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VR FleetCare Completes Helsinki Metro Modernization with Final M200 Train Delivery

VR FleetCare Completes Helsinki Metro Modernization with Final M200 Train Delivery
photo: VR FleetCare / Public domain/M200 series metro train
05 / 06 / 2024

VR FleetCare has completed the metro modernization project for Helsinki Metropolitan Area Transport by delivering the last refurbished M200 series metro train last month.

"Our collaboration with the customer and partners was excellent. Despite minor challenges, the project has been a great demonstration of our growth opportunities and our ability to tackle various challenges and enter new market areas," says Mikko Aalto, Project Manager at VR FleetCare.

The project began in 2019 with the modernisation of 39 M100 series metro trains, manufactured by Valmet/Strömberg between 1979 and 1984. The project was carried out in Pieksämäki and Helsinki. In addition to the refurbishments that improved travel comfort, the metro train bodies were surface-treated and the driver’s cabins were updated, including the control desks. The last M100 series metro train was returned to the customer in March 2023. 

Following this, the refurbishment work continued with 12 M200 series metro trains. 12 Bombardier metro trains, manufactured between 2000 and 2001, were overhauled at the Helsinki depot. These refurbishments focused on enhancing travel comfort and providing the customer with more sustainable and modern solutions. The last metro train was delivered to Helsinki Region Transport in March 2024.

"This project was a confirmation of our commitment to providing high-quality and sustainable solutions for both our customers and the environment. We thank all parties involved in making this project a success," says Toni Harju, Director of Project Services at VR FleetCare.

The metro refurbishment project has been part of VR FleetCare’s strategy to expand as a provider of demanding overhauls for rolling stock. This strengthens our competitiveness both in the domestic market and abroad.

Source: VR FleetCare Press Releases