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Friends of the
Alpine Railways

Ilkka Siissalo
Nummenraitti 40
FI-04370 Rusutjärvi
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. 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

  • 21.11.2022 Added new pictures from the Netherlands and Hungary.
  • 24.10.2022 Added a lot of new pictures from Germany and also two pictures of new trains of Leo Express.
  • 28.9.2022 Added a lot of new pictures in the new category Uzbekistan.
  • 27.9.2022 Added a lot of new pictures from Serbia, Montenegro, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Uzbekistan and Denmark.
  • 17.9.2022 Added a picture of the very last resting place of the very last NOHAB roundnose locomotive used in Kosovo.
  • 23.8.2022 Added two pictures showing a regional train near Pattaya, Thailand.
  • 4.7.2022 Added a picture of a TRAXX locomotive with a timber train to the category Austria > foreign.
  • 18.06.2022 Added a lot of pictures from Germany incl. new categories for Germany->DSB / Vias rail and Hessische Landesbahnen + some others.
  • 11.6.2022 Added a picture of a new tram in Warsaw, pictures from Zillertalbahn in Austria.
  • 17.5.2022 Added a new category Switzerland > Rigi Bahnen.
  • 16.5.2022 Added Germany > Europorte (former Veolia Cargo France, GB Railfreight).
  • 30.4.2022 Added a picture of FS Trenitalia's ETR610 bullet train in Germany.
  • 10.4.2022 Added two nice diesel machine pictures from Germany by Peter Nowt.
  • 4.2.2022 Added a picture of Swiss federal railways' RBe 501 "Giruno", world's first low-floor high speed train.
  • 30.1.2022 Added a picture of a snow sweeper brush tram from Helsinki, Finland.
  • 28.1.2022 Added a new category for South Africa.
  • 3.1.2022 Added a picture of the "Franken-Thüringen Express" into the category Germany/DB/electric.
  • 5.12.2021 Added a page of the Wuppertal suspension monorail train under the category Germany.
  • 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.
  • To see the earlier updates of this site, please click here

This is the last picture added to the site

RailJet is a Czech so called budget train operator, which tries to compete with the state railways with cheaper prices. Although their services operate mainly within Czech Republic and Slovakia, some of their services reach even Austria and also Hungary. RailJet uses mainly quite old but renovated coaches and rented locomotives. For example here these coaches are old Austrian ÖBB's wagons and this locomotive is owned by the German ELL, European Locomotive Leasing. It's a Siemens Vectron, registered in Germany as the German Br 193.
Picture from Budapest-Déli 26.8.2020 by Markku Salo.

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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