„Baltic Railways Magazine“ number thirteen

Cover story 30 minutes cut from journey times between Vilnius and Minsk Cooperation between the railway and customs authorities of Lithuania and Belarus has seen a reduction of travel time to two hours between the capitals.
Kaliningrad Railways is also investigating how it can take advantage of the improvements elsewhere to speed up its long-distance services.
The Vikings are still here 3 February saw the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Viking shuttle freight train between Klaipeda in Lithuania, through Belarus, to Ilyichevsk on the Black Sea coast in Ukraine. Extensions of the service to Scandinavia, the Balkans and Eastern Europe are under consideration.
The Sapsan high speed train in Russia makes the headlines, but an article about the less well known „Swallow” five car electric passenger train based on Siemen’s Desiro, shows that passengers off the high speed routes are also being provided with modern trains.
The EU continues to flex its muscles over the failure of many railway administrations to open their railways to traffic from other countries and operators. The unique gauge of the Baltic States railways and its incompatibility with railways in mainland Europe, are discussed in EU regulations for 1520mm networks.
A massive project has started in Riga to move some freight facilities away from the centre of the city to a new freight terminal called Bolderaja 2. Signalling and train control will be modernised.
Also covered is the upgrading of Latvian Railways tracks including doubling.
The railway vehicle construction plant in Riga is detailed in a history of the plant and the vehicles made there. During Soviet times, it made diesel and electric passenger trains for the entire Soviet Union, together with trams for the local network. With the collapse of the USSR, the orders stopped, and today the huge factory sadly is empty and derelict.
The TΓ102 (TG102 diesel hydraulic locomotives introduced in the early 1960s receive a comprehensive assessment. Like the diesel hydraulics produced for the Western Region of British Railways around the same time, they were short lived; they weren’t pretty; so unlike the Westerns and Hymeks, none survived to be used on heritage railways.
Former EWS class 66173 reaches Mockava (Lithuania) on 23 March 2013 Sorry, that story had to be dropped due to lack of space. English readers will be interested to know though that the popular Class 66, the mainstay of freight trains in Britain since EWS introduced it in 1998, has at last arrived in Lithuania on one of the few standard gauge lines from Poland.
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