Site admins:

Friends of the
Alpine Railways

c/o
Ilkka Siissalo
Nummenraitti 40
FI-04370 Rusutjärvi
Finland
Tel. +35840 8205380
ilkka.siissalo (ät) iki.fi

New Polish commuter train, the "Elf" or EN76 of Pesa, owned by Koleje Masowieckie (Masowian railways) at Swiercze station 27.6.2015. Picture 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. Now in 2016 we are trying to make a revamp and start publishing here much more pictures than previously were available. The site got a new name, railpics.club, but the old and existing URL address http://www.nic.funet.fi/pub/pics/railways works nevertheless as well and leads you here.

This site is now maintained by members of a Finnish railways enthusiasts club, Alppirautatieharrastajat, 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

  • 20.6.2017 Added a new page of trains of Armenia. Special thanks to Timo Varshukov and Pentti Yli-Karjanmaa.
  • 30.5.2017 Published a lot more pictures from Lithuania.
  • 29.5.2017 Added a new section on the trains of Lithuania. Added also more pictures to the category Estonia -> Lavassaare narrow gauge railway museum.
  • 26.5.2017 Added a new page of trains of Azerbaijan, with only a few pictures at this stage.
  • 26.5.2017 Added a new section of the trains of Ukraine based on photos of Juha Mannila. Thanks Juha !
  • 21.5.2017 Added a new page of the narrow gauge railway museum in Lavassaare, Estonia. Added also other new pictures from Estonia.
  • 5.5.2017 Published a new page Latvia -> Aluksne-Gulbene narrow gauge railway, added a lot of pictures there as well as to other pages under "Latvia"
  • 4.5.2017 Added a new category of Belarusian state railways trains.
  • 27.4.2017 Added new pictures in category Finland -> diesel multiple units.
  • 18.4.2017 Added a new page of trains in railway museums of Riga and Gulbene in Latvia.
  • 13.4.2017 Added a new page of pictures of trams of Latvia.
  • 11.4.2017 Added a new category "Latvia" and a lot of new pictures under it.
  • 29.3.2017 Added new pictures under category "Estonia", new locotractor pictures to "Finland -> diesel"
  • 27.3.2017 Added new pages for Estonia and started publishing new pictures there.
  • 23.3.2017 Added a lot of pictures from Portugal.
  • 14.3.2017 Redesigned all categories under "Portugal" (except category "trams") and added a lot of pictures there.
  • 2.3.2017 Added some new pictures from Seattle into the categories United States -> monorails and -> light rail and trams.
  • 22.2.2017 Published a lot more pictures of the special Panama canal ship pulling locomotives called mules.
  • 21.2.2017 New look and feel to all pages under "United Kingdom". New pictures added there. New page "Panama Canal railway". A lot of new pictures published under United States -> BNSF and that category revamped to totally new look & feel similar to the UK pages.
  • 29.1.2017 Published again a lot of new pictures from Germany.
  • To see the earlier updates of this site, please click here

This is the last picture added to the site

An ER2 electric multiple unit of the Armenian South Caucasus Railways. This is one of the very early rounded head ER2 models from the early 1960s, built at RVR in Riga, Latvia. Picture from Almast station in Yerevan in November 2011 by Pentti Yli-Karjanmaa.


A class Tk3 "little Jumbo" owned by Haapamäen Museorautatieyhdistys ry in Helsinki. In the background a modern Pendolino of the Allegro service Helsinki - St Petersburg. Picture at Helsinki central station 14.8.2016 by Miko Rautiainen.


Last updated 20.6.2017 / is