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150 years of Finnish railways – still a vital part of the transport system

8 June 2012 | By Merja Kyllönen, Minister of Transport, Finland

2012 marks a special occasion in Finnish railway history: our railways celebrate their 150th anniversary. Scheduled train services began on 17 March 1862 between Helsinki and Hämeenlinna, and ever since then, rail transport has had a huge influence on the development of our society and landscape. Over the years, a…

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Finnish slab track study for Airport Line

15 May 2009 | By Markku Nummelin, Technical Director and Tuomo Viitala, Senior Inspector, Finnish Rail Administration (RHK), Niko Tunninen, Railway Planning Department, VR-Track Ltd and Marko Nyby, Logistics and Traffic Planning Consultant, Pöyry Infra Ltd

Details of the study of a slab track system for the new Ring Rail Line conducted in Vantaa, Finland for Finnish Railway Administration by Pöyry Infra Ltd and VR-Track Ltd Railway Consulting department.

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Finland’s longest railway tunnel is under construction

28 May 2008 | By Erkki Mäkelä, Chief Inspector of Investment Department, Finnish Railway Administration (RHK) and Timo Cronvall, Head of Geotechnics and Rock Engineering, VR-Track Ltd / Railway Consulting

A new harbour is presently being built in Finland’s capital and will be ready by the end of 2008. The harbour is located in Vuosaari, approximately 15km from the centre of Helsinki (see Figure 1). The Vuosaari Harbour project includes the construction of a cargo harbour as well as traffic…

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The Finnish-Russian joint rail project

23 August 2005 | By Kari Ruohonen, Investment Director, Finnish Rail Administration

A joint project between Finland and Russia will gradually shorten the journey time on the Helsinki-St. Petersburg line to approximately three hours. Modernising the rail connection between Helsinki and St. Petersburg is one of the most important joint development projects between Finland and the Russian Federation. In the background is…