[FI / Expert] VR Vectron in first commercial cargo service

VR has ten Vectron delivered yet. Some are still in test services. Valtion Rautatiet (Finnish Railway) started a first customer service from Äänekoski, where Vectron in diesel operation can be seen, to the port of Vuosaari near Helsinki.

By P. Trippi, reports from Finland. All photos by author.

The advanced features of the new Sr3 locomotives are utilised when transporting pulp from Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Äänekoski to Vuosaari on the line through Laukaa – Jyväskylä – Muurame – Orivesi – Tampere – Toijala – Riihimäki – Kerava. The bio product mill transports 800,000 tonnes of pulp per year by rail to Vuosaari Harbour and from there by ship to export.

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