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Old December 4th, 2014, 10:50 PM   #141
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Latvian capital Vilnius? Latvia...Lithuania...What's the difference?
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Old December 4th, 2014, 11:05 PM   #142
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This news article is clearly about Lithuania not Latvia

Edit: Tin_Can was faster
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Old December 5th, 2014, 04:17 PM   #143
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When will the world finally learn the difference between Latvia and Lithuania?


Happens all the time!

(Although I wouldn't mind that we would get their new trains by mistake )
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Old December 5th, 2014, 04:46 PM   #144
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When will the world finally learn the difference between Latvia and Lithuania?


Happens all the time!

(Although I wouldn't mind that we would get their new trains by mistake )
I alreay deleted article and moved to proper thread. In fact, article has been corrected by Rail Journal
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Old December 10th, 2014, 04:43 PM   #145
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Cēsis update from yesterday




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Old December 13th, 2014, 02:34 AM   #146
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The priority of Latvia gouvernment should be to build Baltica Rail with Lithuania and Estonia avoiding pass by Russian territory. It will make Latvia less dependent on Russia.

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Old December 13th, 2014, 12:14 PM   #147
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The priority of Latvia gouvernment should be to build Baltica Rail with Lithuania and Estonia avoiding pass by Russian territory. It will make Latvia less dependent on Russia.

you keep posting same posts everywhere. you should be imaginative if you want better salary for that.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 04:53 PM   #148
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Pasažieru vilciens wants to cancel the 21:39 Sigulda-Rīga


A picture of the service in question, taken by me last year

While trying to cut costs, PV has decided that the 21:39 Sigulda-Rīga service carries not enough passengers to continue. And while this is true, this is the latest service to Rīga that there is. If it gets canceled, the last train will leave Sigulda at 19:47 and the last bus at 20:51.

Sigulda has a popular concert hall and a cinema that people from Rīga tend to visit, but they can only do that by car because after the show there is no transport to the 50 km near capital. In the evenings there should be an hourly bus service.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 11:48 PM   #149
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you keep posting same posts everywhere. you should be imaginative if you want better salary for that.
Please, read more about:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_Baltica
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Old December 14th, 2014, 01:00 AM   #150
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you keep posting same posts everywhere. you should be imaginative if you want better salary for that.
I still don't get what's the point of all this troll action... In this case simply to start an argument and spread hatred between the forumers with different views on Russia?
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Old December 14th, 2014, 01:12 AM   #151
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I still don't get what's the point of all this troll action... In this case simply to start an argument and spread hatred between the forumers with different views on Russia?
Don't be silly man! Baltica Rail is a project to link all Baltic countries to Germany. Tell the truth!



The Trans-European railway Rail Baltica, linking Helsinki – Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warsaw and continuing on to Berlin, is to be developed within the territories of the co-operating EU Member States. Rail Baltica will support the wider EU goals of parity of access to services and infrastructure of EU Member States and development of sustainable modes of transportation, improved balance and interoperability between different means of transportation and the establishment of links with the rest of the EU rail network.

Economic integration of Baltic States and Poland with Western Europe leads to growing trade and traffic. Well furnished and sustainable transportation links therefore promote economic growth and integration. While cross-sea ferry traffic in the Baltic Sea Region is growing fast, coast-parallel transport on sea or rail stagnate in contrast to rapidly growing road transport. Passenger railway services from Tallinn to Central/Western Europe ceased. Via Baltica, road and rail, is a priority in the TEN networks, with only road improvements progressing to date. Railway investments concentrate on East-West corridors and neglect the wanted integration within the widened EU.

On 20th-21st September 2001 the project „Rail Baltica” idea was included in the list of the priority projects of spatial planning of the Wismar Declaration signed by the Ministers of the Baltic Sea States responsible for spatial planning development, that was analyzed and defined in the report „Spatial development action programme for Baltic Sea region” (VASAB 2010+).

On 1st October 2003 the project Rail Baltica was included in the list of the priority projects according to the proposal submitted to the European Council by the European Commission.

On April 2003 the Rail Baltica International co-ordination group agreed on attracting the resources of two EU funds for further development of Rail Baltica:
- Interreg IIIB – for the field of regional development;
- The Cohesion fund – for the research of infrastructure development, using also Interreg IIIB project results in the analysis of the revenues and expenses.

On 22nd March 2005 European Commission has launched a tender for whole Cohesion fund Rail Baltica project pre-feasibility study. The terms of reference of pre-feasibility study will describe the key steps and analyses underpinning a feasibility assessment of the Rail Baltica corridor.
On November 2005 the company COWI is chosen to carry out Rail Baltica pre-feasibility study. Planned that pre-feasibility study will be finished till December 2006.

On 2nd June 2005 Interreg IIIB project Rail Baltica application was approved by the Interreg IIIB Steering Committee. There are 22 partners participating in Interreg IIIB project Rail Baltica, including ministries, regional development institutions, railway companies and NGO from Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland. The total Interreg IIIB project Rail Baltica budget is 1.15 MEUR.
The Interreg IIIB project Rail Baltica has two main goals:
- the definition of the most favourable route for the Rail Baltica railway link in terms of spatial planning and regional development,
- the raising of the awareness of the relevant actors (national and regional administrations and decision makers, industry and the public) in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) on the benefits of attractive railway connections.
As the result of Interreg IIIB project Rail Baltica will be common approach for railway development the BSR and the definition of the most favourable alignment of the Rail Baltica line in terms of spatial planning and regional development.
Interreg IIIB project Rail Baltica is planned to finish at the end of 2007.

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Old December 14th, 2014, 05:03 AM   #152
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With all honesty, don't you think this is something every single member of this forum for whom the topic of railway transport in Baltics is interesting does know?
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Old December 14th, 2014, 03:15 PM   #153
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And construction is still slowly going on at Baltezers stop... How come it takes more than 6 months to reconstruct one 75 m long platform? Then again - it's a very unimportant stop.






The other platform will probably be reconstructed next year.
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Old December 14th, 2014, 03:55 PM   #154
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For your enjoyment: pictures of the Glūda-Reņģe railway
Taken by author Виктор of parovoz.com

The line was used by freight trains until Lithuania shamelessly dismantled their part Reņģe-Mažeiķi in around 2008-09. The last passenger train Rīga-Reņģe was canceled during the financial crisis in 2010. Now the 60 km long 100 kph line is used only as a place to keep spare freight cars.


A level crossing near the closed Penkule stop


Ālave river crossing


Bēne station


Bēne station
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Old December 14th, 2014, 03:56 PM   #155
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Reņģe station


Reņģe station




The border with Lithuania
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Old December 14th, 2014, 04:10 PM   #156
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It had no future as passenger line as it passes through no significant (>5,000 inhabitants) population centres, but could have been useful as a freight line to Lithuania...
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Old December 14th, 2014, 05:15 PM   #157
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It was really good fright line to Mažeiķi, but Lithuanians wanted more fright trough their ports, so they just tore the line on their side down... They said it was for repairs, but till now they haven't done anything to rebuild the line.
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Old January 10th, 2015, 05:54 PM   #158
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I read on ATD homepage that starting 1st of February there will be drastic changes in train services, called "the experiment", in order to cut costs and, in time, improve services elsewhere.

From Mondays to Thursdays:
all Valga direction trains will run only as far as Valmiera with the rest (47 km) being by bus;
all Zilupe direction trains will run only as far as Rēzekne with the rest (55 km) being by bus;
Madona train will run only as far as Pļaviņas with the rest (45 km) being by bus.

The last Sigulda-Rīga train will be replaced with a bus service because the train will be left in Sigulda for the night and run an morning express service Sigulda-Rīga.

On weekdays the first Rīga-Saulkrasti, Rīga-Lielvārde, Rīga-Jelgava and the last Saulkrasti-Rīga, Lielvārde-Rīga, Jelgava-Rīga trains will be canceled.

The weekends-only Rīga-Daugavpils-Rīga train will run also on Fridays.

Source: http://www.atd.lv/tools/download.php...i_22122014.pdf

So this is how our domestic passenger rail situation will look like
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Old January 10th, 2015, 06:25 PM   #159
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And there goes the neighborhood...

we can only hope that after "the experiment" the services will be restored and not canceled for ever because fewer people use the lines because buses....
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Old January 10th, 2015, 07:45 PM   #160
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Soo...Tartu-Riga train connection is practically lost as well.

What the heck, Latvia?
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