„Baltic Railways Magazine” number seventeen

Cover story The Viking intermodal train aims for Asia via Turkey
An account of the problems and negotiations involved in running this train, and future prospects. [The picture is of PESA railcar 620M-019 between Vilnius and Naujoji Vilnia].
LG’s office in China The successful trial in 2011 of the Saulė intermodal freight train from China to Mockava and on to Antwerp, has failed to produce regular services as originally hoped. A twice monthly service between Klaipėda and Dostyk in Kazakhstan is the present extent of the service. This article details LG’s attempts to extend the service to China.
A second track between Telšiai and Lieplaukė will speed up freight and passenger trains.
Latvian electrification Latvia is considering whether or not to electrify its system. Electrification will involve the rapid introduction of expensive new freight and passenger trains, whilst updating the existing diesel trains can happen at a slower pace taking account of financial resources.
Radviliškis has a new train and loco washing facility The days of teams of women washing locomotives and trains by hand are numbered. An additional facility in Vilnius is planned.
Rail Baltica At last, the three Baltic States have agreed to cooperate to get this project off the ground. Up to now, only Lithuania has shown any enthusiasm for the project to build a standard gauge line from Šeštokai to Tallinn. Construction of the line from the Polish border to Kaunas is well advanced, and with all three states agreeing on an extension to Vilnius, it is full speed ahead to obtain EU funding.
Innotrans 2014 Impressions are given of this important industry showcase at which the Lithuanian firm UAB Vilnius Locomotive Repair Depot (depas) exhibited a track maintenance vehicle.
Narrow gauge Accounts are given of a meeting of 600mm Feldbahn railway enthusiasts in Latvia; and of improvements in Panevėžys which include the opening of a new station for the narrow gauge trains.
Lithuanian draisines and motor locomotives 1919 -1940 This companion volume to the book describing the steam locomotives of Lithuanian railways between the two world wars will shortly be published. The author describes the process of researching and writing the book.
Other articles describe developments on Kaliningrad Railways, and the production of new freight wagons with technically advanced bogies in Latvia. A serious train crash at Vangaži in 1971 is analysed. Thirty passengers were injured, and the train signallers received prison sentences for their negligence.
In English and Lithuanian (a Lithuanian and Russian edition is also available)