Saint Petersburg – Hiitola railroad

Saint Petersburg – Hiitola Railroad

Saint Petersburg – Hiitola railroad

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The Saint Petersburg-Hiitola Railway is a 170-kilometre long railway with broad gauge located in Saint Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast (Karelian Isthmus) and Republic of Karelia, which links Finlyandsky Rail Terminal to Hiitola () through Devyatkino, Vaskelovo, Sosnovo, Priozersk and Kuznechnoye. Originally built by Finnish State Railways in the Grand Duchy of Finland, the railway was part of a trunk line from Vaasa by the Gulf of Botnia to Saint Petersburg. In 1940 in the Moscow Peace Treaty the territory was ceded by Finland to the Soviet Union. The railroad is now operated by the Russian Railways. The railroad is used by passenger trains between Saint Petersburg and Sortavala. The track between Hiitola and Sortavala is part of the Vyborg–Joensuu railroad completed in 1894.

As the Russian part of the Riihimäki–Saint Petersburg Railway is planned to be renovated to handle high-speed international trains operated by Karelian Trains and to be used exclusively for passenger traffic, so the cargo traffic between Finland and Russia—mostly lumber, granite rubble and oil—is expected to be switched to the Saint Petersburg–Hiitola railroad. This would make the railway a part of the Northern East-West Freight Corridor.

History

The railway connected Hiitola on the Vyborg–Joensuu Railway with Finland Station in Saint Petersburg, bypassing the Riihimäki-Vyborg-Saint Petersburg trunk line of Finnish railways. Construction of the railway had been...
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