Finland - miscellaneous

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This category is for miscellaneous pictures of small private rail operators and other railroad related pictures from Finland. The title photo above shows a small industrial locomotive of the type Otso 4DD built by the company Saalasti Oy and owned now by the paper factory Metsä Board Ltd in Simpele, Rautjärvi. Picture 22.5.2009 at Simpele station by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Another view of the Otso 4DD locomotive at Simpele station. The Metsä Board paper mill transfers cargo wagons from Simpele station to the factory and back with this locomotive, along a roughly 2 km long track owned by the factory. One man can handle it all. The locomotive is radio controllable with a small handheld device and during shunting work the driver typically stands outside his engine. Photo at Simpele station 22.5.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Driver of the Otso 4DD locomotive and his radio control unit. Picture at Simpele station 22.5.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A former class Dm7 railbus modified to become a catenary wire installation vehicle. Photo at the Finnish Railway Museum in Hyvinkää at 17.1.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Another one of the class Ttv catenary wire installation vehicles, a former class Dm7 railbus. This one is being consumed as a source of spare parts for other historic Dm7 railbuses at the locomotive shed of PoRha, railway hobbyists of northern Finland. Picture in Oulu 11.11.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A former class Rto no.9 railcar. Photo at the Finnish Railway Museum in Hyvinkää at 17.1.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Very similar to the one above, this is the Tre-Rto 111, one of the two railcars of this type of PoRha, railway hobbyists of northern Finland. If you look between the axles, there is a fairly peculiar hydraulic jack system right at the middle of this railcar. It was possible with this installation to lift the wagon off tracks, turn it 180 degrees and lower it back onto the rails and then drive back from where it came from. The machine was built by Teijon tehtaat in 1955. It weighed 1 ton, could carry one driver + 6 other people and was able to reach a speed of 50 km/h. It had a Volkswagen engine. Photo at VR machine workshop in Oulu 11.11.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Another Tre-Rto, number 45. VR used to have a total of 150 railcars. Photo at VR machine workshop in Oulu 11.11.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A little different railcar, the Rau-Rto 35 was intended mainly for comfortable transportation of the big bosses of VR. It was built by the Finnish car maker Sisu in 1962 and had a Ford engine. Top speed varied between 75 and 90 km/h and it could take besides the driver up to five passengers. The railcar is owned by the club PoRha. Photo at VR machine workshop in Oulu 11.11.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Inside view to the driver's seat of the Rau-Rto 35 railcar. Note the pull-out tables and ashtrays for both the driver and a passenger sitting next to the driver. Photo at VR machine workshop in Oulu 11.11.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A very old steam crane, kept then by the museum railway Porvoo station. Picture in Porvoo 29.7.2006 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Same steam crane as above, seen from the other side. Picture in Porvoo 29.7.2006 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A type Otso 1 industrial locomotive made by Saalasti Oy at the museum railway depot in Porvoo. Picture in Porvoo 29.7.2006 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Is it a tractor or is it a locomotive? The answer to both questions is yes. This is a locotractor intended for shunting. It can move both on roads and on rails. It is the Finnish littera Dk, built by Zephir SpA in Italy. VR took two of them in use as an experiment in 2009. One has been at the Ilmala depot in Helsinki and the other one in Hanko, Rauma and Hamina. Photo at Ilmala depot 24.8.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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This is a 1950s small railbus of VR's class Rau-Rto. The wrack was recovered in a desolate state and is here being repaired in working condition by hobbyists of PoRha, Pohjois-Suomen Rautatieharrastajat, railway hobbyists of Northern Finland. It has just received a new engine. Originally these railbuses were used to move track repairing workmen from cities to remote track reparation sites. Picture at the "VR konepaja" (machine workshop) locomotive shed in Oulu 11.11.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Another view of the same Rau-Rto railbus as above. Picture at the VR machine workshop locomotive shed in Oulu 11.11.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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The remains - just the metal parts - of this very old draisine were found buried under sand in northern Finland. Hobbyists from the club PoRha have restored it in workable condition. Picture at the VR machine workshop locomotive shed in Oulu 11.11.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A boat made out of a railbus. This has been a railbus of the class Dm7 of Finnish state railways VR, built in the 1950s. Now it has been converted into a catamaran boat. Inside there is now a living room, sleeping quarters, toilet, kitchen and a sauna. Two railbus coaches have been rebuilt like this to become boats. The conversion has been made in the city of Kuopio, but this one, which now has the name "Lätsä 62" (hat 62) is now owned by Kari and Tuija Ylönen from Säynätsalo, near the city of Jyväskylä.
Picture from the harbour of Jyväskylä in Lutakko, Jyväskylä 9.6.2018 by Mikko Nyman.

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A second view of the railbus boat "Lätsä 62".
Picture from the harbour of Jyväskylä in Lutakko, Jyväskylä 9.6.2018 by Mikko Nyman.

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A third picture of the same boat. It has now more than enough power. In both halves of the catamaran there are two 11 litre engines. These four engines give it a cruising speed of ca. 5-6 knots.
Picture from the harbour of Jyväskylä in Lutakko, Jyväskylä 9.6.2018 by Mikko Nyman.
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