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  • Končar TMK 2300 LT low-floor tram for Liepāja at InnoTrans 2022 (11)
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    Tram for Latvia highlights Croatian capabilities

    2022-09-27T11:30:00Z

    INNOTRANS: One of the TMK 2300 LT low-floor trams which Croatian manufacturer Končar is supplying to Liepāja was displayed at InnoTrans before delivery to Latvia. The metre-gauge TMK 2300 LT is a development of the TMK 2200 trams supplied to Zagreb, and ...

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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 ...

  • Rail Baltica Salaspils Intermodal Freight Terminal (3)
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    Rail Baltica freight terminal design contract awarded

    2022-06-17T11:23:00Z

    LATVIA: A joint venture of local company BRD Projekts and Italian firm Sintagma has been awarded a contract for detailed technical design of the Salaspils intermodal terminal to be served by Rail Baltica. The terminal near Rīga will have 1 520 and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Pasazieru Vilciens Skoda EMU (1)
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    Latvian electric train unveiled

    2022-02-25T17:26:00Z

    LATVIA: ‘These trains are bringing to Latvia a new standard of quality’, said Rodžers Jānis Grigulis, CEO of national passenger operator Pasažier Vilciens, at the unveiling of the first of 32 four-car electric multiple-units ordered from Škoda Transportation. The EMU was unveiled at the factory in ...

  • LDZ passenger trains
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    Latvia surveys interest in passenger rail tendering

    2022-02-22T12:21:00Z

    LATVIA: The Road Transport Administration has launched a survey to gauge market interest in providing domestic passenger rail services. The RTA said this was the first survey of this type in Latvia, and would meet the requirements of EC Regulation 1370/2007 which sets out rules for ...

  • 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.

  • PV Skoda EMU impression
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    Ricardo to support delivery of ‘iconic yet also practical’ Latvian EMU fleet

    2021-11-25T13:31:00Z

    LATVIA: National passenger operator Pasažieru Vilciens has awarded Ricardo a contract to support the delivery, commissioning and introduction of a fleet of 32 dual-system electric multiple-units it has ordered from Škoda Vagonka. The €1·8m contract signed on November 4 runs to the end of 2023 and ...

  • 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.

  • LDz modernised station impression
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    Station modernisation programme contracts awarded

    2021-08-09T09:00:00Z

    LATVIA: National Railway LDz has awarded two design and build contracts for the modernisation of a total of 48 stations by 2023. A partnership of BMGS and FIMA was awarded the contract for stations on the lines from Rīga to Jelgava, Tukums II and Krustpils and ...

  • 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 ...

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    LDz launches semitrailer service with Stena Line

    2021-06-08T07:00:00Z

    LATVIA: National railway Latvijas Dzelzceļš has launched what it says is its first piggyback intermodal service carrying semitrailers with the aim of capturing a greater share of the freight market for shipments heading to western Europe.

  • Cekule unexploded ordnance
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    Rail Baltica calls tenders for unexploded ordnance survey

    2021-05-22T05:00:00Z

    LATVIA: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has called tenders for a contract to identify unexploded ordnance and carry out geotechnical works where the future standard gauge railway will pass through the former Cekule military area. The area around 20 km from central Riga contained a ...

  • 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.
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    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 ...

  • Riga airport Rail Baltica station impression
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    Riga airport rail link construction contract signed

    2021-03-09T08:00:00Z

    LATVIA: Construction of a rail link from Imanta to Riga’s international airport as part of the Rail Baltica project is set to begin in May for completion in December 2025. This follows the signing this month of a €237m construction contract with the BSL Infra consortium ...

  • Kaliningrad station (Photo: RZD).
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    St Petersburg – Kaliningrad passenger service proposed

    2020-11-27T11:57:00Z

    EUROPE: The possibility of launching a passenger service linking St Petersburg with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on a route running via Latvia has been discussed by national railways RZD and Latvijas Dzelzceļš. ‘Over the past year, Latvijas Dzelzceļš has been paying a lot of attention to ...