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  • Operail containers
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    Operail to sell non-strategic assets

    2022-09-27T05:00:00Z

    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
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    Amber Train links the Baltic States to western Europe

    2022-09-26T09:56:00Z

    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
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    Rail Baltica shadow operator appointed

    2022-08-30T15:39:00Z

    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

    2022-08-16T09:00:00Z

    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)
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    Operail reports sharp decline in freight volumes

    2022-08-01T09:00:00Z

    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 ...

  • Operail containers
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    Freight company Operail facing ‘complicated circumstances’

    2022-07-08T12:00:00Z

    ESTONIA: National rail freight operator Operail says 2022 has brought ‘complicated circumstances’, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine impacting on its operations. The management board is taking steps to find replacements for sanctioned traffic and to direct its wagons on lease away from high-risk regions. ‘Despite ...

  • Operail DF7G locomotive in Estonia (Photo: Operail/Romet Liivamägi)
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    COTIF uniform rules applied across Estonian network

    2022-06-26T05:00:00Z

    ESTONIA: The Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail’s CIV rules for international passenger traffic and the CIM equivalent for freight apply to the entire Estonian network with effect from June 16. Estonia acceded to the COTIF convention in January 2009, the last of the then EU ...

  • Rail Baltica train concept
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    Rail Baltica electrification procurement begins

    2022-06-01T13:37:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has begun procurement of the electrification systems for the future standard gauge line between Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, saying it will be the largest railway electrification scheme in Europe to be implemented as a single project. The energy ...

  • Rail Baltica impression
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    Business opportunities as Rail Baltica looks 150 years ahead

    2022-05-12T13:33:00Z

    EUROPE: ‘What will this look like in 150 years?’ is a question being asked by Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail, which sees the greenfield construction project as offering opportunities to take a very long-term view of where rail technology is heading, and to apply best ...

  • Rail Baltica River Neris bridge impression
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    Invasion of Ukraine ‘has increased the geopolitical relevance of Rail Baltica’

    2022-04-14T14:27:00Z

    EUROPE: ‘The Russian invasion of Ukraine reaffirms the need to connect the Baltic states to the rest of Europe’, said Catherine Trautmann, the European Commission’s co-ordinator for the North Sea – Baltic TEN-T corridor, on April 13, when Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail set out ...

  • Tallinn Pesa Twist tram impression
    Metro Report International

    Pesa wins Tallinn tram tender

    2022-04-14T08:33:00Z

    ESTONIA: Pesa has been named the winner of a €50m contract to supply up to 23 trams to Tallinn from the second half of 2024. The contract is due to be signed in May. The trams will be based on the Polish manufacturer’s Twist family; the ...

  • Operail containers
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    Operail sees intermodal traffic shift to rail

    2022-01-30T05:00:00Z

    ESTONIA: National freight operator Operail reports that it shifted a record volume of container traffic from road to rail in 2021 despite facing some challenging market conditions. Operail services replaced 16 000 lorry journeys with rail transport, and the company grew its intermodal freight traffic by ...

  • Rail Baltica Tallin Linda station impression
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    Rail Baltica contracts awarded and Tallinn station name announced

    2022-01-11T06:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Further contracts have been awarded for the Rail Baltica standard gauge line project, and the name of the future terminal in Tallinn has been announced.

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    Smart maintenance: Locomotives find a new lease of life

    2021-11-26T08:00:00Z

    The delicate economics of rail freight and rapidly changing regulatory conditions have seen the emergence of a healthy market across a swathe of eastern Europe focused on the overhaul, modernisation and life-extension of Soviet-era locomotives. Vladimir Waldin provides an overview.

  • Rail Baltica Riga station concourse impression
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    Clockface timetable plan and contract awards as Rail Baltica makes progress

    2021-11-15T15:50:00Z

    EUROPE: A strategy for a Swiss-inspired national clockface timetable in Latvia has been published as part of the Rail Baltica programme, and further contracts for development of the 870 km standard gauge line have been awarded.

  • Operail Stargate Hydrogen fuel cell locomotive impression
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    Diesel locomotives to be converted to hydrogen power

    2021-10-07T14:02:00Z

    ESTONIA: National freight operator Operail and technology company Stargate Hydrogen have signed a letter of intent for the conversion of diesel-electric shunting locomotives to fuel cell power. The project is to be undertaken in two phases, starting with the completion of a prototype by the end ...

  • DiGas worked with Orion Kolej to convert a SM42 shunting loco to dual-fuel operation, using LNG supplied by Novatek Green Energy.
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    Shunters converted to gas dual-fuel operation

    2021-08-19T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Shunting locomotives in Estonia and Poland have been converted to diesel and gas dual-fuel operation using the NYSMART technology developed by Latvian company DiGas. A TEM2 shunting locomotive belonging to Estonian state-owned oil shale company Enefit Kaevandused has been converted to ...

  • Operail has converted a GE C36 locomotive to diesel and LNG dual-fuel operation (Photo: Raul Mee/Operail).
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    Operail unveils LNG freight locomotive

    2021-07-12T10:47:00Z

    ESTONIA: Operail has unveiled a General Electric C36 main line freight locomotive which it has converted to dual-fuel operation using natural gas as well as diesel. ‘It will help us reduce our fuel costs by 30%, and the machine emits 20% less carbon dioxide and as ...

  • Tallinn Ülemiste Rail Baltica station impression
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    Study aims to identify the key to successful station developments

    2021-07-09T08:06:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has commissioned a consortium of infrastructure development experts and architects to recommend how to promote long-term value creation in and around the seven international stations on the future line. The study is to be undertaken by Ramboll, Gottlieb Paludan ...

  • RB Rail said the concept train was inspired by trainsets in operation in Europe and elsewhere, with styling influenced by the Baltic Sea and its sun and sand.
    In depth

    Rail Baltica concept trains inspired by sun, sea and sand

    2021-04-23T10:10:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has produced conceptual images to help inform the public about the type of trains which could link Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with Poland and western Europe using the future standard gauge line. The concepts are intended to inform the ...