Finland - Allegro bullet train Helsinki - St. Petersburg
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The Finnish state railroads VR and the Russian RZD
set up in 2006 a joint venture company Oy Karelian Trains Ltd, which then bought from Fiat Ferroviaria / Alstom
Pendolino trains for fast traffic between Helsinki and St Petersburg. These trains are quite special.
The Finnish gauge is 1524 mm and the Russian 1520 mm. The Allegro Pendolinos are 1522 mm. They look like
the older generation Pendolinos, for example the ETR-470, but however, inside their technology is much
the same as the newer generation "Cis Due" or "New Pendolino" trains ETR-610. This picture from the Ilmala
repair shops in Helsinki is copyright VR.
An Allegro Pendolino from St Petersburg has just arrived from Russia and has stopped at the Vainikkala station just across the border.
Picture in Vainikkala 3.7.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo.
An Allegro Pendolino leaving Vainikkala towards Helsinki. Picture 3.7.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Side view of an Allegro Pendolino leaving Vainikkala towards Helsinki. Picture 3.7.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo.
An Allegro Pendolino at the Helsinki central station. Picture 16.3.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.