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

    2019-08-23T07:00:00Z

    ESTONIA: The Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications and the Ministry of the Environment are preparing a railway electrification strategy after receiving cabinet backing for the development of proposals. The government envisages that electrification works could be undertaken in 2022-28, supporting the aim of reducing greenhouse gas ...

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    Operail concerned about infrastructure charges

    2019-06-11T05:00:00Z

    ESTONIA: State owned logistics company Operail has reported a net profit of €2·6m for the first three months of 2019, double the figure for the same period last year. Chairman Raul Toomsalu said the main source of profit was the lease fleet of 2 100 wagons, with revenue up 65% ...

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    Rail Baltica design contract awarded

    2019-05-24T08:00:00Z

    ESTONIA: Trinational project promoter RB Rail has selected IDOM as the winner of a contract to provide design and supervision services for the Tallinn – Rapla section of the Rail Baltica standard gauge line. The Spanish company’s bid of €11·4m was judged the most economically advantageous. The contract covers site ...

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    Operail switches workshop focus from wagon repairs to locomotives

    2019-05-02T08:00:00Z

    ESTONIA: Freight group Operail’s supervisory board has approved the management’s proposal for changes at the Tapa depot which will direct resources towards locomotive rebuilding activities rather than wagon repairs. Repair activities at the site have not been profitable in recent years because of the extent to which work depends ...

  • Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has unveiled details of the proposed operational plan for the future 1 435 mm gauge line.
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    Rail Baltica passenger and freight service plan unveiled

    2019-03-12T15:40:09Z

    EUROPE: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has unveiled details of the proposed operational plan for the future 1 435 mm gauge line running 870 km from the Polish border to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The operational plan for 2026–56 has been developed by ETC Gauff Mobility, COWI and Institut ...

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    First Rail Baltica main line design contract awarded

    2019-02-27T11:58:30Z

    ESTONIA: Project promoter RB Rail has selected Spanish company IDOM to provide design and supervision services for the Pärnu – Rapla section of the Rail Baltica 1 435 mm gauge line. The contract covers master and detailed technical design of the substructure, superstructure and related civil works which is to ...

  • ‘The public logistic centres in Vilnius and Kaunas are projects of strategic importance’, said Minister of Transport & Communications Rokas Masiulis.
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    Rail Baltica linked logistics terminals approved

    2019-02-26T11:28:39Z

    LITHUANIA: The government has designated planned freight terminals in Vilnius and Kaunas as projects of national importance, and appointed national railway LG to implement them. ‘The public logistic centres in Vilnius and Kaunas are projects of strategic importance’, said Minister of Transport & Communications Rokas Masiulis on February 20. ‘We ...

  • Operail has awarded CZ Loko a contract to supply kits for the rebuilding of a further four C30-7Ai diesel-electric locomotives to the C30-M design (Photo: CZ Loko/Raul Mee).
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    Operail to lease rebuilt GE locos to Ukrainian operator

    2019-02-19T06:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Estonian freight operator Operail has awarded CZ Loko a contract to supply kits for the rebuilding of a further four of its C30-7Ai diesel-electric locomotives to the C30-M design, taking the total to seven. Operail has also agreed to lease two C30-M locos to Ukrainian freight forwarder Lemtrans as ...

  • Government and EU agreements have been reached for the development of Rail Baltica.
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    Rail Baltica procurement to ramp up this year

    2019-01-23T11:54:57Z

    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

    2018-12-12T06:00:00Z

    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 ...

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

    2018-09-27T11:10:00Z

    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’ national ...

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    Estonian signalling contract awarded

    2018-07-03T06:00:00Z

    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).
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    EVR Cargo becomes Operail

    2018-06-29T08:00:00Z

    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

    2018-06-01T13:31:26Z

    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, which ...

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    Finland – Estonia Tunnel strategy to be published next month

    2018-04-25T13:49:06Z

    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

    2018-04-20T15:49:32Z

    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 Cargo ...

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    Amber Train to link the Baltic States

    2018-03-19T11:08:00Z

    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 on ...

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    Rail Baltica tram feasibility study commissioned for Tallinn

    2018-03-19T08:00:00Z

    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.
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    Rail Baltica detailed design tenders called

    2018-01-31T10:12:37Z

    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

    2017-12-26T07:00:00Z

    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 ...