Riihimäki railway station

Riihimäki railway station (Finnish: Riihimäen rautatieasema, Swedish: Riihimäki järnvägsstation) is a railway station located in the town of Riihimäki, Finland.

Riihimäki
VR station
Riihimäki Railway H4527 C.jpg
Train platforms and station building
LocationAsemanaukio, 11130 Riihimäki
Coordinates60°44′06″N 24°46′52″E / 60.7351°N 24.7810°E / 60.7351; 24.7810Coordinates: 60°44′06″N 24°46′52″E / 60.7351°N 24.7810°E / 60.7351; 24.7810
Owned byFinnish Transport Infrastructure Agency
Line(s)Helsinki–Riihimäki
Riihimäki–Tampere
Riihimäki–Lahti
Platforms6 (one temporary)
Tracks11
Construction
Structure typeGround
History
Opened1862
ElectrifiedYes
Passengers
2008614,000
Services
Preceding station Helsinki commuter rail Following station
Hyvinkää
towards Helsinki
T Terminus
D Ryttylä
towards Hämeenlinna
R Ryttylä
towards Tampere
Terminus G Hikiä
towards Lahti
Preceding station VR Group Following station
Tikkurila
towards Helsinki
Helsinki–Riihimäki Terminus
Terminus Riihimäki–Tampere Hämeenlinna
towards Tampere
Location
Riihimäki is located in Kanta-Häme
Riihimäki
Riihimäki
Location within Kanta-Häme
Riihimäki is located in Finland
Riihimäki
Riihimäki
Riihimäki (Finland)

HistoryEdit

The Riihimäki railway station is one of the original stations on the main railway track from Helsinki to Hämeenlinna, opened in 1862 (see Helsinki–Riihimäki railway). The town was originally built because of the railway. In 1870, a track to Saint Petersburg, Russia, was built (see Riihimäki–Saint Petersburg Railway). The amount of traffic increased, and by the 20th century, Riihimäki became an important crossing-point station. In 1907, a narrow track to Loppi was built, but it was discontinued in 1952. The track was electrified in 1972. By the late 20th century, the railroad traffic from Riihimäki south towards Helsinki started to become overloaded, so a more direct track to Lahti was built. When it was completed, the long-distance rail traffic eastwards toward Russia switched to this new track. Now only local trains and cargo trains travel between Riihimäki and Lahti.

The Riihimäki railway station is currently under renovation work during which the platforms are raised and the platform shelters, lifts and the station lights are renewed.[1]

Train connectionsEdit

Helsinki commuter rail:

  • R-line trains (Helsinki-Riihimäki-Tampere)
  • D-line trains (Helsinki-Riihimäki)
  • T-line trains (Helsinki-Riihimäki, nighttime)
  • G-line trains (Riihimäki-Lahti)

Long-distance:

  • InterCity and Pendolino trains (Helsinki-Tampere, Helsinki-Pori, Helsinki-Jyväskylä-Pieksämäki)
  • Overnight trains to Lapland (Helsinki-Kolari, Helsinki-Rovaniemi-Kemijärvi)

Departure tracksEdit

There are eleven tracks at the Riihimäki railway station of which six (1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11) have platforms for passenger trains.

  • Track 1 is used by southbound long-distance trains and some of the commuter trains (R, T) to Helsinki.
  • Track 4 is used by northbound long-distance trains and a couple of R-line commuter trains to Tampere.
  • Track 5 is used by commuter trains to Helsinki (D, R, T) and to Tampere (R).
  • Track 7 is used by some few commuter trains to Helsinki (R, D) and to Lahti (G).
  • Track 8 is used only by G-line commuter trains to Lahti.
  • Track 11 is a temporary platform track used mostly by the G-line commuter trains during the station renovation.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Riihimäki railway station at Wikimedia Commons