010.

   
Created for 4rail.net by John McKey and Stanislav Voronin. Pictures by Stanislav Voronin.

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VR Sm1 and 2 units in snow in Kerava, Finland
Winter 2012 brought as much snow as 2 previous record years, but within just 3 months. Look at some master shots of Stas from winter 2012...

Karelian Trains Allegro unit 01 front in the air in Vuosaari
Winter 2010 brought Allegro Pendolinos to Karelian Trains. After extensive testing these were taken into use linking Finland and Russia.




Junakalusto Sm5 number 01 at snowy Helsinki main station
Winter 2009 was especially harsh is Finland. Despite this Stasi was out taking pictures of trains, ice and snow!
 
 
       
       
       
       
       
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Winter 2012

 Pictures of Snow and Sun around Kerava and Helsinki Area
VR Sm3 with lots of snow in Kerava, Finland

Very often the harsh reality for taking pictures of trains looks like this...an this environment of white poweder snow that rises to envelop the trains, freezing fingers and cold camera metal create soem challenge to winter photographers.

Here the VR-yhtymä Pendolino Sm3 is zooming past Kerava platform one track away. Well, from the front you can see the train number, here you can only tell it is older Pendo, but not even see its colors! The reddish and greenish cversion exist for the moment.

All pictures by Stanislav Voronin.


JK Sm5 007 with lots of snow in Kerava, Finland

Above the harder than normal reality to both photographer andf the new Flirt train of Junakalusto. Although some alterations needed to be made to these EMUs in early 2012, Stadler has been exceptionally talented inn creating a well working concept of commuter train to this far north and this demanding conditions. Above unit 007 at Kerava preparing to return to Helsinki main as N train.

Below another calss Sm5 Flirt train of Junakalusto squeezed between the piles of snow.

JK Sm5 001 with lots of snow in Kerava, Finland

 

VR Sm1 and 2 units in snow in Kerava, Finland

The further to spring you go, the more sunshine there is. Here is one of the Stas' favorite Sm2 untis with one Sm1 squeezed in between. The triple units are run almost always coupled together to minimize any interference of the winter werather. Coupling, uncoupling, and recoupling was found to be a major cause of delays, so this is now avoided as much as possible.

And here is the same train seen the other way...

VR Sm1 and 2 units in snow in Kerava, Finland

Allegro 400 series looking Pendolino and VR-Yhtyma 400 -series Pendolino inside the depot. Noticeably much of the trains, 10 years apart in designing, are the same! Why change something that works well and sacrifice using the same maintenance parts! However, once you start looking at the details you will see some differences like a different roofline (not visible on Allegro from this angle), improved headlights, etc. Allegro also has the orange colored front due to the Russian regulations for the better visibility.

 

 
VR Sr2 3240 with an IC2 in Kerava, Finland

Here is another snowy view from Kerava: almost obscured IC2 long distance express train lead by a class Sr2.

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Winter 2010

  Allegro Arriving for Karelian Trains in January 2010
Karelian Trains Allegro Pendolino Sm6 nr1 unit onlin for the first time in Kerava, Finland

This is the first picture _ever_ of the Allegro Pendolino unit of Karelian Trains online! The Karelian Trains four Pendolino 400 series trains will start their revenue traffic between the Metropolitans of Helsinki, Finland and St Petersburg, Russia. The seven car unit trains will slash the travel times to almost half: 3,5 hours on this 331 kilometer distance (slightly more on the rail).


Karelian Trains Allegro Pendolino unit outside Ilmala depot in Käpylä, Helsinki, Finland

The new high speed tracks will be built for this traffic on both sides of the border so the demand was expected to be much higher than just 4 units! The Russian Railways RzD could order more Velaros for this stretch, extending the route maybe even to Helsinki - St Petersburg - Moscow, and VR-Yhtyma in Finland could easily adapt and deploy some of its large Pendolino fleet to the international traffic, though changes to these trains would be needed.

 

Karelian Trains Allegro Pendolino unit outside Ilmala depot in Käpylä, Helsinki, Finland

The Allegro Pendolinos of Karelian Trains have both Finnish and Russian railway systems installed: the train is double current unit capable of using both 25kV 50 Hz (Finnish and Russian) and 3000V DC (Russian) electrical systems. It also has train control for both Finnish and Russian systems. ETCS is not yet implemented widely on the Finnish rail networks, so there is a need for old expensive system as well. Radio systems are installed for both countries. Notice the pole sticking from the smooth Pendolino roof! There is another a little further back and a wire between these. This must be similar radio system that you could find in use on many U.S. railroads in the pre WW2 era, even the measurements are about the same. Some old analog stuff still works well enough not to be replaced by newer model! Above the headlight behind the airconditioning unit looking bulge there are actually horns for both countries (as Russia is not part of the European Union, two systems are needed for just about everything). The horns look pretty much like what you see in the U.S. What a shame they are covered, this feature would had added much to the looks of the train!

 

Karelian Trains Allegro Pendolino unit outside Ilmala depot, Helsinki, Finland

The unit 01 of the four train fleet of the Karelian Trains is snaking to its bay at the depot area of Ilmala, Helsinki. Due to demanding winter conditions these depots are obligatory for the maintenance of the state of the art new tilting Pendolino units and have earlier proven their value with the large Finnish VR-Yhtyma Pendfolino fleet as well.


Karelian Trains Allegro Pendolino Sm6 nr1 unit inside Ilmala depot with a Pendolino Sm3 of VR-Yhtyma, Helsinki, Finland

Allegro 400 series looking Pendolino and VR-Yhtyma 400 -series Pendolino inside the depot. Noticeably much of the trains, 10 years apart in designing, are the same! Why change something that works well and sacrifice using the same maintenance parts! However, once you start looking at the details you will see some differences like a different roofline (not visible on Allegro from this angle), improved headlights, etc. Allegro also has the orange colored front due to the Russian regulations for the better visibility.

 

 
Karelian Trains Allegro Pendolino unit Inside Ilmala depot, Helsinki, Finaönd

Another angle to the tilting Pendolino lines. Notice that the mirrors have been replaced by the rear view cameras, first time this far north!

 

Karelian Trains Allegro Pendolino unit and the company management from Finland and Russia

Ali Huttunen the CEO of Karelian Trains and his Russian counterpart Akulov (Vice President of the RzD, the Russian Railways) pose for the camera during the official press meeting of the Allegros. Huttunen has an impressive record on maniging the taking into use of the Pendolinos in an exceptionally short time for Finnish VR-Yhtyma, so we expected to see Allegro Pendolinos in traffic in record time too, and it turned out so! The nationalities show well in picture above, guess who is a Finn and who Russian?

 

Below some pictures of the first Allegro unit arriving in the harsh winter weather to Vuosaari harbor in Helsinki, Finland.

Karelian Trains Allegro unit 01 front in the air in Vuosaari
Karelian Trains Allegro unit 01 front in the air in Vuosaari
Karelian Trains Allegro unit 01 front in the air in Vuosaari
Karelian Trains Allegro unit 01 front in the air in Vuosaari

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Winter 2009

  Pictures of the Harsh Finnish Winter in 2009
Junakalusto Sm5 number 01 at snowy Helsinki main station
Picture above: The new (Sm5 Flirt train number 02) and the to be withdrawn units (Sm1 unit number 6046/6246) meet under the arches of the Helsinki Main station train shed.

Picture below: 3 out of 4 rolling stock types at early morning Helsinki Main station picture are already of the common European family. From behind: the Sr2 (Swiss Re460 variant), Sm4 "Rabbit" of Alstom, Sm1 "Sami" manufactured by Valmet and Strömberg of Finland and the new class Sm5 "Flirt" EMU out of the fleet growing every few weeks. The new trains will bring low floor travelling into everyones reach, making boarding and unboarding trains both faster, more comfortable and safer. You can literally fall to the icy platform from the heights of the obsolete Sm1 and Sm2 trains! Besides the Flirt units can accelerate and decelerate faster while conserving braking energy back to the electric networks.
Helsinki Main station with many types of rolling stock in winter
Finnish VR Sm1 number 6044 in a snow at Kerava, Finland
Picture above: Unit 6044 of the soon to be withdrawn Sm1 and Sm2 fleet. Picture taking in the semidarkness is extremely hard and to make things even worse you get your fingers frozen with the camera, so this picture in the calm Kerava station before the morning rush is a masterpiece from Stanislav! Look at the handling of the light!

Picture below: One of the first revenue runs for the Sm5 Flirt train to Kerava the unit is already literally bathing in the snow! Look at the baby cart on the station platform, for the Flirt trains you can just roll the cart in, in the obsolete Sm1 and Sm2 you have to raise it for over half a meter (3 steps), which is quite an accomplishment in any situation. This can also be seen as an unusual design mistake from the people in Finland who designed the Sm1 and 2 several decades ago, probably they never thought families with little kids could use local commuter trains or elderly for that matter, and at the time the disabled obviously did not wheel around with their manual or electric chairs either.
Kerava station in a heavy snow fall with an sm5 unit 01

Finnish VR Sm4 number xxxx in a heavy snow in Koivukylä, Vantaa

Picture above: One of the large fleet of Sm4 rabbits of VR-Yhtyma stops in the snow at Koivukyla station in Vantaa, Finland. These units are partly low floored as well and have a remarkable 160 km/h (100 mph) top speed for use between the larger population centers around Helsinki. Since the 2011 the class Sm5 Flirt trains replaced the Rabbits in Helsinki Metropolitan area local traffic and the Sm4 units could be assigned to their original intended use in regional traffic only.

Junakalusto Sm5 number 01 in Koivukyla, Vantaa in the heavy snow storm
Picture above: Unit 01 of the Paakaupunkiseudun Junakalusto Oy owned Flirt (Fast light Innovative Regional Train) fleet is making its way trough the snow in Vantaa.

Picture below: Yellow lights show the still shiny new paint of the Sm5 number 02 in Kerava station, Finland. The white, green and blue livery combined with gray brought fresh winds to Finns accustomed to see the VR Yhtyma's almost all red-gray-white fleet.
Junakalusto Sm5 number 02 in Kerava "yellow darkness"
The Sm5 unit seen from above

Picture above: Sm5 Flirt train seen from above. In earlier trains the technical parts have been shielded from the weather behind the covers to keep the snow out. However, even these open top trains handle the snow and ice packing on them quite well!

Below the Sr2 unit 3236 is ready to start a train to Turku harbor in the southwestern Finland. Where the Swiss Flirt EMUs handle the winter quite well also the LOK2000 program of Switzerland derived Sr2 locos are quite at home in Finnish harsh winter climate.

The VR-Yhtymä Sr2 number 3236 in Helsinki Main covered with snow
Finnish VR Yhtyma Sr2 number 3246 at Helsinki Main
The same place from the opposite direction in the summer. Quite a difference in the weather!
 

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