Railway tourism to attract customers to Estonian Railways

The Estonian railway company Edelaraudtee AS, whilst undertaking national passenger transportation, is also looking for new ways of attracting customers. The company has repaired a steam locomotive which will haul chartered passenger trains in summer 2011. According to the initial plans, tourists will be carried on the route Tallinn – Pärnu.

The steam loco restoration was performed in April to August 2010. The loco was first tested on the route Türi-Lelle-Türi, and then in September it hauled two passenger carriages on the first official route Türi-Tallinn-Türi. The repaired loco L-3297 No. 15050 was manufactured in Lugansk (Ukraine) in 1953. Initially it was used in Russia, and in about 1963 it was transferred to the Baltic Railway Region where it was mainly operated from Tapa and Valga (Estonia) depots. In 1975 the loco was transferred to the strategic reserve where it has been kept for many years.