Finland - miscellaneous train coaches

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The shortest express trains in Finland are typically just two coaches long. One is an old blue and grey coach from the 1960s with a small cargo department and the other one is a modern doubledecker normally used in IC2 trains. Now in 2017 even these compositions have been taken out of use. Time is over for the old light grey - blue coaches. Picture in Oulu 20.5.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo

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Sm3 Pendolino series train's passenger compartment at the time when the Pendolinos were new. Photo by VR. Uploaded Feb 16, 1998

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VR used in rush hour traffic locomotive hauled rakes of coaches of the class Eil instead of electric multiple units in the very busiest times in the fairly long routes from Helsinki to Riihimäki and Lahti for many years. These coaches were specifically built for commuter traffic. Originally they were dark red, but received later VR's new green and white livery. In 2017 all these coaches were taken out of service. Picture at Helsinki main station 9.9.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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For comparison with the previous picture: This is what the locomotive hauled Eil carriage rakes originally looked like. Picture at Riihimäki station 27.2.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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This is a piece of cold war history. When Russia won the war and forced Finland to "rent" a huge area of land, the so called Porkkala enclave, to Russia as a military and naval base and put about 30 000 hostile soldiers thus in the immediate vicinity of the Finnish capital city, this rental area also cut the Helsinki to Turku main railroad line. When express trains through the Porkkala area again could start running, all the coaches were fitted with window shutters so that it was impossible for the passengers to see anything in the Russian enclave area. There were armed soldiers in all coaches while the trains passed the Russian area. This was called "the longest railroad tunnel in the world" as nowhere else passengers would have to travel for so long without seeing anything. This is a pre-war VR class Eims coach, fitted with the blindfolds that the Russian army demanded. Picture 20.4.2003 in Kontiomäki by Ilkka Siissalo.

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One of the newest coaches of VR is the doubledecker restaurant car "Duetto Plus". Picture in Ilmala, Helsinki 7.1.2014 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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VR started using driving trailer coaches only recently. The class Edo coaches are built by Transtech, now a part of the Škoda group. On the right one of the old Soviet built Sr1 locomotives. Picture at Helsinki central station 16.3.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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The blue and grey wagons were typical in all express trains in Finland in the 1970s and 1980s. These two are of the littera CEmt, sleeper wagons that were used in the long routes from Turku or Helsinki in the south to Lapland. Now the old blue wagons are almost all gone. A couple of these sleeper coaches can still occasionally be seen during the winter holiday season times in trains to Lapland full of skiers. Picture at the Ilmala depot in Helsinki 24.8.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A 1930s express train post wagon class Bt, here at the museum railway depot in Porvoo. Photo at Porvoo station 29.7.2006 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A 1930s express train sleeperette wagon, here at the museum railway depot in Porvoo, serving as kind of a hotel for the museum railway workers. Photo at Porvoo station 29.7.2006 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A 1930s express train wagon in excellent condition at Kovjoki station. Picture 13,6.2004 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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In 1942 when the that time leader of Finland, marshal C.G.E Mannerheim had his 75th birthday, Adolf Hitler decided to take the long trip to visit him. Hitler took the dangerous trip flying with a Focke-Wulf Condor - a trip which by the way, very nearly cost Hitler's life as the aeroplane almost hit a factory chimney. Hitler landed in Immola, close to Imatra. Hitler and Mannerheim met in Mannerheim's saloon train coach on a side track near the Immola airfield on the 4th of June 1942. This is exactly that famous coach. Today it stands forgotten at the backyard of a Shell petroleum station in Sastamala and it is used as a restaurant cabinet. The poor, valuable coach would need immediate repairs and restoration. Picture in Sastamala 9.8.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Another view of marshal Mannerheim's saloon coach as it is today. Picture in Sastamala 9.8.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Inside view of marshal Mannerheim's saloon coach as it is today, used as a restaurant cabinet. Picture in Sastamala 9.8.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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In 2017 VR launched an art competition for youngsters. The winner was a 16 years old girl from Vaasa and this is her work of art, an art coach, with the text "We all are pieces of art". The coach was taped like this in March 2017 and here it is seen as a part of InterCity 70 from Kajaani to Helsinki. Picture 12.7.2017 in Iisalmi by Ilkka Siissalo.
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