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In the starting post I shall mention what I know: the Jokioinen museum railway. 14 km of 750mm mainline track and a short (re)extension the to shore of Loimijoki-river to a more suitable place for a terminus in the works. After that, it would be full 15 km.

In the video attached there is plenty of footage from their depot at Minkiö. Outside sits the "regular train" which they use on normal operating days. The blue engine sitting outside the shed is also the one most used, "Lovisa & Wesijärvi nr 5". The various old timey machines seen on flat cars are linked to annual agricultural fairs; unloading all that and setting them to idle for a day is one of their party tricks. Recently, they also drove special that train for a German filming crew. As stated in the old board, that train is so long that they legitimately need extra brakemen in the middle of the train too.

ps. Can has catalog and or referrer links? :(
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I'm trying on both the Catalog and Referrer links, but neither are coded into Tinyib by default.
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Thankyou very much, Mike.

Aye, it was buit to serve the budding factories of Jokioinen and Forssa in 1898 or so, Forssa even had an internal electrified network.

This is their "restaurant car", bought a few years back from Russia, along with a diesel engine. They do a lot of work bees, and being able top park a soup-capable kitchen anywhere along the tracks certainly comes handy.
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Here's the forementioned diesel. Made in 1970 Lithuania :O

The itty-bitty engine is Move1 by Valmet I think, for 600mm. That and 750mm were the two main narrow gauge standards in the western world excluding Anglo-sphere.
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This is how the restaurant car looks inside. I don't know anything about its story, but it's number "18".

Notice the stovepipe. The Finnish narrow gauge railway never advanced from this technology. Nor did they have any brake pipes. Lovisa & Wesijärvi had cars with brake platform.

AS one can see, the "Norwegian" coupler is used. It's one sided, as the railway newer had an ability to turn a train, besides a crane. The engines always faced Jokioinen.
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You know how they have engine houses - well this is a "housed engine" - to make the pun work in English, even if the logic is totally diffent.

This is how the activists stored Jokioinen no. 5 from scrap. The owners of the railway were nice like that: "okay, we'll park it the the furthest end of the track, you build a weather cover over it."
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Dude what have you done:((( Ah, my arch nemesis :)

Ok, ok, we still have 101!
Obviously, all attention for the number of a loco. Bonus point for the digits in before it also being 10 :)
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Phase 2 will take it to the final destination. There's even a little waiting shed waiting on a flat car, from Humppila, from time before it got a proper station building.

During the passenger traffic days ending in the 50s they had rail motors, actually. Anyway, during that time, thet had their own platform at and used VR station's waiting room. Minkiö, jokioinen and Forssa had stations, only Minkiö remains.
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This this the magic of the best and purest hash from the sheik Hassan bin Shabban's secret gardens, mixed with West "the Mika Haekkinen -tobacco", as I like to call it,, fueled by Gin longdrink.

Here's a final picture, from the station building. This is bu the smalles standard blue prints of VR, from 1901
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Okay, this is the final image. "Here it comes!"

Notice the old tiny waiting shed tucked away on a flat car.
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While in Jokioinen there is ~14 km of track (just over 15 when extended) and has a good representative chunk of our 750mm history preserved, there's only 2km of 600mm in Nykarleby/Kovjoki but also few industrial diesel operated garden railways. It's "Nykarleby railway from Kovjoki halt (discontinued in 1982) to Nykarleby. The whole 8 kmright of way still exists, but there's no manpower to rebuild it.

I think no commercial theme park style shuttles operate at the moment, there used to exist several in the past. The Nykarleby folks have several old engines and few period passenger cars. Jokioinen also has several, and pretty good collection of freight cars too. This is noteworthy, because the narrow gauge railways didn't have that much passenger rolling stock in the first place.
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What do you need a skid loader or a wheelbarrow for when you can use Decauville?
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So let's face it, so I on have some very limited local museum railway trivia and stolen illustrations if anyone is interested or not, on some topics. Maybe I'll post some when this thread has again sunken.

This pic made me think about one comment I read long time ago at vaunut.org, I stumbled across it again, so paraphrasing a little:

>The engine has been repaired little by little in Minkiö. When things have been put to their places, it's the plan to repair this engine back to working order. It is precise the plan to train new firemen and drivers for the building and mantanance of this kind of contraption - and what a better way!
>In addition it wound be good and there would be one such an average engine, on which this country was once run, driveable. The current rolling stock presents the extremes: either the biggest and the most powerful narrow gauge machines or they were purpose built for some railways, such "Porter".
>Precisely such and average machine such this "Duck Park" (In Tampere, it was originally on stationary display there) represents is absent from the driveable fleet.

Minkiö has at least three engines and maybe... 6 cars at least that were rescued from stationary display.

The quirky little porter and survived as a boilers and the 1000mm "iron channel" Krauss was just stashed to her engine house when the operation ended.

I think it's not affecting the local mainline steam as much, there are several "regular workhorses" operational along with a shunter as well as the latest and the biggest.
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Of course, along with stolen illustrations.

It's rainbow trains in Jokioinen, cars from 5 different railways.
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NIPPUJA, NIPPUJA Dokumenttielokuva Honkataipaleen rautatiestä 1971.–(YouTube)
Ah, right I should probably name "Krauss", it was for this log transfer railway, here's an attempt of a time link to short film youtube with relative long continuous shot of the engine itself. It was losed relatively late, halted in 1978 and officially closed in 1982 ish. The steam engine was left be and the diesel used in the later times was sold to Swizerland and is still operational.

Some "secondary source" made a claim that the valve gear would have been improperly assembled. Does it sound weird? The engine was of course maintained in situ.

Notice their weird cyclic way of running the engine: stuff the fire box full of metre long half logs for a long climb and them coast with few remaining logs back. Would be horrible stress for the boiler I think.

The last operational narrow gauge railway, also a metre gauge wood transfer track, in this country closed in 1989, the year of my birth. I hear there are still some proper peat railways operating in Latvia and Lithuania at least.

(in case time link doesn't work)

I wish I had energy to make english subtitles for this.
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This is porter, the oldest operational in the country, ordered in 1901 from America! This was the boiler one and there are actually 4 engines from stationary display: 2 main line kind from Loviisa & Vesijärvi with proper tender, 2 shunters, 1 industrial 1 logging kind with one passenger car. Porter also came with passenger car, oddly even though it was an industrial kind.

Both tender engines were put on display. one with two passenger cars and one with a freight car, a that proper long lantern roof passenger car with steel sides seen in the aerial shot and that weird post car - conductor car - brake van combo pulled by porter here and also in aerial.

For the record, that blue tender engine is Hyvinkää & Karkkila, not Loviisa & Vesijärvi.

And this is Valmet move 1 >>684
This here of course is a Pedershaab >>98
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So tl;dr would be that in in narrow gauge preservation there may be some extremes of the greatest and best. Imagine if there was left was some maine 2-footers. Would give a complete wrong idea of the era as whole.

Meanwhile: here it is, the - Kyröskoski wood transfer railway - replaced in the end by a long long wood transfer belt system.

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