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  • Tampere Škoda Smart Artic X34 autonomous tram trial (Photo Skoda Group)
    Metro Report International

    Driverless tram operation demonstrated in depot


    FINLAND: The driverless movement of a tram around the Tampere tramway’s depot has been demonstrated, with Škoda Group saying its ’marks a significant step towards full autonomy’. The Škoda ForCity Smart Artic X34 tram was set tasks remotely. It then moved around the depot ...

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    Finnish EMUs to have propane-based HVAC units


    HVAC: Liebherr-Transportation Systems has developed its first series-produced heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units to use propane as an alternative to more environmentally harmful refrigerants. The concept was developed in co-operation with TÜV Süd. Stadler Polska has ordered 80 of the saloon HVAC units, 80 heat recovery ...

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    Shunting robot deployed at Finnish port


    FINLAND: Vollert Anlagenbau has supplied a Tandem DER 150 radio-controlled shunting robot to move trains being loaded with iron sulphate at the port of Pori in Finland. The 100 tonne machine has a Stage V-compliant diesel engine powering four electric motors on the four axles and ...

  • Siemens Mobility ETCS

    Finnish ETCS contract awarded


    FINLAND: Siemens Mobility has been awarded a contract to deploy ETCS Level 2 and hybrid train detection on the first route which to be upgraded under the government’s Digirail project to replace legacy train control systems. Siemens Mobility said the 191 km route between Lielahti, Rauma ...

  • dk Nordjyske Jernbaner VR FleetCare contract photo Morten Larsen

    Bogie maintenance contract


    DENMARK: Regional operator Nordjyske Jernbaner A/S has awarded VR FleetCare a contract covering the overhaul of bogies and pneumatic components for its fleet of Alstom Coradia LINT multiple-units. The work will be undertaken by VR FleetCare’s Component Services business unit at facilities in Helsinki and Pieksämäki. ...

  • Allegro trainset (Photo VR)

    Finland’s VR takes over Helsinki – St Petersburg Allegro train fleet


    FINLAND: National operator VR has taken over the four Sm6 trainsets which its Karelian Trains joint venture with Russian Railways previously used on Helsinki – St Petersburg services. The seven-car dual-voltage Alstom Pendolino tilting trainsets were used on the international service from 2010 until operations were ...

  • Helsinki Espoo Jokeri light rail line (Photo John Pagni)(5)
    Metro Report International

    Jokeri light rail line opens early and below budget


    FINLAND: Helsinki Regional Transport opened its 25 km orbital light rail line serving the Helsinki-Espoo conurbation for revenue service on October 21, almost a year ahead of schedule. Running from Itäkeskus in eastern Helsinki to Keilaniemi in neighbouring Espoo to the west, the line is branded ...

  • Turku tram impression (Image City of Turku)
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    Turku council backs light rail proposal


    FINLAND: Turku city council has approved the further development of plans for a light rail line. The proposal was approved by the city council on October 2 after two years of development and consultation. The double-track-line would run 12 km from Satama in the west through ...

  • Tampere tram
    Metro Report International

    Tampere tramway extension planning contract awarded


    FINLAND: Two local authorities and project promoter Tampereen Ratikka have appointed an alliance of Sweco, YIT, AFRY and NRC Group to support the €12·5m development of proposals for the third phase of the Tampere tramway. One proposed extension would run 9·3 km from the city centre ...

  • Fenniarail Vectron

    Private operator’s Vectron locomotive arrives in Finland


    FINLAND: What future operator Fenniarail says is the first electric locomotive to be acquired by a private operator in Finland arrived at the port of Hanko from Germany on September 17. Fenniarail ordered the Siemens Mobility Vectron electric locomotive in September 2022. The 1 524 mm ...

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    Metro Report International

    First phase of Tampere tramway extension opens


    FINLAND: The first stage of the 6·7 km Pyynikintori – Lentävänniemi extension of the Tampere tram network opened on August 7, running 2 km to Santalahti and adding three stops. Construction began in November 2020, and opening celebrations were held on August 6. Work on the ...

  • Vantaa tram impression
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    Vantaa votes to proceed with tram plan


    FINLAND: Vantaa council has backed the development of a tramway in the city, which is part of the Helsinki capital area. The council voted 41:26 in favour of the project on May 22. The line would run for 19·3 km from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to the Jumbo ...

  • VR Transpoint round wood train for Kemi mill

    Precise planning pays off as Finnish wood trains launch


    FINLAND: National freight operator VR Transpoint has launched a ‘fine-tuned’ service transporting round wood by train to Metsä Group’s new Kemi bioproduct mill. The mill is due to start operation in Q3 2023, producing 1·5 million tonnes of pulp per year along with 2·0 TWh of ...

  • VR Transpoint Stadler DR19 diesel locomotive (Photo VR)

    First Dr19 diesel locomotive enters service


    FINLAND: The first of 60 Class Dr19 diesel locomotives being supplied by Stadler has entered revenue service with national operator VR, hauling round wood from Kemi to Kolari on May 3. In April 2019 VR awarded Stadler a €220m contract to supply 60 of the centre-cab ...

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    Converting Finland’s rail network to standard gauge is not financially viable, study finds


    FINLAND: A study has concluded that converting the 1 524 mm broad gauge national railway network to the European standard of 1 435 mm would not be financially viable. Recognising that regauging would facilitate international passenger and freight traffic and could simplify rolling stock procurement, the ...

  • Operail Finland
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    Nurminen sees opportunities for growth following acquisition of Operail Finland


    FINLAND: Nurminen Logistics says its purchase of Estonian national freight operator Operail’s Finnish business has attracted great interest from its customers in Finland, central Europe and China. Nurminen announced the completion of the transaction on February 14, saying it was now a full-service rail freight operator ...

  • Kouvola RRT freight terminal (1)

    Finnish dry port opens


    FINLAND: The Kouvola Rail & Road Terminal has been completed, roughly equidistant from the Russian border and the port of Helsinki and near to the ports of Hamina and Kotka. The terminal has been developed by the city of Kouvola, which says it is Finland’s first ...

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    Timber wagon shunter delivered


    FINLAND: Forestry company Metsä Group has taken delivery of the first of two Windhoff Bahn & Anlagentechnik TeleTrac RW100EM-DT shunting machines for moving timber wagons at its Kemi pulp and paper mill. The fully electric shunters have two cable-connected 50 tonne sections ...

  • Operail Finland CEO Ilkka Seppänen with Wabtec Powerhaul

    Operail agrees sale of Finnish rail freight business


    FINLAND: Nurminen Logistics has signed an agreement to purchase the Finnish activities of Operail, the Estonian state freight operator which is divesting its non-core activities. Subject to Finnish regulatory approval of €27·7m sale and purchase agreement announced on January 13, the entire share capital of Operail ...

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    VR orders more night train rolling stock


    FINLAND: National operator VR has selected Škoda Transtech to supply nine sleeping cars and eight car-carrying vans to enter service from the end of 2025.