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

A new regional passenger train in Italy. This is a Civity series train built by CAF in Spain and paid and owned by the Friuli-Giulia-Venezia region of Italy and operated by FS Trenitalia, Italian state railways. A total of 12 trains operates now for the Friuli-Giulia-Venezia region. Some of them are classed as ETR563 for operations only in Italy and some, called ETR564, can even cross the border into Slovenia and Austria using their different electric systems.
Picture from Trieste main station 12.7.2018 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, 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 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

  • 8.1.2018 Continued adding photos from Germany.
  • 6.1.2019 Added a new page describing the Rügensche Bäderbahn, a 750mm gauge line in Germany.
  • 5.1.2019 Added new photos from Germany.
  • 25.12.2018 Added some new pictures in the category Czech Republic > Cargo. Added also new pictures from Germany and Austria.
  • 19.12.2018 Added new pictures from The Netherlands.
  • 18.12.2018 Added one picture from Finland, of very old coaches, and one of Czech Republic, of a brand new locomotive.
  • 14.12.2018 Added new pictures from Poland.
  • 30.11.2018 Added new pictures from Russia taken by Markku Salo.
  • 23.11.2018 Added a lot more pictures from Spain.
  • 17.11.2018 Added new pictures of a historic Dm7 "lättähattu" (flat hat) train from Porvoo, Finland. Added also a lot of new pictures from Spain.
  • 16.11.2018 Created a new category for Botswana and published Ville Tenhunen's new photos there.
  • 11.11.2018 Added a new category for Spain and started adding new pictures there.
  • 31.10.2018 Added a lot of new pictures from Turkey and Hong Kong.
  • 30.10.2018 Created a new category for Turkey. Added new pictures from Latvia, Lithuania and Turkey.
  • 19.10.2018 Redesigned the category Norway -> historic and added some more pictures from Norway.
  • 5.10.2018 Added new pictures from Hungary, The Netherlands, Ukraine and Poland.
  • 27.8.2018 Created a new main category for Italy and started to publish pictures there. Redesigned some of the pages under the category Norway.
  • 25.9.2018 Redesigned the categories Norway - metro and Norway - trams and added some pictures there.
  • 19.9.2018 Redesigned the category Norway -> electric and diesel multiple units. Published some new pictures from Norway and Germany.
  • 12.9.2018 Redesigned the category Norway -> electric locomotives and published some new pictures there.
  • 2.9.2018 Renewed the sections Sweden -> private locomotives and Sweden -> miscellaneous to use 600pix wide thumbnail pictures. Published some new pictures from Sweden and Finland.
  • 26.8.2018 Added some pictures from Russia and one from Finland.
  • 24.8.2018 Added pictures from Russia, Mongolia and Germany.
  • 21.8.2018 Added a new category for trains of Mongolia plus added some more pictures from Russia.
  • 20.8.2018 Updated the category Sweden - Diesel locomotives of Statens Järnvägar and Green Cargo to 600pix preview pictures
  • 3.8.2018 Added a lot of pictures from Czech republic, especially trams of Praha (Prag).
  • 2.8.2018 Added pictures from Romania, Croatia, Czech republic and Slovakia
  • 1.8.2018 Added new pictures from Romania by Marek Graff.
  • To see the earlier updates of this site, please click here

This is the last picture added to the site

These two old rail trucks also belong to the family of so called Schwerkleinwagens. The one on the left is a KLV 53, also known as SKL 53, which is probably the most common rail truck type in Germany. It is registered to the company Rhein-Sieg-Eisenbahn GmbH and it is used by the hobby club EFG, Eisenbahnfreunde Grenzland (friends of railways of the border country, meaning the former West German - East German border.) Its top speed is 70 km/h. The one on the right is apparently a KLV 51, a bit older and weaker version.
Picture from Bleckede 17.7.2018 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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