Site admins:

Friends of the
Alpine Railways

Ilkka Siissalo
Nummenraitti 40
FI-04370 Rusutjärvi
ilkka.siissalo (ät)

This is the newest train type of the Rhätische Bahn RhB, the world's largest narrow gauge network located in the kanton of Graubünden in Switzerland. These trains were used to construct the world record train, which was over 1,9 km long and consisted exclucively of these new electric multiple units. The railway of RhB is metre gauge.
Picture from Chur 14.5.2023 by Ilkka Siissalo.

What is this site?

This FUNET railway pictures archive is one of the oldest online sources of train and tram related photos. Its story began roughly at the same time as that of the world wide web. In the meantime, several other good quality train picture sites have emerged, and for about a decade nothing happened here. Since 2016 we revitalised the site and it is now one of the busiest train picture sites online. The site got a new name,, but the old and existing long URL address works nevertheless as well and leads you here.

This site is now maintained by members of a Finnish railways enthusiasts club, Alppirautatieharrastajat ry, or Friends of the Alpine Railways. We want to express our gratitude to the Finnish academic network FUNET and FUNET's parent organisation CSC, for kindly providing us with the necessary server space.

What is the difference between this site and most of the other railways pictures sites?
Firstly, the pictures are published "as is", that is, we have not done much photoshopping. Probably you can improve many of the photos if you have time and good photoshop skills. Feel free to do so. New pictures are also provided in a large format, "full size", whereas most other online sites limit the resolution of pictures to a very small size to conserve disk space. All the material you can find here, you are welcome to use in any way you like, (with the exception of company copyrighted pictures specifically marked), but obviously it would be nice if you would mention the original photographer's name if you republish the material. And if you print any of these pictures for example in a magazine, the photographers/editors would be delighted if you could post them a paper copy or pdf copy of your publication where the picture appeared. For this purpose you'll find the address and contact details of the chief admin at the top left of this front page.

Remember, when you see a picture on these web pages, you can always get the largest resolution image that we have if you just click on the pic.

Picture categories

Please note that in all categories you can always get the full size picture by clicking on the thumbnail pictures !!

What is new? The latest additions

  • 15.6.2024 Added a lot of new pictures from Portugal, Spain and one from Latvia.
  • 13.6.2024 Added several new pictures from Greece, Sri Lanka and Poland.
  • 28.5.2024 Added pictures from Budapest, from Turku, Finland, from Bologna, Italy and from Luleå, Sweden.
  • 25.5.2024 Added pictures of the Kakolanmäki funicular in Turku, Finland.
  • 2.5.2024 Added a lot of new pictures from Sweden including a new category of Norrbotten's Järnvägsmuseum, a railway museum near Luleå.
  • 30.4.2024 Added again a lot of new pictures from Germany, Belgium, Spain and some from Sweden and Finland.
  • 14.7.2024 Added a lot of new pictures under > Switzerland>mgb and >BLT, Germany and one from Israel.
  • 7.4.2024 Added a lot of pictures from Switzerland to categories mgb, RegionAlps, Gornergratbahn and also some new pictures from Finland.
  • 29.3.2024 Added several pictures in the category Switzerland: to BLS Lötschbergbahn and to mgb Matterhorn-Gotthardbahn.
  • 28.3.2024 Added two pictures from Czech Republic by Otto Tuomainen.
  • 16.3.2024 Added pictures from Switzerland. See directories Switzerland > Zentralbahn and > Pilatusbahn.
  • 10.3.2024 Added tens of pictures from Germany (trams, steam, diesel, electric, misc...) taken in 2022-23 and also some from Switzerland and one from Finland.
  • 3.3.2024 Added some pictures from Sri Lanka and tens of pictures from Germany taken in 2022 and 2023.
  • 24.2.2024 Added some pictures to the categories Sweden > private, Finland > diesel and Switzerland > BLS group.
  • 19.2.2024 Added more pictures from Germany and one from Sri Lanka.
  • 9.2.2024 Added a lot of new pictures from Germany, most into Germany > small private EVU. Also one new picture into Austria > electric.
  • 7.2.2024 Added some pictures from Germany.
  • 4.2.2024 Added two pictures from Czech Republic and also more pictures from Denmark.
  • 30.1.2024 Added more pictures of Nordjyske Jernbaner, Denmark into the category Denmark -> private.
  • 21.1.2024 added more train and tram pictures from Sweden and also one picture from Switzerland, the famous Churchill-Pfeil.
  • 16.1.2024 Added pictures from Sweden.
  • 27.-28.12.2023 Added again a large number of pictures from Switzerland, of Appenzeller Bahnen, SZU Sihltalbahn and one of Dolderbahn.
  • 25.12.2023 Added more pictures from Rhätische Bahn and Appenzeller Bahnen of Switzerland.
  • 23.12.2023 Added new pictures of Rhätische Bahn and DB AG taken in Kanton Graubünden, Switzerland.
  • 17.12.2023 Added a large number of pictures from Zentralbahn, Brienzer Rothornbahn, Wengernalpbahn and Berner Oberland-Bahn of Switzerland and also one nice wintertime picture from VR of Finland taken by Kalevi Kämäräinen.
  • 9.11.2023 Added a lot of new pictures from Switzerland.
  • 25.11.2023 Published a couple of new photos from Berlin by Matti Heino.
  • 12.11.2023 Added a lot of new pictures from Switzerland.
  • 11.11.2023 Added new pictures from Switzerland, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Poland.
  • 21.10.2023 Added a lot of pictures from Switzerland: Geneva trams, private rail company MBC and NSteCM trains as well as SBB's new shunter locomotives.
  • 13.10.2023 Added a new category of pictures, France > narrow gauge trains with a lot of pictures in it. Added also new pictures from Bosnia, Austria, Romania and Czech Republic.
  • 10.10.2023 Added two pictures of Adria Transport's locomotives under Slovenia > Adria transport.
  • 3.10.2023 Added Markku Salo's new pictures from Serbian speaking part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • To see the earlier updates of this site, please click here

This is the last picture added to the site

Old train, but new name and new colours. The Latvian national train operator Pasažieru vilciens (translated ="passenger trains") is now using a new marketing name Vivi. Vivi is shorthand for "Vienā vilcienā" (on one train). This train is still one of the ages old DR1A machines from Soviet occupation times.
Picture from Gulbene 25.5.2024 by Markku Salo

1950s and 2017 trains meeting. The new one is a Swiss made Stadler FLIRT and the old one is a 1950s class Dm7 railbus. Both have in turn been running the route Helsinki - Kerava. Picture from Kerava station in Finland 22.7.2017 by Otto Eemil Juntunen.

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