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  • fi Operail PowerHaul loco hauling a train in Finland
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    Operail begins open access freight operations in Finland

    2020-11-05T12:11:00Z

    FINLAND: Estonian national freight operator Operail ran its first commercial open access train in Finland on November 3. Port operator Rauanheimo has appointed Operail to provide haulage services from the Russian border at Vainikkala to the port of Koverhar in Hanko, around 120 km west ...

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    Väylä to test synthetic sleepers

    2020-10-19T10:00:00Z

    FINLAND: Transport infrastructure agency Väylä has started testing FFU synthetic sleepers from Sekisui on the 1 524 mm gauge national network, to assess their suitability for use in very low temperatures.

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    ‘Two-pronged’ locomotive brake maintenance contract awarded

    2020-08-27T05:00:00Z

    FINLAND: The national railway group’s rolling stock maintenance company VR FleetCare has awarded Knorr-Bremse RailServices a contract to maintain the brake control and wheel slide protection equipment on 46 Sr2 electric locomotives until 2028. The mixed-traffic locos have been in service since the mid-1990s. They are ...

  • Stadler has awarded Teltronic a contract to supply TETRA onboard voice and data radio equipment for 60 diesel shunting locomotives which national railway VR ordered last year.
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    Teltronic to supply TETRA radios for Finnish locomotives

    2020-08-07T10:00:00Z

    FINLAND: Stadler has awarded Teltronic a contract to supply TETRA onboard voice and data radio equipment for 60 diesel shunting locomotives which national railway VR ordered last year. The contract covers 60 RTP-300 EN50155/EN45545 compliant radio sets, RCC-3000 touchscreen control consoles and accessories for driver’s voice ...

  • fi-first Operail PowerHauls arrive in Finland
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    PowerHaul locos arrive in Finland as Operail expands outside Estonia

    2020-06-29T11:20:00Z

    FINLAND: Wabtec announced on June 26 that the first two of nine broad gauge PowerHaul diesel locomotives had been delivered to the port of Hanko in Finland for use by the local arm of Estonian state-owned operator Operail. The 1 524 mm gauge locomotives are being ...

  • Mitsubishi Electric Corp has acquired a 34% stake in EKE Group’s train automation and management systems business EKE-Electronics.
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    Mitsubishi Electric Corp acquires stake in EKE-Electronics

    2020-06-03T07:00:00Z

    FINLAND: Mitsubishi Electric Corp has acquired a 34% stake in EKE Group’s train automation and management systems business EKE-Electronics. The companies have also entered into a wide-ranging co-operation agreement. This gives EKE-Electronics access to fast-growing markets as well as resources for further development, and the ability ...

  • fi Tampere's first tram has been delivered (Photo: Pasi Tiitola, Tampere Tramway)
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    Tampere’s first tram delivered for testing

    2020-05-26T13:08:00Z

    FINLAND: The first of 19 ForCity Smart Artic trams to operate the future Tampere tram network was delivered to the city by Škoda Transtech on May 25. Zdeněk Majer, board member of parent company Škoda Transportation, said the bidirectional 100% low-floor trams were a ‘modern, technically ...

  • Map of the future 25 km Raide-Jokeri orbital light rail line in Helsinki.
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    Helsinki regional transport authority to award Raide-Jokeri light rail operating contract

    2020-05-14T05:00:00Z

    FINLAND: The board of Helsinki Regional Transport Authority HSL has approved plans for the future operation of the Raide-Jokeri 25 km inter-urban light rail line which is currenty under construction. HSL is to directly award the capital’s transport operator HKL a contract ...

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    Free webinars to support UK rail suppliers seeking export opportunities

    2020-05-11T10:59:00Z

    UK: The Railway Industry Association is holding a series of free webinars in partnership with the Department for International Trade to support UK rail companies looking to win export business. Participants will hear from DIT Trade Advisors about opportunities arising in a number of European countries. ...

  • Helsinki regional transport authority HSL has named VR as the winner of a contract to operate the capital’s commuter rail services
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    Helsinki commuter train operating contract won by ‘competitive, cost-effective and innovative’ bid

    2020-05-05T15:26:00Z

    FINLAND: Helsinki regional transport authority HSL has named national incumbent VR as the winner of a contract to operate the capital’s commuter rail services for 10 years from June 27 2021, with an option for a further three years. The announcement on May 5 follows the ...

  • Turku tram impression
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    Turku council backs tramway plan

    2020-04-28T13:22:00Z

    FINLAND: Turku city council gave the go-ahead to plan for the reintroduction of trams on April 20. This would form part of a wider urban development programme which aims to make the city a more attractive place to live and work, the municipality said. The city’s ...

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    Turnout monitoring pilot project

    2020-03-29T06:00:00Z

    FINLAND: A pilot project to use real-time data to provide warnings of potential turnout failure is being undertaken by the national railway’s VR FleetCare subsidiary and the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, Väylävirasto. Equipment from internet of things specialist Vire Labs is being used to monitor 80 ...

  • fi Tampere tramway Vossloh HSG-city
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    Vossloh tramway rail grinding machine delivered to Tampere

    2020-03-16T08:51:00Z

    FINLAND: Vossloh has supplied a HSG-city rail grinding machine for the Y-shaped tramway which is under construction in the city of Tampere for opening in August 2021. The contract includes the supply of spare parts and a servicing agreement covering the machine’s annual maintenance. Vossloh ...

  • Transtech tram for Helsinki.
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    Helsinki contactless fare payment contract awarded

    2020-03-09T12:03:00Z

    A Transtech tram for Helsinki. FINLAND: The LMJ ticketing and technology services company owned jointly by Helsinki regional transport authority HSL and 21 municipalities has awarded Littlepay a three-year contract to roll-out its contactless EMV payment platform. Deployment is to begin with a flat-fare pilot ...

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    Finland negotiates next contract for loss-making passenger services

    2020-02-21T13:01:00Z

    FINLAND: The Ministry of Transport Communications and national operator VR have begun negotiations for the next contract to provide socially-desirable passenger services under a public service obligation contract. While most VR services are operated on a market basis, the ministry spends €30m/year purchasing the ...

  • VR has awarded Hitachi Rail STS a contract to supply onboard train control equipment for the 60 diesel-electric locomotives it has ordered from Stadler Valencia.
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    Hitachi Rail STS awarded VR ETCS contract

    2020-02-17T13:16:00Z

    FINLAND: Stadler has awarded Hitachi Rail STS a contract to provide onboard train control equipment for the 60 diesel-electric locomotives it is to supply to national railway VR . This will be compatible with ETCS Baseline 3.6 as well as the JKV national train protection system. ...

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    Two bids to operate Helsinki commuter services

    2020-02-10T13:58:00Z

    FINLAND: Greater Helsinki transport authority HSL has received two bids for a contract to operator commuter train services for 10 years from June 27 2021. It did not name the bidders, although national operator VR – which currently provides the services under a directly-awarded contract – ...

  • fi Helinki metro train (HKL)
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    Helsinki metro fleet expansion and cab modifications agreed

    2020-02-06T11:31:00Z

    FINLAND: Helsinki transport operator HKL has awarded CAF a €39·9m contract to supply a further five four-car M300 metro trainsets and provide spare parts over their expected 40-year life. The additional M300 sets are scheduled for delivery from CAF’s Zaragoza plant in 2022, providing an increase ...

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    Polarteknik begins production of next-generation of train door control units

    2019-11-21T05:00:00Z

    FINLAND: Polarteknik has begun production of its latest design of control units for internal doors on trains. The D56 is designed with the flexibility to accommodate the varing passenger flow and functionality requirements of vestibules, saloon, catering vehicles, accessible toilets and gangway fire doors. As well ...

  • Fenniarail locos
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    Finnish open access operator expands fleet

    2019-11-14T05:00:00Z

    FINLAND: Open access freight operator Fenniarail has placed a firm order for CZ Loko to supply an EffiShunter 1600 Co-Co diesel-electric loco in 2020, with an option for six more. The Czech manufacturer supplied five similar machines to Fenniarail in 2015 and 2017. The 1 524 ...