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About the project
In the center of the renowned Fiskars ironworks lives a tiny black and green steam locomotive called Pikku-Pässi, which was built in 1890. Actually, Pikku-Pässi is Finland’s first and oldest narrow-gauge steam locomotive that transported raw materials to the ironworks and distributed ready-made and acclaimed Fiskars products around the world.
During feasts and festivals, Pikku-Pässi’s carriages were decorated, and both locals and celebrities like Mannerheim and Bobrikoff went on trips. After the railroad closed down, our beloved Pikku-Pässi stood unemployed outside in the rain and cold. Playing children and their liveliness have kept spirits high, though now it’s time to give Pikku Pässi all the help we can.
During years 2018-2019 the Pikku Pässi’s locomotive is being restored thanks to generous finansial donations! To bring Pikku-Pässi back to the rails again, we still need your help. You can help by buying Pikku-Pässi products in the museum shop at Fiskars museum or becoming a museum volunteer. More information below!
The working comittee
“Save Pikku-Pässi” is a project administered by Fiskars Museum. The Fiskars Museum preserves and examines the culture of the ironworks from the 17th century to present time. The steam locomotive Pikku-Pässi belongs to Fiskars Museum’s collections. The project is carried out in corporation with Fiskars Oyj Abp and The Finnish Railway Museum. Assistance concerning the the track and railway trafic is given by Väylä and NRC .
For more information contact the Project Officer and Researcher Kenneth Silver Kenneth.Silver@fiskarsmuseum.fi.
News regarding our steam locomotive 2019.
Pikku-Pässi, our steam locomotive, is doing really well! The restoration and rebuilding work is soon coming to an end. We assume our beloved locomotive will be fully restored by the end of the year, though it is unlikely it will return to Fiskars before early 2020, following the completion of the roundhouse.
Meanwhile, our project has evolved into something even more meaningful. We called it now the ”Museum Railway 2020”, a project we see carries four modules entitled PM 1-PM 4.
In Module 1, which finishes by the end of 2019, the locomotive will be fully functional and restored to its former glory, including the exterior. Restorer Juha-Pekka Viitanen is experienced in steam engines and is responsible for the restoration plan and all the practical work, in co-operation with the Railway Museum in Finland and Fiskars Museum. In his restoration work, he applies traditional materials, methods, and tools that he has inherited from the former engineering workshop of the State Railways in Finland. In addition, he helps to maintain the know-how and tradition of steam engines. The budget of the module is 85 000 €, and it has been secured in 2017–2019.
Within Module 2, the passenger cars or coaches for the railway are built according to historical models and types found in sales catalogs that have been relocated in archival sources. One of the passenger cars is especially adapted to accessibility, which means that the museum railway in Fiskars will be the first narrow gauge railway in the country fulfilling the accessibility criteria. We are very pleased to announce the arrival our new fleet of passenger cars in ca. 2020. Wooden saloons with benches will be built on the metal frame of the passenger cars at Fiskars in co-operation with volunteers and local craftsmen, to create distinctive ”Fiskars-design” that will blend into the historical environment. The budget of the module is 60 015 € and it was secured in 2018. Two passenger cars will be built most likely in 2019–2020, and they will be housed in the roundhouse together with the locomotive.
What is new and especially exciting is that we have started the planning of the narrow gauge railway line (PM 3), which is expected to be executed in 2020-2021. The train is scheduled for traffic on a railway about 1,8 km in length within Fiskars ironworks. Before that, a roundhouse for the locomotive and the passenger cars is established in Fiskars upper works’ to house the rolling material in co-operation with Fiskars Group. The accessibility of the museum area and the cultural heritage is planned from the point of view of customers’ needs. Negotiations regarding the technical details of the railway are underway.
Modul PM 4 creates a Personal Learning Environment and museum exhibition around the narrow gauge railway, which illustrates Fiskars upper works’ as the center of the heavy industry and the cradle of Finnish metal industry. The contents of the learning environment and the exhibition will be produced in 2019-2020. The Personal Learning Environment utilizes 3-D techniques and Virtual Reality. The returning of the narrow gauge railway to Fiskars increases the visibility and influence of the museum in the area, but also domestically. A significant part of the budget of the module was secured in 2019 by a generous grant by Svenska Kulturfonden (50 000 €).
The successful planning and execution of the railway project administered by Fiskars Museum is visible from the fact that three of the four modules of the project have already received full or partial financial support mainly in 2018-2019. Of the total budget, more than 50 % has already been achieved. We express our deepest gratitude to the people and institutions that have granted us the financial support and made the journey possible so far!
Become a museum volunteer!
There are several volunteer groups at Fiskars Museum and voluntary work is an important part of the museum's activities.
The museum volunteers have free admission to the museum throughout the year. They will receive a 10% discount on all museum shop products and a 20% discount on space rent. Volunteers receive an information bulletin published 5-7 times a year and have the opportunity to take part in museum study tours and excursions.
Our volunteer groups:
Pässi’s Friends - Professionals who help the museum in matters related to repairing, construction and maintenance of the Pikku-Pässi locomotive, it’s wagons and railway track.
50’s Youth - A group for those who lived their childhood or youth in the 1950’s meets every month on the first Tuesday at 2.45 pm-4 pm at Café Hammarbacken
Handicraft group- meets on Tuesdays at 6pm-8pm in the cozy Café Hammarbacken (No meetings in July)
The Vividers - the old characters from the iron works at exhibitions and events that introduce museum visitors to history of Fiskars
Exhibition team - professionals from various fields interested in exhibition -, collection - and archive work
Gardening Group – The green thumbs planning and maintaining the museum garden
Helping hands - the museum's friends that help in events and seasonal work in the garden
Interested? Contact our Museum Education Officer Susanna 044 5752874 or susanna.louneva(at)fiskarsmuseum.fi.
Everyone participates in the activities according to their own resources.
Thank you for supporting the work to save the oldest narrow-gauge steam locomotive in Finland!