Estonia rail news

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  • Elron EMUs photo Skoda Group (3)

    Elron EMU production underway


    ESTONIA: Representatives from Elron visited the Škoda Group factory at Ostrava in the Czech Republic to see the assembly of the first of 16 electric multiple-units ordered by the passenger operator. ‘Bringing new trains on to the line from 2025 will gradually solve the shortage of ...

  • Operail train

    Estonian rail freight operator seeks new opportunities after war slashes traffic


    ESTONIA: State-owned freight operator Operail is developing a comprehensive strategy to restore its profitability, having been hit by a 83% reduction in volumes because of the Russian war against Ukraine. The strategy is expected to be finalised by autumn, and the company says that once its ...

  • Estonia is developing a rail electrification strategy to help meet its 2030 climate goals.

    Tallinn safety conference seeks to embed a culture of learning


    EUROPE: The third edition of the EU Agency for Railways’ Safety Days conference will take place in Tallinn on September 20-22.

  • Rail Baltica impression

    Rail Baltica Academy to provide project insights for all


    EUROPE: The Rail Baltica Academy is to hold its third series of online public lectures from May 22, aiming to provide a broad audience including industry professionals, policymakers, students and future users with insights gained from the cross-border standard gauge line project. The lecture programme is ...

    Metro Report International

    Construction of Tallinn old harbour tramway extension begins


    ESTONIA: Construction work has started on the second phase of the Vanasadam tram extension through the old harbour area of Tallinn. The 2·5 km line linking Linnahall and Paberi stops on the existing network will create a loop through the harbour area and city centre. This ...

  • Wagons

    Operail completes disposal of wagon leasing fleet


    ESTONIA: National freight operator Operail has completed its exit from the wagon leasing business, with the sale of the final 1 036 vehicles in February and March. More than 40 companies were invited to participate in the sale of the fleet, and 20 opted to make ...

  • Transport ministers from the three Baltic States met in Tallinn to discuss co-operation to improve passenger and freight links.

    Baltic States discuss Vilnius – Riga – Tallinn passenger service and gauge conversion


    EUROPE: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are to explore options to launch a passenger service between their capitals using existing 1 520 mm gauge railways, ahead of the completion of the future Rail Baltica 1 435 mm gauge line. The lack of through services between the Baltic ...

  • Rail Baltica train concept

    Rail Baltica regional station design contract signed


    ESTONIA: National Rail Baltica project implementation body Rail Baltic Estonia has awarded Ardanuy Ingeneria a €368 000 contract to design seven stations for use by regional passenger services on the future 1 435 mm gauge line. The stations at Assaku, Luige, Saku and Kurtna in the ...

  • Wagons (Photo Operail)

    Operail sells more wagons from its lease fleet


    ESTONIA: National freight operator Operail has sold a further 807 wagons from its lease fleet for €22·1m as part of a programme of divestment of non-core assets. More than 40 companies were invited to participate and 20 tenders were submitted. After what Operail said was a ...

  • Impression of a Škoda Group electric multiple-unit for Elron.

    Elron orders 10 more EMUs


    ESTONIA: Passenger operator Elron has awarded Škoda Group a firm order to supply a further 10 electric multiple-units. The order announced by the Czech manufacturer on January 24 has been placed using an option in a 2021 contract for initial six EMUs which are now being ...

  • AZD Praha point machine

    AŽD offers Estonia an alternative to Russian equipment


    ESTONIA: Infrastructure manager Eesti Raudtee has awarded AŽD Praha a contract to supply 800 point machines. The large order ‘is very important for AŽD and creates an interesting alternative to existing Russian-made products in the Baltic countries’, said Petr Žatecký, the Czech company’s Director of Foreign ...

  • Operail Finland CEO Ilkka Seppänen with Wabtec Powerhaul

    Operail agrees sale of Finnish rail freight business


    FINLAND: Nurminen Logistics has signed an agreement to purchase the Finnish activities of Operail, the Estonian state freight operator which is divesting its non-core activities. Subject to Finnish regulatory approval of €27·7m sale and purchase agreement announced on January 13, the entire share capital of Operail ...

  • Operail wagons (Photo Operail)

    Operail sells Ukrainian wagon fleet


    UKRAINE: Estonian state-owned rail freight company Operail has sold 552 wagons located in Ukraine to a joint venture of local transport, infrastructure and agriculture investor Fortior Capital and Estonian wagon leasing company Teslar Trans for €6·51m Operail said the sale was ‘not related to the Russian ...

  • Rail Baltica impression

    €353m Rail Baltica grant agreement signed


    EUROPE: A grant agreement which will see the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility provide €353·9m for the Rail Baltica project has been signed by the European Climate, Infrastructure & Environment Executive Agency, ministries from the three countries and tri-national implementation agency RB Rail. This will fund the ...

  • Rail Baltica train concept
    In depth

    Viewpoint: Institutional fragmentation has undermined Rail Baltica


    On paper Rail Baltica is a perfect match for the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility programme. But three issues need to be addressed, argues Kaspars Briškens, who recently stepped down as Head of Strategy & Development at the standard gauge railway project.

  • Operail containers

    Operail to sell non-strategic assets


    ESTONIA: Eight bidders have been shortlisted to participate in the potential sale of state rail freight group Operail’s locomotive assembly and repair, wagon leasing and Finnish operating businesses. The government has deemed these as non-strategic activities. The state began the partial privatisation process around 1½ years ...

  • Amber Train laadimine 2

    Amber Train links the Baltic States to western Europe


    EUROPE: A trial Amber Train service between the Baltic States left the Estonian port of Muuga on September 13, arriving the following day at Kaunas in Lithuanian where its load of semi-trailers was transferred to 1 435 mm gauge wagons for onward transport to destinations including ...

  • Rail Baltica impression

    Rail Baltica shadow operator appointed


    EUROPE: A joint venture of the German national railway’s DB Engineering & Consulting business, Spanish national operator RENFE Operadora and consultancy Ineco is to act as shadow operator for the Rail Baltica project. The €8m contract was signed by Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail and ...

  • Tallinn tramway extension contract
    Metro Report International

    Tallinn tram extension contract signed


    ESTONIA: A contract has been awarded for the design and construction of the Vanasadama tramway extension which will connect Tallinn’s Old Harbour with the future Rail Baltica station at Ülemiste. Valued at €36·5m +VAT, the contract was signed on August 9 by the city’s public works ...

  • Operail DF7G locomotive in Estonia (Photo: Operail/Romet Liivamägi)

    Operail reports sharp decline in freight volumes


    ESTONIA: National rail freight, wagon leasing and repair group Operail reports that it has lost more than half of its traffic volumes as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Operating income in the first half of 2022 was €30m, down from €37m in the ...