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Old January 10th, 2015, 07:55 PM   #161
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Old January 10th, 2015, 08:16 PM   #162
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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.
One would think they would extend bus service if they cut rail service. At least do a trail run for a few months to see if its worth it.
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Old January 10th, 2015, 08:24 PM   #163
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One would think they would extend bus service if they cut rail service. At least do a trail run for a few months to see if its worth it.
Yes, that's exactly what they will be doing, as I found out more recently (see the first post I posted today). From 1st of February till the 30th of May the train will be replaced by a bus. But the train that used to run the service will stay the night at the station and will operate an additional morning service - an express for the commuters.

For the people of Sigulda a bus is not an inconvenience because the railway and bus station is combined into the same building. But I'm not sure if and how the bus will serve the other train stops. That train service calls at 3 stations which require a major detour by road (one of those detours isn't paved) and 2 stations which have no road access at all - it's more than a kilometer on forest paths.
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Old January 10th, 2015, 08:40 PM   #164
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And it's a similar access problem with the whole routes which will be replaced by bus. How early will the bus leave if the Zilupe-Rīga train currently leaves at 3:30 AM and that part is 55 km by rail but a whopping 97 km by bus!
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Old January 12th, 2015, 10:20 PM   #165
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Although the far countryside will receive a worse train service, we must remember that Sigulda will have an additional morning express. And now PV finally wants to restart a daily Rīga-Dobele-Rīga service!!!

Currently PV is discussing with ATD about the necessity of such a train (should they do it and if - when).

This train would not only be good for the people of Dobele, who currently use tiny minibuses, but also for Jelgavians (dat name) because it would serve as a morning express to Rīga and an evening express from Rīga.

If they introduce it, the timetable for the Rīga-Dobele service will be exactly the same as for the Rīga-Liepāja train but the Dobele-Rīga (Mon-Fri) service will be as follows:
Dobele 6.56
Jelgava 7.23
Olaine 7.43
Rīga 8.03

Currently Dobele sees just two passenger trains per week

source http://financenet.tvnet.lv/zinas/543...nepieciesamibu
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Old January 13th, 2015, 04:27 PM   #166
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Good to hear... but it's still not right to cut some services to restart another....
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Old January 13th, 2015, 05:39 PM   #167
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but it's still not right to cut some services to restart another....
True... it seems that they're trying to optimize the passenger railways by reducing the costly and empty services in the far countryside and improving the commuter services. At least it's not like the late 90ies when optimization meant closing and reducing everything everywhere - even on commuter routes. IMO the infrastructure costs are quite unfair - they're very high and don't count how many people are on-board the train. So a full to the brim 7-car commuter DMU has the same costs as an almost empty single car DMU in the countryside. And that means that the trains in the countryside are very, very, very inviable.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 05:33 PM   #168
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LDz's mainline diesel locomotive project



Here's all what's left of LDz's old diesel locomotive. This undercarriage will be renewed and then the new diesel locomotive will be built around it.

There will be a total of 14 twin section locomotives, as mentioned previously.

Picture from 16th December. From balticrailpics.net
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Old January 15th, 2015, 08:51 PM   #169
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Is it cheaper than buying a new locomotive?
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Old January 15th, 2015, 08:55 PM   #170
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There is absolutely no reason not to recycle the old underframes. Just like bogies these parts are basically indestructible.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 09:06 PM   #171
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And, as somebody told me, it is easier to put them into service because they don't need to get a new license as new locomotive types need because this is just a modernized version of the old locomotive. Although basically nothing is left.
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Old January 19th, 2015, 11:49 PM   #172
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If you have the game you can download the mod here: http://www.train-fever.net/filebase/...-LDz-Lettland/
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Old January 20th, 2015, 01:57 AM   #173
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 06:42 PM   #174
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So - the big changes have finally been announced officially by Pasažieru vilciens.

They've altered it a bit though - trains to Zilupe will remain

A short review of the now official changes:
Negative changes:

Valmiera - Valga - Valmiera will have trains only on weekends.
On weekdays it will be a bus service. Journey times 15-20 minutes longer and won't serve Brenguļi station.

Pļaviņas - Madona will have a train only on Fridays and Sundays.
Madona - Pļaviņas will have a train only on Saturdays and Mondays.
On other days it will be a bus service. Journey time increased by about 30 minutes and won't serve Spīgana stop. And it will be a 5 km walk from the train stop Mārciena to the bus stop (Sauleskalns).

The last train Saulkrasti-Rīga, Sigulda-Rīga, Lielvārde-Rīga and Jelgava-Rīga cancelled. As well as the first train Rīga-Saulkrasti, Rīga-Jelgava, Rīga-Lielvārde.


Positive changes:

Additional morning express Sigulda-Rīga;

Additional Rīga-Daugavpils-Rīga service on Fridays;

Train 806 Rīga-Krustpils journey time reduced by 5 minutes;

Train 809 and 817 Daugavpils-Rīga journey time reduced by 2 minutes;

Train 701 Rēzekne-Rīga (express "Rēzekne") journey time reduced by 5 minutes;

Train 807 Zilupe-Rīga journey time reduced by 14 minutes;

Sundays-only Līvāni-Rīga service's journey time reduced by 10 minutes;
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 09:15 PM   #175
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Picture Friday
with a few nice pictures from parovoz.com


Rīga's Railway bridge viewed from the Spīķeri promenade


End of the line -- Skulte


Staff DMU in Gulbene


Tractor at Rīga port


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Negative changes:

Valmiera - Valga - Valmiera will have trains only on weekends.
On weekdays it will be a bus service. Journey times 15-20 minutes longer and won't serve Brenguļi station.
In other words the possibility of taking the train from Riga to Tallinn (with a transfer at Valga) is now canceled (at least during weekdays)
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Old January 29th, 2015, 11:41 AM   #177
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Electrification EIA completed



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
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Old January 29th, 2015, 12:05 PM   #178
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And it turns out that I was a bit wrong about trains on part Valmiera-Valga. There will still be one train per day. But not the one which makes transfer to Valga-Tallinn train possible. So you will have to change from train to bus to train
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There will still be one train per day. But not the one which makes transfer to Valga-Tallinn train possible.
You mean, the train from Riga will arrive in Valga too late to make the
connection with the train to Tallinn ? In that case, it must still be possible to
do it but overnighting in Valga becomes necessary... Any good hotels there,
anything to do in the city ?

As far as I know, it's also the only way to travel by rail between Vilnius and
Riga, overnighting in Daugavpils...
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You can make it without staying the night, but it's not so handy anymore

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The connections from Tallinn/Tartu to Riga will really be worse:
Arrivals at Valga from Tallinn: 11:31, 16:23, 18:56
Departures from Valga to Riga: 4:55, 11:24, 17:03
So, the connection 16:23 -> 17:03 will be slightly better with less waiting time. But the connection around 11:30 will not be possible anymore. :-(

In the other direction, there remains 6min of changing time (16:46 -> 16:52) from bus to train. Should be OK, but could be a bit more in case of delays.
Only the 4:55 service is a train. The 11:24 and 17:03 are buses.

In Valka/Valga there is stuff to see. Firstly the fact that the town is split up into two countries. Secondly, there is such a thing in Valga as a "Military theme park" http://www.visitestonia.com/en/valga...ary-theme-park http://visit.valka.lv/en/kat/redzet-...-vietas-valka/
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