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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

  • 26.5.2023 Added new pictures from Switzerland.
  • 23.5.2023 Added a set of new pictures from Poland taken by Markku Salo.
  • 23.4.2023 Added really a lot of new pictures from the UK, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic and France.
  • 1.4.2023 Added some pictures from Moldova, taken by Timo Varshukov.
  • 31.3.2023 Added a number of pictures from Switzerland, all taken in 2010.
  • 26.3.2023 Added a lot of new pictures from Switzerland taken in November 2022.
  • 20.3.2023 Added several pictures of a former DB V200 into the category Germany > small private EVU. Added also new pictures of diesel trains from Hungary and Romania as well as one more picture of a tram from Budapest.
  • 19.3.2023 Added a couple of pictures from Czech Republic, Japan and Switzerland.
  • 26.1.2023 Added a new category Switzerland -> Pilatusbahn
  • 7.1.2023 Added new pictures taken in Lugano CH on the 4th of Nov 2022.
  • 6.1.2023 Added really a lot of pictures from Germany, Kosovo, Latvia and especially Switzerland.
  • 29.12.2022 Added a lot of pictures from Romania and some from Germany.
  • 26.12.2022 Added one picture from Denmark, several from Germany, and a full directory Channel Tunnel under the section of France.
  • 18.12.2022 Added a lot of new pictures from Switzerland and some from France and Romania.
  • 14.12.2022 Added a new category, Moldova. Added also one picture of a Swiss Ae 6/6 locomotive.
  • 2.12.2022 Added one more picture from Namibia.
  • 1.12.2022 Added a new category for Namibia.
  • 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.
  • To see the earlier updates of this site, please click here

This is the last picture added to the site

The funicular Rigiblickbahn is coming to a halt at its lower end station close to the tramstop Standseilbahn Rigiblick in Zürich and train photographer Matti Heino is documenting it on video.
Picture from Rigiblickbahn Zürich 9.5.2023 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.

Last updated 26.5.2023 / is