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New maintenance depot in Oulu



In this spring VR starts construction of new maintenance depot in Oulu. Construction will be completed by the end of 2013. New depot will be used for passenger trains & locomotives maintenance & cleaning and is part of company's restructuring process - until now passenger trains maintenance was mainly done in Helsinki,Turku & Tampere. New depot would allow to perform service further North,reducing any delays.

Facts about new Oulu depot:
Length of main hall: 334m
Width of main hall: 77m
Total size: 17500m²
Cost of construction: 46 million €

Depot's train hall can accommodate 4 Pendolino trains or two 12 wagons train at the same time and maintenance hall is capable of accommodating 9 locomotives or carriages.

Sources: http://www.vr-konserni.fi/fi/vakiolinkit/VR-konsernitiedottaa/news_20120301130742.html
http://www.radiomega.fi/index.php?mw=vr&option=com_sbsarticle&tmpl=blog&cid=45383&cat=1
 

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As part of it's 150th anniversary,VR has restored historic train and named it "Valtteri".

"Valtteri" train is composed of historic passenger car from various periods - second class wagons are built in 1950-1970s,third class wagon was built in 1940s and the saloon wagon is built in 1927. Train is hauled by Dr13 diesel locomotive (manufactured in 1960s). Train renovation begun in 2010 and was completed in this January.

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Ratarahti OY is allowed to start freight hauling.

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Imatra based Ratarahti OY is first private company which received permission to start cargo hauling operations on Finnish railways,after railway market was opened to private companies in 2007 under EU agreement. At first company starts hauling goods between Kaukopää factory and Pelkola. Shipments begin in the autumn 2012.

Source: http://yle.fi/uutiset/ensimmainen_vrn_kilpailija_sai_toimiluvan_rautatiekuljetuksiin/6098003
 

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Ratarahti OY is allowed to start freight hauling.

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Imatra based Ratarahti OY is first private company which received permission to start cargo hauling operations on Finnish railways,after railway market was opened to private companies in 2007 under EU agreement. At first company starts hauling goods between Kaukopää factory and Pelkola. Shipments begin in the autumn 2012.

Source: http://yle.fi/uutiset/ensimmainen_vrn_kilpailija_sai_toimiluvan_rautatiekuljetuksiin/6098003
Ratarahti is another name for a company that has already been providing shunting services within factories' own tracks. Therefore it already has some rolling stock ready as well as experience on railway traffic.
 

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A few construction updates of Kehärata (Ring Rail Line) copypasted from Talo:




[photo: Purkki^]
8 km long tunnel's eastern entrance at Ilola.



[photo: Purkki^]
Just some hundred meters to the east - the line will go elevated in turn. Old Main railway lies a few hundred meters to the left from this pic - Kehärata will join that via somewhat massive railway intersection, hence the elevation.



[photo: Purkki^]
Leinelä, one of the four new stations (there are future options for five more stations (=9 stations all in all), but four new stations will decidedly serve from the very beginning). So far Leinelä looks rather empty, but surroundigs will get built, of course.



[photo: weba]
...and western entrance between Lapinkylä and Viinikkala.

Looking good. Just some 2-3 more years to wait and HKI no longer lacks railway connection to its airport, yay!
 

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^^ Ah, of course! Thanks... Too much cross-copypasting. :doh:

Btw. I accidentially saw that historic train "Valtteri" at Helsinki Central today. But didn't have any decent camera, only my crappy cell phone...



That old diesel loco (Dr13) still had quite authentic and strong smell to it. :)
 

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Heheh,I know the feeling :D It's typical not to have a decent camera along with you,when smth interesting happens.

Thanks for relaying Kehärata photos. It looks damn impressive! :) Btw,it raised a question - how long has it been planned? Imho,Vantaa airport would have deserved to have a decent rail link already 10-15 years ago :-/
 

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^^ It's been just as controversial subject as the western Metro extension, a huge conflict of political interests. And since the 70's this wretched political game has prevented any "greater good" to happen. Typical in Finland. :(

To put it short, opposers argue the state shouldn't predominately finance a project that serves unilaterally the capital region. As of 2008 Kehärata was estimated to cost about 590 mio e of which the state is supposed to pay 404 mio. This very same juxtapositioning and fuss appears with pretty much every big infrastructure project in (Southern) Finland – big bad Helsinki region always hoards what belongs to others.

Lentorata has been an alternative project that Kehärata opposers favour:



As you can see, Lentorata would quarantee straight connections to Helsinki-Vantaa from pretty much all other parts of Finland (except Turku). A good model would be Amsterdam-Schiphol airport from which one can take trains straight down to Rotterdam or Brussels as well. Now passengers coming from, say, Tampere or Jyväskylä will have to change from their ICs to commuter trains at Tikkurila. On the other hand, Lentorata's advantages to inhabitants of Helsinki region would be close to nonexistent.

Hope this clarified a bit. :)

If you ask me, Kehärata sure has its cons, but so has every big infrastructure project. Still, pros are way bigger – Kehärata utilizes already existing suburban railways really damn well (capital region's suburban railways currently pick up some 80,5% of VR's annual ridership), condenses the urban structure of Vantaa and bands several new and remarkable regional housing projects to railways – none of those would Lentorata do. And that easy and quick change at Tikkurila for long distance travelers shouldn't be that painful.
 

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Thanks for explanation :) I had no idea about Lentorata proposal. I think Kehärata makes far more sense than it,as it offers instant benefits.
Btw,I dug around the internet and as I understand,Lentorata would be in tunnels for most of it's lenght. People whining about Kehärata would start to appreciate it,once they find out Lentorata's construction cost - it costs pretty much the same as planned/proposed 300+km Estonian half of Rail Baltica... :p
 

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Shall Kehärata trains from Leinelä towards Kerava need to reverse direction at Hiekkaharju, or should it be possible to travel direct Leinelä-Koivukylä?
 

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Shall Kehärata trains from Leinelä towards Kerava need to reverse direction at Hiekkaharju, or should it be possible to travel direct Leinelä-Koivukylä?
Well Leinelä - Koivukylä is possibe to build but unlikely. From north you need to go Tikkurila and change train. If you come from Kerava you can stop in Koivukylä and walk to Leinelä (1km) it may be even faster than going to Tikkurila and change train.
 

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Considering that Hiekkaharju and not Tikkurila shall be the last station before Kehärata branchpoint, why should long distance trains keep stopping in Tikkurila rather than Hiekkaharju?
Hiekkaharju is small station, there is no room or facilities to be large hub. Tikkurila station is already one of the busiest in Finland and that area will grow fast in few years.
 
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