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

  • 3.12.2019 Renewed the category Switzerland > WAB Wengernalpbahn and published a lot of new pictures there.
  • 2.12.2019 Renewed the categories Switzerland > SZU Sihltalbahn and SZU Uetlibergbahn and published new pictures there.
  • 6.11.2019 Removed the old category Switzerland > RM Regionalverkehr Mittelland and added those pictures and a lot of new ones into the category BLS-group. RM was fusioned into BLS already years ago.
  • 4.11.2019 Added a lot of new pictures in the categories Switzerland > mgb Matterhorn-Gotthardbahn (re: old former Brig-Visp-Zermattbahn) and of RhB Rhätische Bahn.
  • 28.10.2019 Redesigned the category Switzerland > Rhätische Bahn and added a lot of new pictures there. Added also a picture of a Dr35 locomotive to category Finland > diesel
  • 14.10.2019 Added new pictures to the categories Switzerland > mgb Matterhorn-Gotthardbahn and FW Frauenfeld-Wil-Bahn
  • 30.9.2019 Redesigned the categories Denmark > steam, Denmark > metro and Denmark > private to use 600pix wide pictures. Added some new pictures to the category Switzerland > Brienz-Rothorn-Bahn.
  • 26.9.2019 Added pictures from Hungary.
  • 13.9.2019 Added really a lot of new pictures to the category Germany > Bayerisches Eisenbahnmuseum Nördlingen and also some to the categories United States, Finland and Hungary
  • 4.9.2019 Added pictures from Bulgaria, Romania and Russia.
  • 2.9.2019 Published many new pictures from Kosovo and from Bulgaria
  • 27.8.2019 Renewed many of the subcategories under "Switzerland" and published a lot of new pictures there.
  • 11.8.2019 Added a new category Switzerland > FW Frauenfeld-Wil-Bahn. Started adding new pictures to Germany > Bayerisches Eisenbahnmuseum
  • 10.8.2019 Added a lot of new pictures from Germany: trams, diesels, Öchslebahn, Agilis...
  • 7.8.2019 Added a new category for Montenegro. Added new pictures from Germany.
  • To see the earlier updates of this site, please click here

This is the last picture added to the site

These "Pano" trains are the newest trains of WAB Wengernalpbahn. It is a three coach fixed composition and two such compositions can be coupled together, like here, to build a six coaches long train. The middle coaches of each unit have very large panorama windows so that tourists can have a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. The train type is officially called WAB Bhe 4/8. They were built in two series, first in 2004 and more in 2014-15.
Picture from Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland 1.5.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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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