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Old October 31st, 2014, 10:00 AM   #121
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Old October 31st, 2014, 12:35 PM   #122
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they dont look very confortable
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Old October 31st, 2014, 01:42 PM   #123
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they dont look very confortable
Most of trains look from inside like this:



or this:


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Old October 31st, 2014, 03:08 PM   #124
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better than i thought and looked on the video
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Old October 31st, 2014, 04:45 PM   #125
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Until around 2012 there was hope for new diesel trains so nothing was improved on the old ones. Since that plan sadly went bust they are now refurbishing the current diesel trains with adding first class, comfortable seats and Wi-Fi. Some will get air conditioning and new passenger information systems as well as a technical upgrade.

As for electric trains - many still have seats like in the video and will have them until they will be replaced by new trains.
The pocket guide for electric train interiors:

1) trains refurbished after 2003


2) only train ER2m-605


3) trains refurbished after 2007


4) variation of the above
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Old October 31st, 2014, 07:16 PM   #126
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thanks for the information
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Old November 4th, 2014, 11:27 PM   #127
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For some reason recently there's an increased amount of prank calls claiming that the central station is under bombing threat. And every time the station gets closed for about an hour while the police check the station for bombs. And their getting more frequent - after the August call it was 40 days until the next one, then 15 days, then 29 days, then 17 days, then just 7 days and now only 4 days passed since the last call which was on Friday. It's very uncomfortable for passengers who have to get to Zemitāni, Jāņavārti or Torņakalns stations which become the temporary terminus for the time.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 09:36 AM   #128
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i hope stupid prankers will get caught.
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Old November 6th, 2014, 08:05 PM   #129
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The police says that they've arrested a 1995 born girl that supposedly made the calls. A press release will soon follow.

Rail Baltica update:

Municipalities are beginning some sort of anti-RailBaltica campaign: the media is full of news articles such as "Rail Baltica threatens to destroy Pierīga - villages must be teared down, graveyards must be dug up" and "Expert: Rail Baltica will lower the value of surrounding properties"
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Old November 6th, 2014, 09:53 PM   #130
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And for pleasure: some recent photos off the Internet of our narrow gauge railways

Lielsalas narrow gauge industrial railway


Steam locomotive Ferdinands leading a Alūksne-Gulbene passenger train


Same locomotive with Gulbene-Alūksne passenger train


2014 International Feldbahnmeeting in Ventspils. Note the gray locomotive - it's built in 2014! But it was here for only a few days.

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Old November 8th, 2014, 12:20 PM   #131
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A caricature by Gatis Buravcovs in reply to Mārupe and Babīte county wish that it would be best not to build the new Rail Baltica railway to Rīga through their territories and instead to build the only Rail Baltica station "Rīga" in a field near Salaspils! Which is 23 km from Rīga city center! In comparison - the airport is 11 km from the city center.

High speed train Helsinki-Berlin driver:"I'm not sure that we had to put Rīga on the route..."
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Old November 8th, 2014, 03:14 PM   #132
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High speed train Helsinki-Berlin driver:"I'm not sure that we had to put Rīga on the route..."
Tallin-Berlin, if to be exact
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Since there are dreams of a Tallinn-Helsinki railway tunnel, it says Helsinki-Berlin on the train in the caricature
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Old November 8th, 2014, 11:26 PM   #134
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14 ČME3 modernization complete


The modernization of 14 ČME3 shunting locomotives to ČME3M by "LDZ ritošā sastāva serviss" has been completed with the last locomotive ČME3M-6138 soon to be working in Daugavpils. The modernization project lasted from 2011 to 2014.

In addition to these 14 locomotives, LDZ RSS workshops also made two boosters ČME3MB.

Now LDZ RSS workshops will continue work with an order for 3 ČME3ME locomotives - a less powerful variant of the ČME3M (1000 kW instead of 1500 kW).

Source: ldz.lv
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Old November 12th, 2014, 04:33 PM   #135
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First 2 made in Daugavpils freight cars!




Today RVU Baltija, which is 25% owned by LDz RSS, presented the first two locally built freight cars. Now the cars will be tested at the Baltic Testing center for at least 6 months after which they will be certified for mass production. These freight cars were bult in the LDz RSS Daugavpils workshops using parts made in Ukraine and Russia, but in the future they will be built in a seperate factory in an abandoned concrete sleeper factory nearby and importing from abroad only the raw metal.

Currently RVU Baltija is working also on tank car and platform documentation.

Information from db.lv

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Meanwhile the new Baltic Railway Holding (UVZ Baltija) freight car factory in Jelgava is still U/C.
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LDz orders 14 rebuilt locomotives



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LDz has selected CZ Loko to remanufacture 14 Type 2M62U twin-section diesel locomotives used by its freight subsidiary LDz Cargo.

LDz currently has a fleet of 30 Lugansk-built 2M62Us, dating from 1987, along with 40 of the older 2M62s and 33 single-section M62s. Two of the 2M62Us were repowered with Caterpillar engines by MÁV Szolnoki Járműjavitó in 2008, under a programme announced in 2005 that had been expected to cover the entire class.

The 14 locomotives remanufactured by CZ Loko will retain only the bogies and underframes from the donor units, which will be extensively reconditioned and mated with new engines, traction equipment and bodyshells developed by the Czech builder.
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Old November 14th, 2014, 10:19 PM   #137
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Interesting. This raises several questions though.

First - what's the point of retaining original M62 underframe if rest of the locomotive is built from scratch?
Second - as the renewal covers only fraction of LDz fleet of main line locomotives are there plans to further upgrade existing old locomotives or will there be new electric locomotives bought once railway electrification projects are completed?
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Interesting. This raises several questions though.

First - what's the point of retaining original M62 underframe if rest of the locomotive is built from scratch?
Second - as the renewal covers only fraction of LDz fleet of main line locomotives are there plans to further upgrade existing old locomotives or will there be new electric locomotives bought once railway electrification projects are completed?
Most likely, new, electrical ones will be there. Firstly under-frames need high grade materials to withstand the the high loads, secondly those materials are hard to process, both of these reasons makes it little bit cheaper to use old ones. But the main reason is certifying and testing, if they are using old under-frames it counts that they are refurbishing the locomotives, that means they are already certified in all EX-soviet countries for use and they have many times shorter testing required, than new built locos.

Btw they did the same with the old ČME3 locos ( http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=134 ) and it seems, that RVR is doing the same with our DR-1A DMUS, which will be equipped with air conditioners and low floor.

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Old November 18th, 2014, 02:25 PM   #139
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Electrification project update

Minister of Transport has decided that the electrification project won't be slowed down or postponed but will be spilt up into more phases, electrifying the most important corridors first. This means that Aizkraukle - Krustpils will be the first to be electrified. It would be followed by Krustpils - Daugavpils - border with Belarus electrification. And only then Ventspils and Rēzekne directions would be electrified. For some reason the minister highlights that Liepāja direction won't be electrified, but that was known already 4 years ago.
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