The Tuuri Train Station in central Finland was built in 1908. It is the only remaining station type of its style in the country (sister station at Mustasaari was destroyed in the fire). Besides of the grand Jugend style station building, there is a double watchman’s house, beautiful horse stalls and railroad magazine (warehouse) in the station grounds.
The construction of the Tampere-Vaasa railway started in 1879 and was completed at 1882, with the official opening held in September 1883. Tuuri Station was initially a junction under the Alavus station. Due to the popularity of the location, it was elected to be a station in the 1908.
During the 1920s, Tuuri Station became a significant freight terminal where the goods were distributed in the Lehtimäki direction. During the war, soldiers of the local region left from Tuuri station towards unknown. Sadly, many relatives and friends came to the station to reunite with soldiers who passed away during the war. Between watchman’s house and bank, there is statue dedicated to the memory of winter war soldiers from the region.
In the gardens of station there is still an old Sembra pine. Local boys are known to have climbed the tree to eat its delicious nuts. You can spot the pine in evenings by following a flock of jackdaws flying between the majestic pine tree and station chimney tops.
The building was re-painted from its original colour in traditional yellow fish oil paint for the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympic Games. Paint has stuck well for over 60 years, perhaps you will see the return of traditional Linseed oil paint in the coming few years.
Tuuri station ceased operating as a stop station in 1987, with the stop relocated 500 meters to the Alavus direction next to the Keskinen shopping centre.
Around 20 years ago, the previous owners purchased the property from the Finnish VR, Finland’s state owned railway company. They used the building for different business purposes, including as an upholstery and antique shop and cafeteria. The station has also been home to a pharmacy museum.
Later a steam train Vr2 number 951, nicknamed Duck were added, including two carriages to use as accommodation during the summers. The heavy steam train 951 was manufactured in 1931 in Finland at Tampella’s factory. (https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vr2)
In September 2017, Ari and Sandra Haukka purchased the property with the intention of undertaking a restoration of the property, expanding the current train accommodation business, and exploring new business opportunities. The new owners have committed to achieving these objectives whilst being mindful of the importance of protecting and promoting the unique history and traditional architecture of the station and generating economic and social benefits for the local community.
The new owners will re-open the train accommodation business in mid May 2018. We look forward to hosting you.
Train Conductor Haukka