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  • 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. ...

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    Tallinn tram modernisation contract


    ESTONIA: Ekova Electric has won a €12m contract to modernise 14 trams for city transport operator TLT Tallinn. Deliveries of the modernised trams are due to take place in 2017-18. The scope covers two Tatra KT4 trams and 12 Tatra KT6T trams which had been formed in 2001-07 by ...

  • Impression of Rail Baltica train.

    Rail Baltica procurement agreement signed


    EUROPE: Nine government and railway organisations from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have signed an agreement setting out the procurement model for Rail Baltica II, the planned 1 435 mm gauge line which would run 728 km to Riga and Tallinn from the current standard gauge railhead at Kaunas. Baiba Rubesa, ...

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    Rail Baltica moves ahead


    EUROPE: Lithuania’s Ministry of Transport & Communications announced on September 19 that work was ready to begin on the second stage of Rail Baltica, the project that aims to create a 1 435 mm gauge corridor connecting Poland with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The next phase of the project comprises ...

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    Work begins on Tallinn Airport tram extension


    ESTONIA: Construction work began on August 10 on an extension of the Tallinn tram network to serve the city’s airport. The 700 m double-track extension runs south from the Ülemiste Jaam terminus of Route 4, which opened in October 2015 at the end of a 300 m branch. A ...

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    Helsinki - Tallinn tunnel memorandum signed


    EUROPE: Studies of the viability of building a proposed railway tunnel under the Gulf of Finland between Tallinn and Helsinki are to be undertaken, following the signing of the Finnish-Estonian Transport Link memorandum of understanding by government and local authorities from Estonia and Finland on January 5. The cost ...

  • Rail Baltica.

    Three Rail Baltica funding agreements signed


    EUROPE: Three grant agreements for the Rail Baltica project with a total value of €734m were signed by the EU's Innovation & Networks Executive Agency in Tallinn on November 24. The grants have been awarded under the 2014 call for Connecting Europe Facility funding, and cover planning and construction works ...

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    Tallinn to Russia passenger services to be revived


    EUROPE: Russian Railways’ Federal Passenger Co announced on July 3 that it is to launch a daily Moscow – St Petersburg – Tallinn service on July 10. RZD said it was ‘interested in organising stable international passenger traffic between Russia and Estonia’. The service will replace the separate trains from ...

  • Go Rail's Tallinn – Moscow overnight service.

    Go Rail to suspend Tallinn - Russia services


    EUROPE: Estonian private operator Go Rail, which operates Tallinn – Moscow/St Petersburg passenger trains, confirmed on April 16 that it is to ‘temporarily suspend’ its services, owing to a ‘significant decrease in the number of tourists coming from Russia’. Chief Executive Alar Pinsel said that ‘being a private company that ...

  • Agreements to establish RB Rail to co-ordinate Rail Baltica project were signed in Riga by representatives of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

    Rail Baltica agreement signed


    EUROPE: Agreements to establish an equally-owned company to co-ordinate the construction of the Rail Baltica standard gauge line between the Polish border and Tallinn were signed by representatives of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on October 28. ‘This is the largest-scale joint project in the history of our country, and ...

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    €53m loan for Rail Baltica and transit corridors


    LITHUANIA: Nordic Investment Bank has signed an 18-year €53m loan agreement with national railway Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai to finance works for the Rail Baltica project and modernisation of the east–west corridors. The loan announced on July 15 will facilitate the construction of a 115 km standard gauge line parallel to the ...