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Old July 31st, 2005, 05:08 PM   #1
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Trams derailed in Riga,Latvia. Some pictures.

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Old July 31st, 2005, 07:30 PM   #2
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Old July 10th, 2007, 10:20 AM   #4
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Trams in Riga, Latvia

History
1882 - First horse tram line
1901 - First electric tram line
2007 - Riga has 11 tram lines, 252 trams

Map of todays network


Map of future network
Red - official tram lines
Blue, green - unoficial tram lines (apeared in some major projects, but not in the official map)


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All taken by me, some more later

Most of the trams are Tatra T3 (modernised here in Riga)


Riga also uses Tatra T6B5




About 75% of all trams have comercial livery


Some views into one of the depos



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Both maps are self made
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Old July 10th, 2007, 11:07 PM   #5
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Thanks for showing us, but the trams looks a bit old. What is the frequency of the trams?

btw the future networkmap isn't showing for me
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Old July 11th, 2007, 09:41 AM   #6
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Here is the direct link to the future map:
http://img53.imageshack.us/img53/2039/maprigagj1.gif

Trams are old, the youngest one is about 19 - 20 years old, but are plans for near future to get low-floor trams, but those trams can't run on current tracks (they are in a bad condition)

Frequency is acording to line, but the average is about 15 minutes (the long lines (1, 3 and 8) have a frequency of one hour.
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Old July 11th, 2007, 08:47 PM   #7
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Thanks. you can see the tracks are in bad shape in the picture with the McDonald ad.
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Old July 11th, 2007, 09:41 PM   #8
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Acctually on that tram loop only one is used, the other is just there without any usage
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Old July 12th, 2007, 01:57 AM   #9
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I really like this tram system, it reminds me alot of Blackpool's in the UK. It looks like a classic system.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 01:06 PM   #10
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cool... great network this is really big
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I really like this tram system, it reminds me alot of Blackpool's in the UK. It looks like a classic system.
Certainly Riga would not make the system "classic" as the cost of replacement is cheaper than keeping Riga's "classic" tatra T3 trams in good shape. In Blackpool and Hong Kong, their double-decker trams are peculiar in the world.

Riga has the potential to preserve them, though.
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And how's about this one:
An original more then 100 year old tram car:


Here is a video of the tram in his new colors:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAB0DwVtm_E
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Old July 15th, 2007, 09:25 AM   #13
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How come these trams are using poles instead of pantographs for current collection?

Could you please post some trolley-buses along with trams? Riga trolley-bus system is one of the most fascinating trolley systems for me, after Salzburg, Riga is the one I most wanted to see.
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Not only these trams use poles, every single tram uses poles, there are no trams with pantographs in Riga. BTW in Daugavpils (second largest city in Latvia) has a tram system which uses poles as well. Only the system in Liepaja uses phantographs.

Acctually I don't know why Riga trams use poles ... I gues when other system changed to phantographs Riga didn't want to "go with the flow"

OK .. some trolley pics later ... now I'm too tired to search the net
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I actually quite like the 'classic' look of these trams.

How much of the network is seperated from road traffic, i.e. has its own lane not shared with cars?
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Old July 16th, 2007, 11:06 AM   #17
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I actually quite like the 'classic' look of these trams.

How much of the network is seperated from road traffic, i.e. has its own lane not shared with cars?
In the city center all tram rails can be used as normal traffic lanes. But outside the center the rails are seperated.
But according to Latvian road laws, you can only use the tram rail lane when you over take somebody or make a left turm (if a sign doesn't say that you can't do that and the tram rails are in the middle of the road).
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Old July 16th, 2007, 06:01 PM   #18
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Could you please post some trolley-buses along with trams? Riga trolley-bus system is one of the most fascinating trolley systems for me, after Salzburg, Riga is the one I most wanted to see.
Here you are

Some Škoda 14Tr on Kr.Valdemāra street


A Škoda 14TrM on Brīvibas street with a comercial livery


A rather old pic of Škoda 15TrM (old because there is no route 21 anymore, it's now route 25)


Traffic on Akmens bridge


Škoda 15Tr on Station square


The only MAZ 103T (made in Belarus, this trolleybus was on test trip in Moscow and now he is back in Riga)


Škodas on Merķeļa street


MAZ 103T


The second trolleybus depo






Škoda 15TrM and a Škoda 9Tr (rebuild as work trolleybus)


Belkomunmash ASKM-333 (made in Belarus)



Škoda 9Tr (not in regular use, actually I don't know for what it is being used)


Škoda 9Tr work trolley


Solaris Trolino 18



Belkomunmash ASKM-321 (only one in Riga)


and now back to trams

The inside of the retro tram


Tatra T3 turning from Kronvalda bulvāris to Kr. Valdemāra street


Tatra T3 rebuild as track cleaning tram


Tatra T3 on Akmens bridge


13. Janvara street


Radio street


Aspazijas bulvāris (the place where all tram lines of Riga meet)


Radio street


Kr. Barona street



11. novembra krastmala


The wreck of the burned MTV-82 Tramcar (historic)


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Some historic picture (from 1975, street names from today)
Kaļķu street (now closed for traffic)


Pulkveža Brieža street


Raiņa Bulvāris


ZIU - 5 trolleybus near central market (There are no ZIU 5 troleys in Riga anymore)


Škoda 12Tr (Škoda 9Tr + 9Tr, The trolleybus train) on Buļļu street


Ieriķu street


Even in those days there were comercial liverysm but they looked great


MTV-82 Tram in Mežaparks


RM - 62A tram in Mežaparks


RVR - 55 in Jugla
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My favoriet tram livery (commercial for a book store)


Prāgas street


Aspazijas bulvāris


Ausekļa street


Kronvalda bulvāris


Maskavas street


Work tram


Modernised Tatra T6B5


13. Janvāra street


Elizabetes street - The new Solaris Trollino 18 (delivered this year)


Ganību dambis



Pētersalas street


Raiņa bulvāris


Vienības gatve


Bauskas street (one tram rail is used for both directions)


Bišumuiža


Tipogrāfijas street


Matīsa street


Miera street


Vaidavas street


Šmerlis


Tallinas street


Ganību dambis


Mežaparks


Brīvības street


Sarkandaugava


Kr. Barona street


Learning trolleybuses


1st trolleybus depo hall


My favorite trolleybus (look at the number on it)

Solaris Urbino 18 with the number 2-666
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History
1882 - First horse tram line
1901 - First electric tram line
2007 - Riga has 11 tram lines, 252 trams


All taken by me, some more later


More to come...

Both maps are self made
Do you have any e mail contact from Riga's tramway company? I collect transit system paper maps, and I do not manage to contact them! Thank you.
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