This M62 is a bit unusual as the locomotive is built for the narrower 1435 mm ‘standard’ gauge lines which account for 60% of European railway networks, but not in Lithuania, where the ‘Russian Gauge’ of 1520 mm is the standard. For a long time there was only a short length of 1435 mm line in Lithuania – from Šeštokai to the border with Poland (21.8 km/13 miles). An M62 with a modified chassis and coupler is operating on this stretch.

With the line from Šeštokai to Kaunas recently upgraded with an additional 1435 mm track as part of the Rail Baltica project, European standard gauge is advancing through the Baltic States and will eventually reach Tallinn in Estonia.

Photo by:
R. Povilauskas

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