InnoTrans 2018 in Berlin, Germany

It was that time again: September 2018 in Berlin, Germany. InnoTrans, the bi-annual binge fest regarding all things railroad, had opened its doors for a week. The big guys like Skoda Transportation, Siemens-Alstom, StadlerRail, Bombardier Transportation as well as Hitachi Rail were all showing off their newest and best. It was however the not so […]

Not all is what it seems…

Eagle eyed reader Sartenada has informed me that I was mistaken regarding the old church in Hyvinkää, which I mentioned in my previous blog entry. Apparently that church is really not that old. That honor seems to go to the Church of Vöyri (Vörå in Swedish). Here is the link for more information on Sartenada’s […]

A day in Hyvinkää

When I visit another country I always fervently hope that it has a railway museum. Often it is the national railway system in that particular country which runs such a museum. For example the German railway system operator Deutsche Bahn has such a museum next to the central train station in Nürnberg. It is well […]

Trams and such: A trip on HSL

HSL (Helsingin seudun liikenne) is the regional transportation authority for Greater Helsinki responsible for all tram, subway (underground), commuter rail, bus, ferry and bike share services. Interestingly enough HSL does not own any rolling stock, but uses third party contractors to accomplish the day to day operation of the system. For example the tram system […]