National infrastructure manager of Finland
Network length, gauge and electrification (2019):
- 5926km broad gauge(1524mm), 3330km electrified at 25kV 50Hz
Väylävirasto (Trafikledsverket) is the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agengy.
It manages the railway infrastructure in entire Finland. Track maintenance and building
is carried out by other companies, including national operator VR.
VR - VR Yhtymä
Network length, gauge and electrification (2014):
- broad gauge(1524mm), electrified at 25kV 50Hz
In Finland the rail infrastructure is in the hands of the Finnish
Transport Agency (recently renamed into Väylä), while VR
operates the passenger and freight trains on all FTA lines. In
2006 the new 74km line between Kerava and Lahti opened, which reduces
long-distance travel times to Eastern Finland by quite a bit.
From 1 January 2015 traffic control, planning and passenger information
services are provided by Finrail, previously part of the VR Group.
In 2018 long-distance traffic grew by 4.4% to 13.6 million passengers.
Transpoint freight grew by 2.7% to 39.4 million tonnes.
In 2018 VR Track Oy, responsible for track maintenance, was bought by
NRC Group ASA, a Norwegian railway infrastructure company. In June 2019
the rolling stock of VR Track Oy was transferred to NRC Group.
Fennia Rail Oy
Network length, gauge and electrification (2016):
Fennia Rail is the first open access freight operator in Finland. With
new/heavily modernised locomotives (2 more ordered in 2016) they
freight trains on Patokangas (near Kemijärvi) - Oulu - Riihimäki -
Kotka. More freight trains followed, mainly between the border with
Russia and destinations in Finland.
ORF - Operail
Network length, gauge and electrification (2020):
In November 2020 Operail started to run open-access freight trains in
Finland. Operail is
the national freight train operator in Estonia (originally EVR). For
operation in Finland they have bought PowerHaul diesel locomotives that
were originally built
for HHPI in Germany, in standard gauge. These have been regauged to
Last update: 07-05-2021