Haapamäki railway station

Haapamäki railway station (abbrev. Hpk, Finnish: Haapamäen rautatieasema) is a junction station in the village of Haapamäki, in Keuruu, Finland. Construction on the railway line from Tampere to Seinäjoki via Haapamäki was finished in 1882. When the railway line to Jyväskylä was built, Haapamäki became a junction station. The fourth line to branch off from Haapamäki was the Pori line, which was built in the 1930s.

Railway station in Keuruu, Finland
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Haapamäki
VR station
Location Asema-aukio 1
Haapamäki, Keuruu
Finland
Coordinates

62°14′48″N024°27′19″E

Owned by Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency
Operated by VR Group
Line(s) Tampere–Haapamäki
Haapamäki–Jyväskylä
Haapamäki–Seinäjoki
Construction
Architect Bruno Granholm
Other information
Station code Hpk
Classification Operating point[1]
History
Opened 29 September 1883 (1883-09-29)
Previous names Keuru (until 1897)
Passengers
2008 17,000[2]
Services
Preceding station VR Group Following station
Kolho

towards Tampere
Tampere–Haapamäki Terminus
Terminus Haapamäki–Seinäjoki Pihlajavesi

towards Seinäjoki
Haapamäki–Jyväskylä Keuruu

towards Jyväskylä
Location

Haapamäki
Location within Central Finland

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Haapamäki
Haapamäki (Finland)

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This line saw heavy traffic until the 1970s, since all trains heading for Ostrobothnia and Jyväskylä went through Haapamäki. The number of trains heading for Ostrobothnia via Haapamäki dropped off in 1971 as a result of the line from Tampere to Seinäjoki via Parkano being built. The number dropped even further once the Pori line was closed.

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Haapamäki railway station was built over a two-year period, from 1880 to 1882. At the same time, construction was being started on a rail line between Tampere and Vaasa. Originally, the area around the station was sparsely populated wilderness, but a village quickly sprung up around the station. Beautiful log buildings were built for the stationmaster, the railway guard and other railway personnel. At the same time, some of the people building the station settled down permanently in the village and built themselves houses. The railway enticed merchants to the town as it offered them a substantial shipping advantage. By the time trains started rolling through the village in 1882, a village with several dozen houses had sprung up around the station. Haapamäki never saw any major industry roll into town, as there were no rapids nearby that could be used to generate energy; nor were there any major waterways nearby that could be used for transporting timber to the station.

Until the end of the 1800s, Haapamäki railway station’s development was quite modest; this was, above all, due to the inability of the merchants to use the railway to their advantage and the municipality’s reluctance to develop the station village, which was located far from downtown Keuruu. No wholesale trade ever developed as all the merchants focussed their efforts on retail sales, which proved not to be very profitable in such a small village. In that sense, Haapamäki was geographically in a favorable place for wholesaling as it would have been easy to competitively ship goods to Virrat and Ruovesi in the west and Jyväskylä in the east. The development of the station fell mainly on the shoulders of the Finland’s State Railways, as the municipality refused to do anything. A fear of the village center fading away and the station village developing into the new business center was behind the municipality’s decision. Furthermore, the majority of Haapamäki’s inhabitants were not originally from Keuruu, which perhaps also caused the original residents to be jealous and resentful.

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