Wärtsilä attends the CIS Railway Council meeting exhibition at the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki 18-19 May 2011. In addition to Wärtsilä, VR Group (the Finnish railway company), TransTech, Freight one Scandinavia and Port of HaminaKotka present their offerings.
The CIS Railway Council meets annually in different locations - this time Finland is the host of the event. The Council for Rail Transport of CIS States coordinates the railway systems on the territory of the Former Soviet Union. The members include the CIS states, as well as Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria, and Finland.
Wärtsilä entered the rail market through the joint venture with Transmashholding one year ago. A new engine based on the 6-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 20 engine is being especially developed for shunter locomotives, which will be used in rail yards to assemble and disassemble trains, and to move train cars. The first engine was started in December 2010. Production is planned to begin in 2012 in the jointly owned