Goodbye Sibelius and Repin
Photos of traveling by Sibelius and Repin trains in the Finnish Railway Museum 4.-16.1.2011.
Photographs of traveling by Sibelius and Repin trains are on view in the Finnish Railway Museum's lobby. Photos were taken in late November, when the Finnish Railway Museum's research team was documenting these trains.
Sibelius and Repin were removed from the traffic between Helsinki and St. Petersburg in December 2010, when the new Allegro train began operating. Before that the research team traveled by Sibelius train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg and by Repin train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki and observed, interviewed and photographed the train staff and passangers.
Documentation was part of the museum project called "Junalla itään" (by train to the east), which is part of a co operation project of Finnish museums. Partners in the documentation were VR and October Railway Central Museum in St. Petersburg.
Sibelius or Express number 35/36 started operating between Helsinki and St. Petersburg in 1992. It was the first foreigner train in Russia since the Soviet era. The Russian train operating between St. Petersburg and Helsinki was named Repin in 1982.
Although the regular traffic on these trains stopped, you can still spot them in traffic as extra trains during the New Year's Eve - the Epiphany.