Kemijärvi railway station
|Address||Asematie 4, 98120 Kemijärvi|
|Structure type||ground station|
|Owned by||Finnish Transport Agency|
As of 2013, VR operates one daily overnight passenger train service (with sleeping cars) from Kemijärvi to and from Helsinki Central railway station. There are no daytime services, but bus services to and from Rovaniemi are available, operated on behalf of VR.
The direct overnight train service between Kemijärvi and Helsinki was controversially withdrawn in September 2006, with VR stating that its new sleeping car trains could not operate with the diesel locomotives needed for the non-electrified railway north of Rovaniemi. In March 2008 the overnight train to/from Helsinki was restored.
The line from Rovaniemi to Kemijärvi opened as recently as 1934. As of 2007, the future of Kemijärvi's few remaining passenger train services were in doubt, but the restoration of the sleeping car train appears to have secured the line's future.
In July 2013, electrification reached the station.
There is also a railway beyond Kemijärvi to Salla, but the part between Isokylä and Salla was closed in December 2012. There are plans, however, to reopen the line and continue it all the way to Murmansk as the Northeast Passage opens to traffic.
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