VR Class Hv1

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VR Class Hv1
VR Class Hv1 4-6-0, built by Tampella in 1915
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
Builder Tampella, Lokomo
Build date1915–21
Total produced42
   Whyte 4-6-0
Gauge 1,524 mm (5 ft)
Loco weight88.5 tonnes (87.1 long tons; 97.6 short tons)
Fuel type Coal or firewood
Fuel capacity3.5 t (3.4 long tons; 3.9 short tons),>
11 m3 (390 cu ft)
Water cap14.3 m3 (500 cu ft)
  Firegrate area
1.99 m2 (21.4 sq ft)
Heating surface108.6 m2 (1,169 sq ft)
Performance figures
Maximum speed95 km/h (59 mph)
Numbers545–578, 648–655
Nicknames"Heikki", Locomotive number 555 was called "Princess"
First run1915
Disposition3 preserved. No. 554 is plinthed in Riihimäki, No. 575 is plinthed next to the Lokomo factory in Tampere. No. 555 is at the Finnish Railway Museum.

The Finnish Hv1 class (original classification 'H8') was a 4-6-0 express passenger train locomotive. 42 were built between 1915 and 1921. They were numbered 545–578 and 648–655. [1]


Because of the increasing weight of trains, around 1910 there was a need for a more powerful passenger train locomotive, and Finnish Railways ordered a new design from Tampella and Lokomo. [2] The initial maximum speed was 80 km/h but this was increased to 95 km/h in 1934. [2] Hv1 locomotives were in use on passenger trains throughout Finland for 50 years. The last of these locomotives was withdrawn in 1967. [2]

The very similar locomotives, types Hv2 and Hv3, were built later. The Hv2s were almost identical to the Hv1s, while the Hv3s had longer, 4-axle, 2-truck tenders.


Locomotive No. 554 is plinthed in Riihimäki, and No. 575 is located next to the Lokomo factory gate in Tampere. The Finnish Railway Museum has locomotive No. 555 (Tampella No. 264), which was called “Princess”. It was in running order between 1995–2000, and is again from 2012 onwards. [1]

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  1. 1 2 Finnish website with locomotive technical data
  2. 1 2 3 Katajisto, Juhani. (1985). Eilispäivän kulkuneuvoja.. Hämeenlinna:Tietoteos. ISBN   951-9035-79-6.