Trains & Travel

P.O.Box 312

Portola CA 96122 (Rail Tour Manager)

1-800-359-4870 (USA)

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JULY 1-9, 2017




Starting and ending in Helsinki, we travel by rail to Turku on the west coast then across the country via Tampere to Joensuu near the Russian border, and through Kouvola on the south coast back to Helsinki. Called the Land of Woods and Lakes, and the itinerary will take us to many sites of great railway interest as well as some rarely visited freight lines and a narrow gauge line. We hope to visit VRs Hyvinkää Works as well as several busy depots (not all of which appear in the Itinerary below as they depend on local arrangement) and the Steam Park at Haapamäki. One day, possibly two, will feature a Hr1 steam locomotive, but the main tour locomotives will be ex VR diesels Dr12 2216 and Dr13 2343 with classes Dv12, Dv15 and Dv16 also appearing. For the diesel enthusiast this tour offers a considerable amount of rare mileage over lines which have not seen regular diesel hauled services for many years.




Day 1 Saturday July 1:


Arrive at Helsinki and hotel check-in.


Day 2 Sunday July 2: (B)


We start from one of Helsinki's most recognizable attractions – the Central Railway Station with its four granite guards at the main entrance. Operating issues make use of locomotive and stock difficult for the first part of the day, so we will use a heritage class DM7 DMU. Leaving Helsinki we will pass through Ilmala freight yard then leave the main line at Kerava for a visit to the heritage line to the attractive little town of Porvoo and the freight branch to Sköldvik. From here we proceed directly to Lahti and transfer to our locomotive hauled train. A decision as whether this is steam or diesel hauled by Dv12 had yet to be made. The train will visit the threatened branch to Heinola, and the long branch to Loviisan Satama, a port specialising in export of forest products.  A long day ends with our arrival at Hyvinkää, a name rich with Finnish railway history. It is only a short distance to our hotel.






Day 3 Monday July 3: (B)


We hope to start the day with a visit to Hyvinkää Works where heavy maintenance and overhauls of VR rolling stock are undertaken. If we can take our special train into the site, then we will do so. The Finnish National Railway Museum is also in Hyvinkää and we will be visited if the works visit falls through. We now take the freight line to Karjaa, continuing on the passenger line to the port of Hanko where we hope to travel beyond the station towards the tip of the peninsula. Now we go back to the junction station of Karjaa to reverse  before a fast run to Turku where we have time to do two of the  shorter local freight lines (Vieheriäinen and  Naantalin) before returning to  Turku for our overnight stay.  A visit to the harbor and the two old sailing ships is strongly recommended.


Day 4 Tuesday July 4: (B)


Today our main motive power, diesel locos Dr12-2216 and Dr13-2343, take over the train. Leaving Turku  we travel the long freight line to Uusikaupunki  and continue across the causeway to the fertilizer plant on the island of Hangonsaari.  Back at Turku we travel northeast to reach  Humppila where we leave our train and board a charter train on the 750mm gauge railway to Jokioinen. Continuing north east we reach the Helsinki to Tampere main line  at Toijala, where there is  a small museum which we can visit before making a quick journey up the freight branch to Valkeakoski. Our day ends at the cosmopolitan city of Tampere, before which we pass through the freight yard at Viinikka where many locos can be seen. Tampere will be our base for two nights and the cathedral is well worth a visit.


Day 5 Wednesday July 5:(B)


An easy day as we travel the passenger branch to Pori, continuing up the peninsula over a series of bridges to reach Tahkoluoto, which is part of the Port of Pori on the Gulf of Bothnia. We will probably pause in Pori for lunch before continuing to the junction station of Kokemaki where we take the freight line to Rauma before returning to Tampere.


Day 6 Thursday July 6: (B)


The day starts with a reversal at Tampere Viinikka Yard so we can do the Tampere avoiding line.  Our destination is Haapamäki, where our two locos are based. We will travel over the Vilppula to Mänttä freight branch with classes Dv15 and Dv16, also from the locomotive museum.  Back at Haapamäki we will visit the Steam Park, where long lines of steam locomotives are awaiting restoration and there will be an option for lunch here in the restaurant.  Our route is east now through Jyväskylä  to reach Pieksämäki and our overnight stop.


Day 7 Friday July 7: (B)


Pieksämäki is an important railway centrt with a depot, wagon works and extensive yards. We will ask to pass through the yards as we head north, pass through Kuopio and take the long freight line to Viinijärvi. En-route we will visit the short branch to Vuonos. At Joensuu we have a depot visit planned, but this is not a short walk so we will ask if our train can go into the depot.  We will spend the night in Joensuu and suggest you take a walk over the bridge from the station, crossing the Pielisjoki rapids, to reach the town centre with its unusual town hall.


Day 8 Saturday July 8: (B)


Today we take the long freight line to Ilomantsi, most of which is now threatened following the ending of traffic from the wood pellet factory. Our main tour locos are too heavy for this branch, so we have to use a VR class Dv12 instead. With our Dr12 and Dr13 in charge again, for the last time on the journey, we should make good time to Pieksämäki, where we take the freight only curve that leads into the Yard. Here we will re-engine to the Hr1 'Pacific' steam engine that will take us south to Kouvola. On the way we pause to travel the freight branch from Mäntyharju to Ristiina. At the end of a long day we end the tour in Kouvola and spend the night here rather than risk not making the last service train to Helsinki.




Day 9 Sunday July 9: (B)


We take the service train from Kouvola to Helsinki, an 80 minute journey with either Sr1 or Sr2 electric loco and arriving in Helsinki before 11 o'clock. There may be time for more sightseeing and tram riding before heading by train to the airport, where, if you have planned it well, you should complete the new airport loop, opened in 2016.







DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY....................................... $3,095  
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT........................................ $495  
DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED..................... $500  










Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.


Prices do not include:Personal items, meals not listed in the itinerary, laundry, phone calls, excess baggage charges, rental cars, side tours, insurance, passport fees including visas, vaccinations, gratuities, medical costs, tips to train or motor coach staff, extra tour costs due to unanticipated changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond our control, including weather, travel conditions, or cancellations, government intervention, sickness, political disputes, and failure of transportation or other causes beyond our control.


TRAVEL AND HEALTH DOCUMENTS:A valid passport is required for our international tours. In some cases a visa is also needed. Consult your health professional for the recommended immunizations and documents. Trains and Travel , here on referred to as TT, assumes no other responsibility if a client is refused entry into a country. Cost and cancellation fees will be paid by the client in the event they do not have valid documents.


CHANGE OF ITINERARY:We reserve the right to substitute, alter or modify the tour if any unexpected and unforeseen conditions beyond our control preventing the completion of such. Conditions can include weather, train schedules, equipment, motive power, revision of train consist, train delays, labor strikes, political disputes, derailments, closure of a rail line, break down of railroad or motive power equipment, railroads not honoring contracts and bus equipment problems. We will always endeavor, in each case, to provide substitutes, if any changes take place. TT is not responsible for canceled trains, delays, hotel rooms, route changes or missed connections, for any reason whatsoever. We will not give refunds if such conditions or cancellations take place.


TRAVEL INSURANCE:Travel insurance is strongly suggested. Insurance will cover and give tour members many benefits and protection. Benefits include baggage loss, accident, life, trip cancellation, sickness, bankruptcy, strike, weather conditions, employer termination or layoff effecting you or a person sharing the room with you, terrorist incident in your departure city or city of destination, jury duty, you are subpoenaed, hijacked, or quarantined, your residence or traveling companion residence is rendered uninhabitable, emergency military duty, traffic accident, single supplement upgrade when your room- mate cancels their trip, trip interruption, trip delay, missed connections, itinerary change, emergency medical benefits, medical evacuation, pre-existing medical conditions if enrollment is within 21days of your invoice date, assault of you or your traveling companion before departure, burglary of you or your companion before departure 24 hour hotline emergency assistance, emergency cash transfer and more .


RESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:Accepting your payment represents an agreement that you understand all the conditions, to be a member of our tours. TT gives notice that they are acting agents for the owners, contractors and suppliers, providing the transportation and all related travel services and assume no responsibility for equipment problems, mechanical failures, injury, sickness, damage, loss, additional expenses accidental delay or irregularities which may be caused through willful and or negligent acts or omissions on the part of the companies providing or engage in transportation, accommodations or services related to the accomplishment of the tour. Nor do we assume responsibility for natural disasters, social or political upheaval, acts of terrorism or acts of nature. TT reserves the right to substitute hotels, tour leaders, equipment, motive power, trains, onboard accommodations, routes and to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary without notice. The right is also reserved to cancel any trip or train prior to departure for any reason . TT is not responsible for expenses incurred by tour members in preparing for the tour, including non-refundable airline tickets, visa fees, planning, phone calls, or any other expenses. TT reserves the right to decline to accept, or ask to leave a tour, any person whose actions impede the daily operations of a tour, welfare or or enjoyment of other tour members. TT cannot give any refunds for any unused services. The terms contained herein shall serve as a waiver of liability to TT . Assumption of risk on behalf of the client, their heirs, executor, administrators, successors, and assigns for any and all known persons injuries. In many cases it is not possible to advise the passengers on reasons for train delays if beyond our control.


RESERVATIONS: A deposit is due in our office within 14 days after you make your bookings. Full payment is due 90 days before departure except for the Grand Canyon Limited in which full payment is due on a different schedule. You will receive an invoice, reservation form and current tour bulletins with your confirmation and travel insurance forms. No notice for final payment will be sent to you. It is your responsible to make the final payment on-time.


CANCELLATIONS:TT does not accept cancellations on the phone. Cancellations must be received by postal mail, email or fax before any refunds will be considered. Allow enough time if sending your written notice by US mail postal system. When a written cancellation is received in the Trains and Travel office this will be the effective date of the cancellation. Please take note that it can take up to 60 days to to process some refunds. Cancellation refund rules: 120 days prior to the start of any tour you will receive a refund less a $200 per person administration fee. 119 to 61 days before the departure of any tour there will be a 80% cancellation penalty based on the full cost of the tour. Cancellations received 60 or less days before the start of any tour will not receive any refund. GW Travel Ltd has their own cancellation rules and these will apply. If booking on GW Travel Ltd ask for cancellation rules.


PRE-DEPARTURE TOUR BULLETINS:Tour bulletins will be sent to clients that have booked on tours operated by TT . Bulletins include travel info related to the tour. Final documents will be sent out about two to three weeks before a tour begins. We offer tours operated by other companies and they may or may not send out tour bulletins and updates and most send out final documents only one to two weeks prior to the start of their tours.


PAYMENTS: Payments can be made with personal check drawn on a U.S. Dollar account, money order for U.S. Dollars, bank wire transfer, or credit card. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express. Final payment for all tours is due 90 days prior to departure and we will charge your credit card on file unless you have given us other instructions. If final payment has not been received 7 days after the due date, a late fee of $50 per week will apply.


SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:All prices are based on double room occupancy. We will try and match you with a roommate if one is available. If not, you may be charged the single room supplement listed for the tour you are booked on. Single rooms may not be available in some remote locations and on some trains.


TOUR REFUNDS:If for any reason tour members amend or delete any arrangements during travel, and leave the tour on their own, we cannot give any refunds on unused portions of the tour. If buses and trains are cancelled by the carrier or there is a labor strike or they go out of business, we cannot be held responsible and we cannot give refunds. Travel insurance will protect you for any of these reasons. If TT needs to cancel any tour everyone will receive a full refund. Please take note that in some cases refunds can take up to 60 days to process.


PARTIAL TOURS:We will allow passengers to join or leave a tour at certain points. Give us a call and we will try and work up a custom option for you.


MILEAGE COLLECTORS:Mileage collectors please take note that TT does not cater just to mileage collectors. We cater to all folks that enjoy trains and Rail journeys. We give strong warning that itinerary and route changes do happen and this is totally beyond our control when it does. If the only reason that you would want to book a tour is to collect the rare mileage, you need to understand that possible route changes do happen.


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Trains & Travel

P.O.BOX 312

Portola CA 96122

1-800-359-4870 USA or (530) 836-1944

1-800-752-1836 CANADA