The Anonymous Widower

‘Super Train’ In Finland Sets New Record: The Equivalent Of 92 Trucks

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on RailFreight.com.

This is the introductory paragraph.

The Finnish railway company VR Transpoint has introduced another heavy weight to the railways. Dubbed the Super Train, it carries a weight of 7,000 tonne, and 80 wagons. Moreover, it is about one kilometre long. According to the company, this sets a new record on Finnish railways.

These are a few points about the service.

  • The service runs between Vainikkala and Hamina.
  • The route appears to be electrified.
  • The super train is hauled by two Vectron locomotives.
  • Longer trains are more efficient.
  • Long trains regularly run in Russia.

This map shows the border crossing at Vainikkala.

Note.

  1. The border running South-West and North-East across the map.
  2. The giant Finnish marshalling yard in the North-West.
  3. The large Russian marshalling yard in the South-East.

This Google Map shows the Finnish Marshalling yard at Vainikkala.

I estimate that the yard is over a kilometre in length.

Passenger Trains Between Helsinki And St. Petersburg

There is also a passenger service between Helsinki and St. Petersburg, that uses this route called Allegro, that usually runs thrice daily.

The trains are Alstom Pendolinos, specially designed for the route and are detailed in this section called Vehicles in the Allegro Wikipedia entry.

The journey time is just three and a half hours.

If you want to buy tickets, this page on The Man In Seat 61 gives all the details.

Conclusion

It looks like the Finns and the Russians have co-operated well to create a quality passenger and freight link between their two countries.

April 25, 2021 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,

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