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Old June 16th, 2014, 05:56 PM   #61
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Latvian Railway has signed a 42 million euro contract with Bombardier for Rīga's Šķirotava station signaling centralization.



The current signaling is physically and technically outdated and dates back to 1963. The new signaling for "A", "B", "J" and "C" yards will be completed by 31st of December, 2015.

Together with the modernization of the hump yard, the station's capacity will increase by 30-40%. This will allow to handle the 10 000 freight cars per day projected by 2030. Currently the station handles more than 6 000 cars per day.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 10:53 AM   #62
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Pictures of Skrīveri - Krustpils doubling
By user Viktor of parovoz.com


The recently completed P80/E22 Koknese bypass crosses the railway by means of a viaduct


The longest new bridge on the railway - bridge over Aiviekste. Trains currently use only the new bridge on the right while the old one on the left is being renewed. As railway bridges are strategic objects, all are secured and feature a guards hut, lighting and CCTV cameras


Krustpils - Jelgava line crosses over the Krustpils - Skrīveri - Rīga line
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Old June 19th, 2014, 12:12 PM   #63
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What are those ridiculous metal structures on top of the bridge over Aiviekste?

It's a bit silly even to call something like this a bridge. It's just a ca 50 m long overpass...
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Old June 19th, 2014, 02:13 PM   #64
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I believe that in English that's called a truss.
Actually the whole bridge is 120 meters long. Only the middle span (which really is about 50 m) has the truss structure.

Wikipedia says that truss bridges are economical to construct. So it was probably just cheaper to build the bridge supports only at the shallow shores of the river and then to put a truss between them. Instead of building three supports in the river to build a regular, minimalistic beam bridge.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 02:47 PM   #65
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Ok, I understand. Still looks a bit silly, particularly from that angle. For this kind of a length a single span would be possible supported only at both ends without any need to build pillars in the river. Could be more expensive, can't really judge.
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 12:22 PM   #66
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Krustpils station passenger infrastructure upgrade progress

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Old July 1st, 2014, 06:06 PM   #67
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Stadler has won the new EMU contract.

Hyundai Rotem's offer was turned down. Pasažieru vilciens will lease 25 - 45 new Stadler EMUs for 15 years and then buy them (for some reason they won't buy the trains in the first place). The trains will have up to 270 seats. Our current EMUs have 326 and 520 seats. So I guess the new sets will often run in pairs.

Set your watches! The first new trains should finally be here in 18 months time! Around January 2016. Which means that the planned 16 station reconstruction will already be completed when the first trains hit the tracks.


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Old July 1st, 2014, 07:29 PM   #68
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Any news about new DMU-s? and will the EMUs be FLIRT 3-s?
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1)We don't have the money for new DMUs. So instead 6 old ones will be renewed. The first ones should be done by the end of this year.

It would be mixed feelings if we had FLIRT DMUs. The 0,85 m/s^2 acceleration would be brilliant compared to the 0,35 of the DR1A. But we could do just fine with low floor in only one section of the train - we don't need all of it to be low floor. So I would prefer new DR7Bs with one low floor car and a Flirt booster that the Russians will soon start to use.

2)I don't know.

And I don't know about the number of cars. 270 seems to be the number of seats in a 4-car Flirt with 2+3 seats.

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I'm quite familiar with Stadler Flirts (not sure if exactly the same model) as I commute with them to work from time to time. Ours are 2+2, but considering the larger gauge in Latvia 2+3 will probably be equally spacious. Here in Basel area it is a standard practice to couple two 4-car Flirts during times of high demand and use only one during low demand periods.

Are they going to completely replace all current stock on all electrified lines? Hopefully it will allow to speed up services at least to what it was 25 years ago.
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Are they going to completely replace all current stock on all electrified lines? Hopefully it will allow to speed up services at least to what it was 25 years ago.
They have no choice, current tolling stock is strictly DC trains, based on rheostatic control, so retrofitting them for AC would mean total replacement of all electrics, which isn't feasible, I suppose.
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Old July 11th, 2014, 09:51 AM   #72
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Overhauled shunting locomotive for Rēzekne


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Old July 13th, 2014, 09:20 PM   #73
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Latvian Railways have signed a 24,4 mio euro contract for Liepāja station reconstruction


The Jelgava - Liepāja railway is the only substandard main railway left in the country, allowing only 40 car long only 3500 ton heavy trains. After the reconstruction (to be completed in 2015), Liepāja station will be able to handle the standard 57 car long trains as the tracks will be lengthened by a total of 2700 meters (to about 850 m on each track). The old hand-operated switches will be replaced by computerized ones, and the signaling will be centralized. The whole station could be operated by a dispatcher in Rīga.

If everything has gone to plan, this year the strengthening of the 1927-built bridge over Venta on the same railway has or will be completed. This will remove the lowest weight limit on the line and will increase the amount of freight that can be transported to Liepāja port.
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Old July 13th, 2014, 11:02 PM   #74
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Latvian Railways have signed a 24,4 mio euro contract for Liepāja station reconstruction


The Jelgava - Liepāja railway is the only substandard main railway left in the country, allowing only 40 car long only 3500 ton heavy trains. After the reconstruction (to be completed in 2015), Liepāja station will be able to handle the standard 57 car long trains
Um. What is the current trip time Riga-Liepaja, and how many passenger trains make the trip daily?
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Ahahaha how many daily trips

Although Liepāja is Latvia's third largest city, there are only two passenger trains per week:

Train 705 Rīga - Liepāja runs only on Fridays and Sundays and the ticket for the 222 km journey costs 7,20 €. The train leaves Rīga at 18:25 and arrives in Liepāja 3 hours and 15 minutes later - at 21:40. Then it's 8 minutes and 0,57 € by tram from the Liepāja bus/train station to the city center.

Train 706 Liepāja - Rīga runs only on Mondays and Saturdays. It leaves Liepāja at 06:05 and arrives in Rīga at 9:16.


The fastest Rīga - Liepāja bus trip also takes 3 hours and 15 minutes, but the tickets cost 8,55 €.

Recent history: Daily Rīga-Liepāja train service was suspended in 2001. Then in 2005 it was reinstated as a daily express service. During economic crisis the service was cut to weekends-only and currently the remaining service is under a big question mark due to low demand (why would anyone use a twice-per-week train if there are 12 daily buses?).

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Addition the the previous post:

While long distance trains make only few trips, the suburban EMUs run quite often - usually about half hourly or hourly. On warm, sunny days there are extra trains to the seaside - on Thursday there will be a train from Rīga to Dubulti roughly every 15 minutes!
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Rrcent data shows that the overall freight vokume has dropped, which is a bad thing. We have more freight from Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, but a significant drop from Belarus.


Finally there's been an increase in passenger amounts - both on domestic and international trains.


And our level crossings are getting increasingly safer. Sadly the overall trend in increase of rail safety has stopped and done the opposite - incident numbers have grown by 1.
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Latvian Railways (LDz) have signed a 1,48 mio € contract with AŽD "Sudo Praha" for the preparation of Latvian railway network electrification sketch project

Half of the 1,48 mio € is from TEN-T fund. In 6 months time LDz will receive a much more detailed information about the electrification project. A technical documentation package will also be made that will allow to apply for the EU funding of the electrification project.


Latvian Railways (LDz) have signed a 12,7 mio € contract with „RBSSKALS Būvsabiedrība un Leonhard Weiss RTE” for the modernizing of 16 passenger stations on Jūrmala and Jelgava lines


The project is fully financed from the Cohesion fund and will be completed by 30th September of 2015. All stations will have 550mm platforms, LED lighting, increased passenger safety. The buildings will receive a facade renovation. Where possible, the platforms will have shelters built.The stations are:
Asari, Babīte, Bulduri, Cukurfabrika, Dubulti, Dzintari, Imanta, Jelgava, Lielupe, Majori, Melluži, Olaine, Pumpuri, Sloka, Vaivari un Zolitūde


RVR will have a brand new homepage

Currently it's under construction: http://rvr.lv/?lang=en
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Latvian Railways (LDz) have signed a 12,7 mio € contract with „RBSSKALS Būvsabiedrība un Leonhard Weiss RTE” for the modernizing of 16 passenger stations on Jūrmala and Jelgava lines


The project is fully financed from the Cohesion fund and will be completed by 30th September of 2015. All stations will have 550mm platforms, LED lighting, increased passenger safety. The buildings will receive a facade renovation. Where possible, the platforms will have shelters built.The stations are:
Asari, Babīte, Bulduri, Cukurfabrika, Dubulti, Dzintari, Imanta, Jelgava, Lielupe, Majori, Melluži, Olaine, Pumpuri, Sloka, Vaivari un Zolitūde
Nice. If you didn't know that before then Leonhard Weiss RTE is Estonian based subsidiary of German Leonhard Weiss Group and they were behind reconstruction of most new stations platforms and almost all newly built/rebuilt railways in Estonia. Expect good build quality.

I'm not a big fan of RBSSKALS though,sorry. They too built station platforms here (mostly in rural areas) and pedestrian tunnel in Lilleküla station,Tallinn. Latter has,if we put it politely,awful build quality and I was actually surprised that company didn't receive fines from EVR for failing to fulfil construction quality standards. Maybe they have better reputation in Latvia?
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Well... Most Latvians think that our construction company build quality is awful. And the thing is that the companies actually hire sub-contractors to do the actual work. RBSSKALS have built the Gaismas pils and the American embasy - both are objects demanding highest standards. So I think it's more of a problem with paperwork - if you do not make it very clear about what quality you need, you'll end up with bad stuff.
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