August 17, 2013

The museum train, Lättähattu ("Flat Hat") is a 1950's Finnish designed diesel railcar manufactured by Valmet. Withdrawn from service in the late 1980's, a few of the 400 built examples have survived in museums around Finland - some in mainline working condition such as No. 4163 owned by Porvoo Museum Railway (Porvoon Museorautatie). Interestingly the name Lättähattu originates from the mid 1950's youth fashion of Helsinki, when teenage boys used to imitate American Films and wear felt hats. 


Lättähattu DM7, No. 4163 built in 1960 waiting at the old Porvoo railway station


The first generation railcars were designated DM6. They had exceptionally small wheel diameters which resulted in a few problems and even occasional derailments at points. The second generation diesel railcar, DM7 had larger wheels and a few other modifications. In addition to powered cars, non-powered vehicles were also built, such as No. 11592 (vehicle type EFiab) which was half passenger and half luggage storage and conductor compartment.  


How to get to Porvoo by ? 

Porvoo Museum Railway operates one return service to Porvoo from Helsinki on a few summer Saturday's. The train departs Helsinki Central Railway Station in the morning, and follows the mainline as far as Kereva. From Kereva the museum train follows a branch line to Porvoo passing through Hinthaara and rural Finnish countryside with picturesque red cottages surrounded by green fields and pine forests (Route Map). The journey time is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. In the afternoon the train returns to Helsinki giving passengers about 3 hours in Porvoo. 


Next departure dates? 


12.08, 26.08, 16.09 and 09.12.17


For the timetable visit the Porvoon Museorautatie website (in Finnish only). 


Note: Occasionally the museum train does not depart from Helsinki Central Railway Station but instead departs from Kerava. To get to Kerava, you can use local trains (Lähijunat) ‘K’, ‘R’, ‘T’, ‘D’ and ‘Z’. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes, and some services are quicker than others. A three-zone HKL ticket is required. 


How to get to the old town in Porvoo?


The old Porvoo railways station is just 400 meters from ‘Vanha Silta’, the bridge that crosses the river, ‘Porvoonjoki’ and takes you into the Old Town, ‘Vanha Porvoo’. From here it is easy to explore all the delights Porvoo has to offer: cobblestone streets, narrow passageways, red wooden shore houses lining the bank of Porvoonjoki and a whole host of interior design stores. 


Click here for more information about Porvoo.


Photo Journal 


Kerava railway station


Drivers cab


Drivers cab


Drivers cab


Destination Porvoo


Lättähattu DM7, No. 4211 at the Kerava railway station


Kerava Station


Interior passenger compartment





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