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Old January 30th, 2015, 02:48 PM   #181
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VPVB has completed the environmental impact assessment procedure for Latvian Railway electrification scheme and has concluded that of the alternatives 1, 2 and 2A only the realization of 2A can be allowed as there wasn't sufficient information about the impact of alternatives 1 and 2.

Alternative 2A is the electrification at 2x25kV instead of 1x25kV and requires the lowest amount of new substations (10 instead of 11 or 17 of the other alternatives).

The EIA didn't include the electrification of lines border w/ Russia-Zilupe-Rēzekne, Rēzekne-Daugavpils,Daugavpils-Indra-border w/ Belarus because LDz has decided that these parts won't be electrified (for now, at least).

The current start and end dates for the project are 2016 and 2022
That's really impressive. How many kilometres is it and how much will it cost?
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Old January 30th, 2015, 03:03 PM   #182
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That's really impressive. How many kilometres is it and how much will it cost?
It will be 1100 km including the reconstruction of existing electrification. If number of tracks is taken into account, then the total length of electrification will be 1500 km of which 530 km will be existing electrification reconstructed and converted to AC.

The cost is still unclear, but it should be around 550 million € with 85% covered by EU.

The Lithuanians want to do something similar - to electrify Minsk-Vilnius-Šauliai-Klaipēda. But theirs will be simpler and cheaper because they already have AC electrification.
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Old February 3rd, 2015, 11:04 PM   #183
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The more smarter people still can't understand the populistic minister of Traffic who even today still promises new electric trains in 2016 and that this will be achieved without any taxpayers money. It's simply impossible.

1) Pasažieru vilciens doesn't have money for new trains and the ministry (as the minister has made clear) won't give any.
2) Pasažieru vilciens doesn't know even what kind of trains they need to buy - AC or DC - because the electrification plan is still in the making and theoretically can still be stopped. In any case it wouldn't be wise to buy DC trains for 2016 if in 2017(?) we will start switching to AC.
3) It's almost impossible to get passengers on new trains in 2016. If they would have the money, which they don't, they would have to announce the tender. Then they would have to listen to a couple of protests from trainmakers. Then they would award one with the contract for delivery. But then they will have to listen to a couple more protests from other trainmakers. And only then, when the contract eventually gets signed, it's 12-18 months until first delivery. And then it's certification and test runs before the train actually carries passengers.

To make the post less dry I will add a picture of one of the old DMUs ondergoing modernization in RVR factory

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Old February 4th, 2015, 12:29 AM   #184
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For comparison's sake, it took 4 years after the tender was announced, when the first new EMU started service in Estonia....

18 June 2009 - the tender was announced
1 July 2013 - the first EMU entered service

Anything below 2 years from start to finish is hard to imagine (for a public company).
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Old February 4th, 2015, 01:33 PM   #185
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Today Skrīveri-Krustpils double track project was completed!



The largest railway construction project since independence has finally been completed and opened! In this project ~55 kilometers of railway were doubled to relieve a bottleneck and increase maximum throughput from 25 million tons of freight to around 50. 7 stations and stops were reconstructed with new platforms. Maximum speeds were raised to 90 for freight and 120 kph for passenger trains. Now Rīga-Krustpils is fully double track

Video about the project:
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Old February 12th, 2015, 04:38 PM   #186
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The new ČME3ME locomotives!

Rebuilt from old ČME3 locomotives. Same as ČME3M but less powerful.





And all that's left from 2M62U locomotive. Now the new locomotive will be built around it.



Picture author: ER2-130709(01)


In the news:

From 2nd of February Rīga - Minsk international train runs only every other day instead of daily.

From end of May the service Vilnius - St. Petersburg will be canceled and with that also service between Daugavpils and Vilnius.

It's not yet know what will happen to Rīga - St. Petersburg daily international train.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 03:25 PM   #187
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Bolderāja station expansion

Author: Алексеев Н.


Bolderāja II station construction



Author: Виктор
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Old February 18th, 2015, 09:35 PM   #188
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Ministry of Traffic has yet again decided to bring up the question of small station closure...

While I don't know much about the exact stops, Milzkalne (30 passengers/day) and Smārde (140 passengers/day) are in the list. Locals are unhappy. 140 people is quite a lot in Latvia

http://www.ntz.lv/novados/engures/sa...cela-stacijas/



Meanwhile, Pasažieru vilciens is giving out free Milka chocolates to passengers.
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Old February 18th, 2015, 10:25 PM   #189
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Why Milka? Because nobody would consider a Laima chocolate as a present?


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Old February 18th, 2015, 10:33 PM   #190
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Same here in Estonia It looks like a big advertising campaign in Baltic states...


Though I'm not a big fan of Laima chocolate (or any of their products for that matter) - it seems that they put big money into PR but not into actual products...
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Old February 19th, 2015, 01:06 AM   #191
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Some of their products have become inedible…
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Old February 19th, 2015, 04:56 PM   #192
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Yes! I don't buy Laima zephyrs anymore. There are better ones that are also made locally. But their PR is so weak that I can't even remember their brand name


So to not make anyone mad with our candy talk - a picture of the new Bolderāja II - Krievu sala railway, U/C


Photo by Виктор from parovoz.com
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Old February 20th, 2015, 09:08 PM   #193
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A question:

Will a nuclear waste storage facility just 500 m from the Rail Baltica railway be a problem? More specifically - the impact on the waste containers from vibration caused by the trains


radioaktīvo atkritumu glabātuve = nuclear waste storage
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Old February 24th, 2015, 11:40 AM   #194
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BriedisUnIzlietne, where did you get Rail Baltica planning map of such a detail? Do you have more of them?
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Old February 24th, 2015, 11:49 AM   #195
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Here you go
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Public hearing over the environmental impact assessment of the Latvian portion is underway, till March 15.
http://www.sam.gov.lv/?cat=8&art_id=4809 -> http://railbaltica.info/informacija/...i-novertejums/
Maps at the bottom of the latter.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 03:46 PM   #196
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A question:

Will a nuclear waste storage facility just 500 m from the Rail Baltica railway be a problem? More specifically - the impact on the waste containers from vibration caused by the trains


radioaktīvo atkritumu glabātuve = nuclear waste storage
Probably not, anyway they can reduce vibrations by altering the trackbed.

The tramline through the campus at my university has a special trackbed to reduce vibrations which can alter the ultra-sensitive appertii at the faculty of aplied science and nanobiology (so they can reduce vibrations to a very low minimum if needed). Also radioactive material isn't "moved" by vibrations. It would be the same if they stored Oil-drums, I don't see major troubles.
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Probably not, anyway they can reduce vibrations by altering the trackbed.

The tramline through the campus at my university has a special trackbed to reduce vibrations which can alter the ultra-sensitive appertii at the faculty of aplied science and nanobiology (so they can reduce vibrations to a very low minimum if needed).
Wow, it's great that they've planned it so thoroughly! When they recently reconstructed a tram line in Rīga, they even couldn't get the measurements right - the trams couldn't get past a catenary pole at the end loop because it was built too close to the tracks

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Also radioactive material isn't "moved" by vibrations. It would be the same if they stored Oil-drums, I don't see major troubles.
The material wouldn't be moved, but concrete, that is probably the walls of the storage to block radiation, can crack under vibrations.
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Then you would need a bloody heavy train if you want to create that magnitude of vibrations which can crack radio-active-proof walls.

If they would crack that easily I would be worried anyways!
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Well, okay - I forgot that Rail Baltica probably won't even have the 5500 ton trains that we are used to

I just hope that they've kept the condition of those walls good. Unlike in the nearby Salaspils reactor where they have a radioactive water leak and no money to fix it
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The NIMBYs of Mārupe have emerged

The inhabitants of Mārupe who are quite wealthy have started to fight the Rail Baltica project. They have influenced media into posting articles full of lies and only their point of view, spreading hatred onto the masses

The part of Mārupe where the railway will go through is very new - only a couple of houses have been built so far. It used to be a swamp some 15 years ago, it is very close to the International airport Rīga and Rīga ring road A5. But somehow they think that living in the village is nice and a railway will ruin it.

They are spreading lies:

That there will be over 70 daily freight trains. Which is totally false - only a couple of freight trains to deliver fuel and freight to the airport.

That the trains will be traveling at 200 kph and making noise by breaking. Again - false. They won't be that fast so near the station and breaking won't create noise.

That the local council will stop resurfacing roads and that the local kids will be killed I won't even try to explain why it'a load of bulls*it

And basically they have proposed an alternative route (red) instead of the currently planned one (blue)




Meanwhile at the other end of the country: Residents of Salacgrīva want to move the new railway line closer to their town and have a station
https://www.facebook.com/stacijasalacgriva

And I wouln't be against it - every year Salacgrīva has a large festival - Positivus - which has more people than the entire population of Parnu (where the new railway will have a station). Getting people to Positivus has proven to be a problem since the road is only single carriageway and widening is not reasonable for the most part. Massive traffic jams occur.


In other news - Rail Baltica I (old line upgrade) has made a Valga-Rīga express service possible. Journey times are to be reduced by 40(!) minutes, starting late March.
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