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Old August 24th, 2014, 11:19 PM   #101
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I'd like to see new and faster trains…

Is there any freight on Jurmala line?
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Old August 24th, 2014, 11:35 PM   #102
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Vaivari
A traditional station with wooden buildings from 1928 and a name that literally translates to "Can you?". It will also get an upgrade next year.

Aww,it's so cute!

Btw,we have twin station called Vaivara in Eastern Estonia. Not as cute though - afaik,Vaivara station building is 50's Soviet type project.
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Old August 25th, 2014, 11:49 AM   #103
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Is there any freight on Jurmala line?
There is some but not much.

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Aww,it's so cute!

Btw,we have twin station called Vaivara in Eastern Estonia. Not as cute though - afaik,Vaivara station building is 50's Soviet type project.
We have a station named "Skaista" which translates as "Beautiful" But it's also a Soviet white brick building.
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Old August 30th, 2014, 02:02 PM   #104
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Latvian train ticket prices are the 9th cheapest in the world
so claim goeuro.com

But, as always, it's a bit wrong. They claim that the ticket price per 100 km is 4,17 $ or 3,05 while the actual ticket price per 100 km is 3,70 . If the rest of their survey isn't wrong then we go one place down to become the 10th cheapest while Serbia takes the 9th place.

Why is it that no foreigner ever knows anything correct about Latvia?
The same survey claims that also that air travel is not available in Latvia although we have the largest airport in the Baltics and the largest airlines in the Baltics.

Bonus picture of a ČME3M hiding in the forest by user Алексеев Н. of parovoz.com

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Old August 30th, 2014, 02:42 PM   #105
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They probably meant internal air traffic
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Old September 3rd, 2014, 05:35 PM   #106
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Some pictures off the Internet of recent changes:
Aizkraukle station
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After:


Before:


After:


Muldakmens stop
Before:


After:
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Old September 3rd, 2014, 05:44 PM   #107
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What the **** is that? I can't take this look seriously, was that really a stop?
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Old September 3rd, 2014, 05:55 PM   #108
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What the **** is that? I can't take this look seriously, was that really a stop?
Up until recently it didn't even have a proper name. Just "kilometer 845". (And that's kilometer 845 counting from Moscow, BTW)
And there are some even worse stops.
For example, Spīgana:


or Elste (that got closed around 2013). I especially like the white-on-white lettering


or Melturi. But now it at least has a shelter



But these stops have much less trains per day than on the Krustpils line
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Old September 3rd, 2014, 06:46 PM   #109
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My eyes hurt. Would be a great zombie-apocalypse-type film location set though.
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Old September 3rd, 2014, 09:54 PM   #110
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A few days ago I thought about buying an old Ikarus (strangely I couldn't find any on ss.lv) and providing "Jūrmala Apocalypse tours" around Ķemeri
I could add Skrunda secret military town and some of these stations

BTW This - Milzkalne - is the nearest station for Jūrmala International airport
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Old September 11th, 2014, 09:11 PM   #111
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Exercises Premium Vitae 2014 today in Daugavpils, imitating a train crash with 50+ injured and a chemical leak







Pictures by NMPD

The worst train crash we've had was in Rīga in February 1976 when in a head-on collision 46 got killed and 61 injured. But the most recent bad crash was, again, in Rīga in February 2005 when in a head-on collision 4 were killed and 29 injured.
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Old September 25th, 2014, 06:38 PM   #112
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Two new expresses

From 1st of October PV introduces additional express service in Ogre direction meant especially for commuters! There will be a morning express Ogre-Rīga and an evening express Rīga-Ogre-Lielvārde. The ticket will cost the same as on a regular commuter train. The trains will stop also in Jāņavārti, ķirotava, Salaspils, Ikķile (and Ķegums in the direction from Rīga).

The morning train Ogre-Rīga journey will take 38 minutes instead of 44 minutes of the regular commuter trains. But the ticket will cost the same (~1.10 with monthly tickets, 1.70 with single ticket). An interesting bit is that due to lack of available rolling stock in the mornings this will be a diesel train running on an electrified line. It means that the journey is slower than it might be. But it's still a good journey time and at least the seats are very comfortable unlike in the commuter electric trains.

The evening train Rīga-Ogre-Lielvārde in the Rīga-Ogre part will take 33 minutes instead of 44. This will be an electric train.

Currently there are also commuter expresses (of sorts):
6510 Tukums 2 - Rīga
6517 Rīga - Tukums 1
6714 Jelgava - Rīga
6211 Ogre - Rīga

A commuter express Sigulda-Rīga was tried out, but that wasn't feasible.
There were also plans of a commuter express Dobele-Jelgava-Rīga and back. I don't know if it will be implemented.
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Old October 7th, 2014, 05:32 PM   #113
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More suburban services?

One European Commission "Europe in my region" photo contest winners - Ieva Vīksne's picture

Pasažieru vilciens wants to make commuter trains more attractive by adding more services and introducing constant 15-20 minute intervals as well as introducing ticket price zones. The additional services would be achievable by reconfiguring 6-car electric trains into 4-car ones and reducing costs by replacing ticket offices with electronic ticket systems.

In the meantime they are also still trying to look for solutions on how to get new trains. Maybe the new government will finally decide to give them tax-payers money for it? We'll know in December.

These couple of months with Andris Lubāns - an LDz specialist - as the head of Pasažieru vilciens have been completely wonderful after the incompetent politicians which were fired. Sadly, after the elections which took place on Saturday we fear that the new government might once again put politicians in charge of Pasažieru vilciens...


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In other news:
"UVZ Baltija" railcar factory has changed it's name to "Baltic Railway Holding"

"LDz has started painting their mainline locomotives in a new, brighter livery"

Picture by Евгений М. of parovoz.com
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Old October 8th, 2014, 05:05 PM   #114
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I was looking at this video and wondered: was this line electrified in the past?
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Old October 8th, 2014, 09:21 PM   #115
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Yes, In the 90ies. But it was never finished, so there were no electric trains, so it was dismantled. The last part was dismantled only last year...
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Old October 13th, 2014, 04:59 PM   #116
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Some bad news:
Mārupe council has denied both proposed Rail Baltica II rail line alternatives!
The local council along with most of the inhabitants are NIMBYs that don't want a new railway that would create noise and bring no benefits (the line goes to Rīga, there is no station in Mārupe).

Judging by the description, the proposed routes were something like this:
http://balticmaps.eu/?lang=lv&draw_h...layer=map&ls=o

Source in Latvian: http://www.aprinkis.lv/sabiedriba/pa...ada-teritorija
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Old October 14th, 2014, 08:08 PM   #117
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On 28th of October in Rīga the Rail Baltica high speed rail joint venture company will be established!

It will be owned in equal parts by the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian state and is necessary for the high speed rail project.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 09:32 PM   #118
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A map of current route proposals for Rail Baltica 1435mm HSR.
It will connect to the port on right and left bank of Daugava, the airport, city center and a future multi modal freight terminal near Salaspils.

Black/gray = current 1520mm line
Red = new 1435mm line
Blue = new 1520mm line
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Old October 29th, 2014, 04:13 PM   #119
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Deal reached on Rail Baltica joint venture
Wednesday, October 29, 2014



AFTER years of political wrangling, plans to build a standard-gauge high-speed line linking the Baltic States with Poland reached an important milestone on October 28 when the governments of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania signed an agreement to create a joint venture company, RB Rail, to implement the project

The signing ceremony was held in the Latvian capital Riga and was attended by the transport ministers of the three states.

The three countries will each hold a 33.3% share in the new company and each state has agreed to provide RB Rail with 650,000 in start-up capital.

Construction is already underway on the first phase of Rail Baltica 1 from the Polish-Lithuanian border to a new intermodal terminal at Kaunas, which is due to be completed in 2015. The next phase of the project will extend 1435mm-gauge tracks east to the marshalling yard at Palemonas

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Old October 29th, 2014, 06:21 PM   #120
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Good news!
Unified train+bus tickets for Rīga-Aizkraukle! As well as better interoperability!

Now a single ticket will cost 20 cents less. I'm not sure if until now the bus had monthly tickets. If it didn't, then in a month you will be able to save 21 euros by buying this new ticket.

The buses will be rescheduled to arrive 10-15 minutes before a train departure and to leave 5-10 minutes after a train arrival. Currently there are cases when the bus leaves at the same minute as the train arrives which is crazy.


This is yet another good deed of the new PV board. I hope they won't be replaced again with some politicians...


You can't have good news without bad news

The ministry of transport and the port council have begun to worry about the 450 million euro electrification project. Recent geopolitical situation (Russia) has lead to less cargo than expected. And in any case Russia is beginning to send it's cargo through it's new ports new St. Petersburg to avoid the Baltic countries at all. So they are asking will the electrification project be feasible. The LDz representative concluded that we should pay close attention to the situation and maybe in the beginning should start with passenger route electrification.
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