Site admins:

Friends of the
Alpine Railways

c/o
Ilkka Siissalo
Nummenraitti 40
FI-04370 Rusutjärvi
Finland
Tel. +35840 8205380
ilkka.siissalo (ät) iki.fi

New Polish commuter train, the "Elf" or EN76 of Pesa, owned by Koleje Masowieckie (Masowian railways) at Swiercze station 27.6.2015. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.


What is this site?

This FUNET railway pictures archive is one of the oldest online sources of train and tram related photos. Its story began roughly at the same time as that of the www. In the meantime, several other good quality train picture sites have emerged, and for about a decade nothing happened here. Now in 2016 we are trying to make a revamp and start publishing here much more pictures than previously were available. The site got a new name, railpics.club, but the old and existing URL address http://www.nic.funet.fi/pub/pics/railways works nevertheless as well and leads you here.

This site is now maintained by members of a Finnish railways enthusiasts club, Alppirautatieharrastajat, or Friends of the Alpine Railways together with some other voluntary railway hobbyists we got to know over Facebook. We want to express our gratitude to the Finnish academic network FUNET and FUNET's parent organisation CSC, for kindly providing us with the necessary server space.

What is the difference between this site and most of the other railways pictures sites? Firstly, the pictures are published "as is", that is, we have not done much photoshopping. Probably you can improve many of the photos if you have time and good photoshop skills. Newer pictures are also provided in a large format, "full size", whereas most other sites limit the resolution of pictures to a very small size to conserve disk space. All the material you can find here, you are welcome to use in any way you like, (with the exception of company copyrighted pictures specifically marked), but obviously it would be nice if you would mention the original photographer's name if you republish the material. And if you print any of these pictures for example in a magazine, the photographers would be delighted if you could post them a paper copy or pdf copy of your publication where the picture appeared. For this purpose you'll find the address and contact details of the chief admin at the top left of this front page. It's always nice to see one's own photos being used in a meaningful and useful way.


Picture categories

Please note that in all categories you can always get the full size picture by clicking on the thumbnail pictures !!


What is new? The latest additions

  • 10.12.2017 Published a lot more pictures of Slovenian trains.
  • 7.12.2017 Added new categories for Serbia, Georgia, Slovenia and Algeria, but there is not yet much content in them.
  • 6.12.2017 Published a really nice set of VR Vectron class Sr3 pictures in the category Finland-electric locomotives. Scroll to the bottom of the long page to see. Pictures are from our friend Peider Trippi from Switzerland.
  • 30.11.2017 Created a new category "Russia", but there are not yet very many pictures in it.
  • 26.11.2017 Publshed a large set of really nice pictures from Belarus by Markku Salo. Updated the category Israel to use 600pix wide thumbnail pictures.
  • 16.11.2017 Published again a lot of pictures from Poland, especially into the category Poland -> narrow gauge
  • 15.11.2017 Published more pictures from Poland, especially in the category Poland -> regional electric trains.
  • 14.11.2017 Published new pictures in the categories Poland -> Trams and Poland -> private cargo trains.
  • 6.11.2017 Started revamping the French sections and published a lot of new material there. More will follow...
  • 13.10.2017 Published a new page of the Warsaw metro, see Poland -> Metro of Warsaw. Published also a picture of a funicular in Baku, AZ.
  • 10.10.2017 Published new pictures from Poland plus some from Portugal.
  • 21.9.2017 Published a totally new section of Kosovo based on pictures of Markku Salo.
  • 17.9.2017 Published new pictures of trams as well as electric and diesel multiple units of Poland.
  • 7.8.2017 Published a number of new pictures in the categories Poland/trams and Poland/InterCity
  • 6.8.2017 Published more pictures from Poland as well as steam locomotive pictures from Finland.
  • 2.8.2017 Published a lot of new pictures from Poland.
  • 1.8.2017 Published new pictures from Latvia and Lithuania. Created new categories for trains and trams of Poland and started publishing first Polish pictures.
  • To see the earlier updates of this site, please click here

This is the last picture added to the site

The Slovenian Railways class 363 locomotives were made by Alsthom in France in the 1970s and they very much resemble similar French and Dutch machines. This one is still in its original mustard yellow livery in 2007. Picture from Logatec station in Slovenia 9.7.2007 by Ilkka Siissalo.


1950s and 2017 trains meeting. The new one is a Swiss made Stadler FLIRT and the old one is a 1950s class Dm7 railbus. Both have in turn been running the route Helsinki - Kerava. Picture from Kerava station in Finland 22.7.2017 by Otto Eemil Juntunen.


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