Site admins:

Friends of the
Alpine Railways

Ilkka Siissalo
Nummenraitti 40
FI-04370 Rusutjärvi
Tel. +35840 8205380
ilkka.siissalo (ät)

The type RABe502 of Swiss Federal Railways is the very newest InterCity train in Switzerland. The model is being built by Bombardier. It's a doubledecker train with active tilting, or rather, tilting compensation technology. Bombardier has had a lot of problems in getting this new type approved and the project is badly late. The first units are now in trial use in commercial traffic. Picture from Gossau station 4.7.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.

What is this site?

This FUNET railway pictures archive is one of the oldest online sources of train and tram related photos. Its story began roughly at the same time as that of the www. In the meantime, several other good quality train picture sites have emerged, and for about a decade nothing happened here. Since 2016 we are now trying to make a revamp and start publishing here much more pictures than previously were available. The site got a new name,, but the old and existing URL address works nevertheless as well and leads you here.

This site is now maintained by members of a Finnish railways enthusiasts club, Alppirautatieharrastajat ry, or Friends of the Alpine Railways, together with some other voluntary railway hobbyists we got to know over Facebook. We want to express our gratitude to the Finnish academic network FUNET and FUNET's parent organisation CSC, for kindly providing us with the necessary server space.

What is the difference between this site and most of the other railways pictures sites? Firstly, the pictures are published "as is", that is, we have not done much photoshopping. Probably you can improve many of the photos if you have time and good photoshop skills. Newer pictures are also provided in a large format, "full size", whereas most other sites limit the resolution of pictures to a very small size to conserve disk space. All the material you can find here, you are welcome to use in any way you like, (with the exception of company copyrighted pictures specifically marked), but obviously it would be nice if you would mention the original photographer's name if you republish the material. And if you print any of these pictures for example in a magazine, the photographers would be delighted if you could post them a paper copy or pdf copy of your publication where the picture appeared. For this purpose you'll find the address and contact details of the chief admin at the top left of this front page. It's always nice to see one's own photos being used in a meaningful and useful way.

Picture categories

Please note that in all categories you can always get the full size picture by clicking on the thumbnail pictures !!

What is new? The latest additions

  • 15.9.2021 Added a picture of a new track inspection wagon Ttr 99 active in Finland.
  • 21.6.2021 Published pictures by Väinö Syrjälä of a historic EMU train from the Saltsjöbanan train line in Sweden and also one new picture by Matti Heino of a historic Dm7 railbus on the Porvoo museum railway in Finland.
  • 24.7.2021 Finalised the redesign of all Canadian pages and published a lot of new pictures there.
  • 21.7.2021 Started to redesign the picture category Canada and published a lot of new pictures there. Published also pictures of Operail Finland's Dr20 diesel engine at Vainikkala border station, Finland.
  • 14.7.2021 Added a picture of a track inspection wagon called "Emma" from Finland.
  • 3.4.2021 Added again many photos from 2002 from Belgium and France. Added also a picture of a museum railbus from Czech Republic.
  • 2.4.2021 Added a large number of old photos from 2002 from France and Germany.
  • 17.3.2021 Added new pictures from the Czech Republic, taken by Petr Stefek.
  • 13.3.2021 Added some new pictures of old and rusty Soviet Russian narrow gauge trains in the category Lithuania -> narrow gauge.
  • 12.3.2021 Added a set of new pictures from Czech Republic, sent by Petr Stefek.
  • 9.2.2021 Added a new picture of Captrain's new Eurodual locomotives, Br159 in the category Germany/SNCF.
  • 31.12.2020 Added new pictures from the Netherlands and from Germany.
  • 19.12.2020 Added new pictures of trams in Germany, of diesel multiple units in Germany and some railbuses from Holland (Netherlands).
  • 4.12.2020 Added a lot of old, but previously unpublished pictures from Czech Republic.
  • 2.12.2020 Renewed the category Croatia and published tens of new pictures there.
  • 25.11.2020 Added a picture of a Captrain Br250 "Blue Tiger" in category Germany > SNCF. Added also more pictures to Switzerland > tpc.
  • 18.11.2020 Added a lot of new pictures into the categrory Switzerland > Transports Publiques du Chablais tpc
  • 23.10.2020 Added a new category Switzerland > Centovallibahn, a category Switzerland > FLP Lugano - Ponte Tresa railway and a third one Switzerland > Transports publics du Chablais. Added also a lot of new pictures from Czech Republic by Markku Salo and Ilkka Siissalo.
  • 6.10.2020 Added new narrow gauge rail pictures from Lithuania and new electric locomotive pictures from Slovakia.
  • 29.7.2020 Added Stefano Bressanelli's pictures of new Alstom trains of Trenord, Italy. Added a picture of a new Operail class Dr20 diesel locomotive from Finland.
  • 6.7.2020 Updated the sections of Switzerland/TILO, Switzerland/industrial and Switzerland/Wengernalpbahn with new pictures. Added a new sections Switzerland > Jungfraubahn and Switzerland > OeBB Oensingen-Balsthal-Bahn.
  • 2.7.2020 Added new pictures from Italy.
  • 26.6.2020 Added a new section for the small Swiss Monte Generoso railroad.
  • 25.6.2020 Added a new section of Gornergratbahn of Switzerland. Added also one picture of a Finnish electric locomotive.
  • 22.6.2020 Added new pictures from Russia and Czech Republic.
  • 2.6.2020 Added a new section Switzerland > OC - Orbe-Chavornay railroad. Added also Switzerland > Dolderbahn.
  • To see the earlier updates of this site, please click here

This is the last picture added to the site

Italian built track inspection wagon Ttr 99 "Meeri". Picture 14.9.2021 from Jyväskylä, Finland by Heikki Salonen.

1950s and 2017 trains meeting. The new one is a Swiss made Stadler FLIRT and the old one is a 1950s class Dm7 railbus. Both have in turn been running the route Helsinki - Kerava. Picture from Kerava station in Finland 22.7.2017 by Otto Eemil Juntunen.

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