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  • Government and EU agreements have been reached for the development of Rail Baltica.

    Rail Baltica procurement to ramp up this year


    EUROPE: Political support for Rail Baltica and public awareness have increased significantly in the past year as government and EU agreements have been reached, Acting CEO Ignas Deaks said at tri-national project promoter RB Rail’s annual press conference in Tallinn on January 23. Support includes European Commission backing for the ...

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    Faster fastening installation in Estonia


    ESTONIA: Infrastructure contractor Leonhard Weiss has awarded Pandrol a contract to supply more than 430 000 Fastclip FE rail fastenings for the 65 km line between Tapa and Narva. This follows a previous contract covering the 57 km Tapa – Tartu route. As part of the project, the contractor acquired ...

  • Rail Baltica.

    Rail Baltica CEO resigns and condemns governments for 'playing poker’


    EUROPE: Baiba A Rubesa resigned as CEO Chairman of the Management Board of Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail AS with immediate effect on September 27, and then held a press conference in a personal capacity during which she strongly condemned the ‘different and irreconcilable’ ...

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    Estonian signalling contract awarded


    ESTONIA: Mipro has been awarded a contract to resignal the Lääne-Harju line running west from Tallinn by the end of 2021. The Finnish company will supply a traffic management system and signalling equipment for the 80 km route, which is being upgraded to support an increase in commuter traffic. ‘Mipro’s ...

  • EVR Cargo has been renamed Operail (Photo: CZ Loko/Raul Mee).

    EVR Cargo becomes Operail


    ESTONIA: State-owned freight operator EVR Cargo has been renamed Operail, in a change which the company said was ‘driven by the need to better reflect the nature of an international market-oriented logistics and transport company’. ‘Freight transport was an essential part of EVR Cargo’s identity, but has not been our ...

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    Amber Train agreement signed


    EUROPE: An agreement for the regular operation of the Amber Train branded container service linking the Baltic States was signed by Lithuanian Railways, Latvia’s LDZ Logistika and Estonia’s EVR Cargo at a meeting in Tallinn on May 29. This follows the operation of a trial service on April 19, ...

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    Finland – Estonia Tunnel strategy to be published next month


    EUROPE: The Finnish and Estonian joint working group, which is developing proposals for the 92 km FinEst undersea railway tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn, is due to publish its recommendations on how to proceed on May 7. This will set out a vision for what should happen next, how ...

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    First Amber Train links the Baltic States


    EUROPE: The first Amber Train branded intermodal freight service left the Šeštokai transhipment facility in Lithuania for Riga in Latvia and the Paldiski terminal in Estonia on April 19, carrying 43 containers which had originated in France. Operations in the Baltic States were managed by Lithuanian Railways, Latvia's LDz ...

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    Amber Train to link the Baltic States


    EUROPE: The freight businesses of the national railways of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have agreed to co-operate to organise an Amber Train intermodal container service running from Šeštokai on the Polish-Lithuanian border to Riga and Tallinn. Representatives of the three railways met in Riga on March 12, and agreed ...

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    Rail Baltica tram feasibility study commissioned for Tallinn


    ESTONIA: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail and the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications have awarded Egis Rail a €171 000 contract to undertake a feasibility and technical study for proposed a tram connection from the future Rail Baltica station in the Ülemiste area of Tallinn to the Vanasadam ...

  • Tenders have now been called for the detailed technical design of sections of the Rail Baltica standard gauge railway project in all three Baltic States.

    Rail Baltica detailed design tenders called


    EUROPE: Tenders have now been called for the detailed technical design of sections of the Rail Baltica standard gauge railway project in all three Baltic States. A tender announced by tri-national project promoter RB Rail on January 26 covers the Upeslejas – Riga Central station, Tornkalns – Imanta and Riga ...

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    Tapa – Tartu modernisation completed


    ESTONIA: National railway Eesti Raudtee has completed a project to modernise 57 km of the Tapa – Tartu line to enable passenger trains to run at a maximum speed of 120 km/h and freight trains at 80 km/h. The EU met 85% of the €25m cost of the project, with ...

  • Rebuilt EVR Cargo C30-M locomotive 1564 and original US-built 1528 hauling a Russia-bound freight train near Tapa (Photo: CZ Loko/Raul Mee).

    US-built Estonian GE locomotive rebuilt


    ESTONIA: Freight operator EVR Cargo has begun testing the first of its GE-built C30-7Ai Co-Co diesel-electric locomotives to be extensively rebuilt at its Tapa workshops. The modernisation of the 19 locomotives is being undertaken in collaboration with Czech supplier CZ Loko. Designated as Type C30-M, the modernised locomotive is ...

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    Trams reach Tallinn airport


    ESTONIA: Revenue service began on an extension of the Tallinn tram network to the airport on September 1, following an official inauguration ceremony two days earlier attended by Acting Mayor Taavi Aas and Estonia’s Rail Baltica project co-ordinator Kristjan Kaunissaare. The 700 m southern extension of Route 4 includes ...

  • Elron is to roll-out a ticketing system developed by Ridango.

    Elron rolls out Ridango ticket sales system


    ESTONIA: This month passenger operator Elron will begin its transition to a ticketing system developed by Tallinn-based Ridango to replace the current system dating from 2010. The new system includes terminals for stations and vending machines for use on trains, and also supports online distribution. Contactless bank card payment will ...

  • Easymile has supplied two driverless electric shuttles to Tallinn.
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    Tallinn receives driverless shuttles


    ESTONIA: Two driverless shuttles arrived in Tallinn on July 14 ahead of entry into passenger service at the end of the month. Tallinn Transport Department will prepare a 1 km route between Viru Square and the Kultuurikatel Tallinn Creative Hub, which is the main site of the Estonian EU ...

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    United Wagon Co opens Estonian wagon servicing centre


    ESTONIA: Russian rolling stock manufacturer United Wagon Co has opened service centre at Skinest Rail’s Valga depot to provide warranty and post-warranty support for modern wagons operating in the Baltic States. UWC says its service centre ‘is unique in the Baltic States’, having specially trained staff and holding the documentation ...

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    Tallinn tram modernised


    ESTONIA: The first of 14 trams to be refurbished under a €12m contract awarded last year has returned to Tallinn. Czech companies Ekova Electric and Cegelec are modernising two Tatra KT4 trams and 12 Tatra KT6T trams which were formed in 2001-07 by inserting a low-floor centre section into ...

  • Trautmann assured the minister that the European Commission considers the full implementation of Rail Baltica to be an important priority project.

    European Commission sees Rail Baltica as a priority project


    EUROPE: Lithuania’s Minister of Transport & Communications Rokas Masiulis met European Co-ordinator for the TEN-T North Sea-Baltic Corridor Catherine Trautmann on March 22 to discuss the progress of the Rail Baltica project to build a 1 435 mm gauge line from Poland to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Trautmann assured the ...

  • Two consortia have been appointed to study the feasibility of the FinEst Link proposal to build a 92 km tunnel linking Finland and Estonia.

    Helsinki – Tallinn tunnel feasibility studies commissioned


    EUROPE: Two consortia have been appointed to study the feasibility of the FinEst Link proposal to build a 92 km under-sea railway tunnel linking Finland and Estonia. A consortium of Ramboll Finland, Sito, Strafica, Urban Research and Pöyry Finland will estimate passenger and freight volumes and undertake a cost-benefit study. ...