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Old July 14th, 2010, 09:12 PM   #1
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LATVIA | Railways

General info
Network map
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(self made)


(official map)

Lenght
1520mm gauge - 2375km (462km electrified)
750mm gaude - 33km

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The companies:



http://www.ldz.lv

Daughter companies of LDz


Pasažieru Vilciens
(Passenger Train)
http://www.pv.lv/

Starptautiskie pasažieru pārvadājumi
(International Passenger Transportations)

VRC Zasulauks
(Reconstruction centre Zasulauks)

LDZ apsardze
(LDz Security)

LDz infrastruktūra
(LDz Infrastructure)

LDz Cargo

LDz ritošā sastāva serviss
(LDz Rolling Stock Service)

Other companies:

Latvijas Ekspresis
Latvian Express (also known as L-Ekspresis)
http://www.l-ekspresis.eu/


Gulbenes - Alūksnes bānitis
Gulbene - Alūksne train (onlry narrow gauge train line)
www.banitis.lv

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Rolling Stock
Click on image to enlarge (opens parovoz.com)

LDz Cargo

M62
Produced 1964-1996
(in Luhansk, Ukraine)
In service 33


2M62 (Double M62)
Produced 1976-1988
(in Luhansk, Ukraine)
In service 40


2M62U (Modified 2M62)
Produced 1987-1997
(in Luhansk, Ukraine)
In service 30


2TE10M
Produced 1981-1990
(in Kharkiv, Ukraine and Luhansk, Ukraine)
In service 10


2TE10U
Produced 1989-1996
(in Kharkiv, Ukraine and Luhansk, Ukraine)
In service 14


ChME3
Produced 1963-1991
(in Czech Republic, http://www.ckd.cz)
In service 57


TEM2
Produced 1960-2000
(in Bryansk, Russia)
In service 7


TGK2
Produced 1960-2008
(in Kaluga, Russia)
In service 1


TGM23
In service 1


AR2
Produced ???
(in Riga, Latvia)
In service 1



Latvijas Ekspresis

TEP70
Produced since 1973
(in Kolomna, Russia, www.kolomnadiesel.com)
In service 15


Pasažieru vilciens

ER2 / ER2T
Produced in 1962-1984(ER2), since 1987 (ER2T)
(in Riga, Latvia)
In service 25
Trains produced 1962-1974

Trains produced 1987-1988 (also known as ER2T)

Trains produced since 2003


DR1A
Produced 1973-199x
(in Riga, Latvia)
In service 10


DR1AM
Produced 1973-199x
(in Riga, Latvia)
In service 9


TGM3
Produced 1959-1967
(in Lyudinovo, Russia)
In service 1




Gulbenes - Alūksnes bānītis
TU2
Produced 1955-1958
(in Luhansk, Ukraine)
In service 2


TU7A
Produced 1971-2010
(in Kambarka, Russia)
In service 2
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Old July 14th, 2010, 09:25 PM   #2
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Pictures from various stations on the route Riga - Ogre - Aizkraukle - Jekabpils

Koknese station












Aizkraukle station








Kaibala station with an ER2












[b]Lielvārde station with ER2T
















Ķegums station






Ciemupe station






Ogre station












ER2T on the stretch Jaunogre - Ikšķile The same from Lielvārde station


Salaspils station with a ChME3 and 2M62U










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Old July 15th, 2010, 01:19 AM   #3
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Would be great that Latvians stations would not only be functional but also attractive and modern
Usually not parking around, difficult to commute thanks to train.
Do you know if there is a program or renovation of the image of the train in Latvia?

Also, wasn't it a passenger line until Ventspils open lately or I am mixing with Liepaja?
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Old July 15th, 2010, 11:17 AM   #4
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I think that given the small towns they serve, the Latvian stations pictured above look very well maintained and nice! Hell, they look cleaner than most Western stations

What kind of average speeds do you have on the network?
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Old July 15th, 2010, 03:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for this thread!
Railway stations in countryside here are very very clean. I love also the odour in these stations (mix of odours of wood and old time varnish) - somehow reminds me a childhood and even movies from 1950ies.
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Old July 15th, 2010, 07:16 PM   #6
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@Micrav
Only Liepaja has passanger trains (check ldz.lv)

@v_florin
If I'm not mistaken it's around 80-100km/h (but due to the heat have the limit was reduced to 60km/h for domestic passanger trains and all freight trains, 80km/h to foreign passanger trains).

If I will have the time and money I will do some trips to the abbandoned stretches in Latvia like Ieriki-Gulbene, Ventspils-Liepaja and will try to find some remains of long lost narrow gauge routes like Ainazi-Smiltene, Talsi narrow gauge system, Jekabpils narrow gauge system and other (but I can't promise I will be able to do the trips).
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If I will have the time and money I will do some trips to the abbandoned stretches in Latvia like Ieriki-Gulbene, Ventspils-Liepaja and will try to find some remains of long lost narrow gauge routes like Ainazi-Smiltene, Talsi narrow gauge system, Jekabpils narrow gauge system and other (but I can't promise I will be able to do the trips).
I feel I'd like to join you, also I'd like to go inside abandoned station some of which are really big!
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Old July 16th, 2010, 01:40 PM   #8
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Nice thread!

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Network map
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(self made)
Some lines in service are missing. Worth to add Grīva - Eglaine, Glūda - Reņģe, Daugavpils loop, Jaunkalsnava - Veseta & Zasulauks - Bolderāja and then map will be complete.

About rolling stock- don't trust english wikipedia. M62 were produced 1964 - 1996. 2M62: 1976 - 1988, 2M62U: 1987 - 1997, 2TE10U: 1989 - 1996, TEM2: 1960 - 2000, ER2(T): 1962 - 2003 (ER2: 1962 - 1984, ER2T: 1987 - 2003) (in service, as far I remember, 25), DR1A: 1973 - 199x (10 DR1A & 9 DR1AM in service, if we exclude DR1AM-222, but I'm not sure). Also, AR2 now owns LDz, not PV. Meanwhile PV now have LDz's TGM3 and at least one TGM4A.

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What kind of average speeds do you have on the network?
Some years ago it was about 52 km/h for EMU's and 55 km/h for DMU's. Now I guess they moves faster, because some railroads are renovated or closed. Maximal speed is 120 km/h.

Offtopic: for those, who like to photograph random stations, this site could be attractive.
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About those stretches - I just couldn't find any info about them (OK I forgot about bolderāja )

About rolling stock - it wasn't english wikipedia it was russian ... in english wikipedia I found info only about M62, other locos are only in russian. But the count was from english wikipedia, but was the only source I could find

About ER2, well I wouldn't say that ER2T was produced 1987-2003, cuz in the 1990ties RVR didn't produce anything. ER2T production was more like restarted in 2003 with the new head-car design and if I remember correctly then the last ER2T produced in 1988 was even the last EMU in the soviet union.
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About rolling stock - it wasn't english wikipedia it was russian ... in english wikipedia I found info only about M62, other locos are only in russian.
Here is a lot of useful information about all (ex) Soviet locomotives. Includes also years when built.

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About ER2, well I wouldn't say that ER2T was produced 1987-2003, cuz in the 1990ties RVR didn't produce anything. ER2T production was more like restarted in 2003 with the new head-car design and if I remember correctly then the last ER2T produced in 1988 was even the last EMU in the soviet union.
I just wrote years when first and last was produced. There really was 7 years of silence between 1996 and 2003, when RVR built one (last) ER2T for Georgia: ER2T-7251. But regular manufacturing of ER2T ended only in 1996, not 1988.
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I just wrote years when first and last was produced. There really was 7 years of silence between 1996 and 2003, when RVR built one (last) ER2T for Georgia: ER2T-7251. But regular manufacturing of ER2T ended only in 1996, not 1988.
And you want to say that in the RVR produced something between 1990-1996 (except one TR1 and two TR2 trams)???
If so then please prove it with a link where is the info. Here is a link with info (ok, it's latvian wikipedia, but on the site you posted I couldn't find info about ER2) - http://lv.wikipedia.org/wiki/ER2#P.C4.93d.C4.93jie_gadi (Pēdējie gadi un Mūsdienas).

I would say that the ER2T-7251 (for Georgia) was the one who restarted RVR. And it was in 2003, not 1996. (here are links to some photos of the trains presentation at RVR http://www.parovoz.com/newgallery/in...=EN&NO_ICONS=0 and if you open one of the pics it says "Picture taken: 2003, published 23.II.2003")
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If so then please prove it with a link where is the info.
http://www.rus-etrain.ru/index.php?a...er=XR2T&page=5

http://trainpix.org.ua/vehicle/282/

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I would say that the ER2T-7251 (for Georgia) was the one who restarted RVR. And it was in 2003, not 1996. (here are links to some photos of the trains presentation at RVR http://www.parovoz.com/newgallery/in...=EN&NO_ICONS=0 and if you open one of the pics it says "Picture taken: 2003, published 23.II.2003")
DRB1 were produced before that.
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Thanks for the info

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Are there any international relations available with adjacent countries ?
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Are there any international relations available with adjacent countries ?
Probably with Russia mainly because at this stage we have regular international trains running only to St.Petersburg and Moscow. All other passenger lines are out-of-service (they don't go to South and West directions as they used to for all the time since there appeared railway here anymore). Though, as you might have heard, the Baltic states are trying to realise a very perspective railroad project "Rail Baltica", which is going to unite Helsinki with Berlin in a single railway, it will go through Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas, Warsaw. Here you can follow all the latest info concerning this vital for our countries rail route that should become the most convenient link with the rest of Europe.
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What is the current state of RVR? Are they completely dead?
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What is the current state of RVR? Are they completely dead?
Not really. At this stage they have a co-operation with Bombardier so that to win a tender for new trains supply for Latvia. As for them separately, nothing sensational yet, just repairing the old production..
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Public debate about new railway to Riga' airport has been announced.



Length- 2,3 km, includes overpass over Rīga - Ventspils road. Possibly electrificated. Connected with Rīga - Tukums railway somewhere between Imanta and Babite stops. Previse 72 passenger trains in each direction per day.
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Wow, I hope it get's built as fast as possible. So short scratch but it would be a first new line in independant Latvia!
Also I hope it get's electrified, diesel to airport would suck.
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Latvia will buy 34 EMU's and 7 DMU's from CAF!

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