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  • VL80c-1601-rostov-1986-2
    In depth

    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
    News

    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.

  • Belam Cepton level crossing lidar
    News

    Lidar sensors improve traffic flow at busy level crossing

    2021-11-06T05:00:00Z

    LEVEL CROSSING: Silicon Valley-based lidar technology company Cepton and Lithuanian system integrator Belam are working together on obstacle detection systems for level crossings. After testing various types of sensor, Belam concluded that Cepton’s Helius Smart lidar was the most reliable, eliminating false ...

  • Kaunas
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    Freight: An intermodal gateway emerges in northeast Europe

    2021-09-15T12:27:00Z

    Connected since July to the Polish border by a standard gauge link, the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal in Lithuania is set to become a strategic hub for the Baltic States as part of the wider Rail Baltica programme.

  • Kaunas Intermodal Terminal opening
    News

    Standard gauge freight terminal opens in Lithuania

    2021-07-20T09:40:00Z

    LITHUANIA: The Kaunas Intermodal Terminal opened to commercial freight traffic on July 19, with Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė amongst the guests at a ceremony welcoming the arrival of a 1 435 mm gauge train loaded with containers and semi-trailers from the Netherlands. Work began in spring ...

  • 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 ...

  • LTG Cargo TEM2 rebuild
    News

    Soviet-era locomotive rebuilt to extend life and reduce emissions

    2021-07-07T05:00:00Z

    LITHUANIA: A TEM2UM-1000 shunting locomotive has been modernised using components from suppliers in the EU and the US to reduce fuel consumption by up 30% and meet the EU Stage V standard for particulate emissions. The modernisation work included installation of a Caterpillar C32 engine, EMIT ...

  • LTG Cargo has called international tenders for the supply of up to 500 grain hoppers and 228 container wagons
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    LTG Cargo fleet renewal targets grain and intermodal growth

    2021-06-02T05:00:00Z

    LITHUANIA: The national railway’s freight division LTG Cargo has called international tenders for the supply of up to 500 grain hoppers and 228 container wagons in support of its long-term business strategy. LTG Cargo said the Lithuanian grain market grew by 30% with a harvest of ...

  • 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 ...

  • LTG Link
    News

    A ticketing platform so passengers don’t need to think

    2021-04-03T05:00:00Z

    LITHUANIA: National passenger operator LTG Link has awarded Estonian company Turnit a €7m contract to migrate its ticket sales to the Turnit Ride cloud-based platform by the end of this year. This will include the roll-out of a mobile app for ticket purchases. The aim is ...

  • Vilnius railway station aerial view (Photo: Vilnius municipality)
    News

    Vilnius Connect to create an ‘iconic and globally recognisable’ station for the future

    2021-03-08T10:59:00Z

    LITHUANIA: The city of Vilnius and national railway LTG have launched an international architectural competition seeking ‘radical’ proposals to create an ‘iconic and globally recognisable’ multi-modal transport terminal and public realm for the capital. ‘Our goal is that any person who arrives in Vilnius by train ...

  • ltg link-1
    News

    Lithuanian passenger operator to digitalise its paperwork

    2021-03-06T05:00:00Z

    LITHUANIA: Passenger operator LTG Link has awarded IVU Traffic Technologies a €2·6m renewable five-year contract to supply and support an integrated resource planning and real-time management system under what CEO Linas Baužys said is one of the operator’s most important digitalisation initiatives. ‘We will use it ...

  • Railway track
    News

    Lithuania and Poland told to comply with EU railway rules

    2021-02-25T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission is undertaking infringement procedures against Lithuania and Poland regarding compliance with two directives affecting railway matters. On February 18 the Commission sent Lithuania a letter of formal notice regarding the incorrect transposition and implementation of the single European railway area rules ...

  • LTG Link
    News

    Lithuanian GSM-R upgrading contract awarded

    2021-01-26T05:00:00Z

    LITHUANIA: Infrastructure manager LTG Infra has awarded Kontron Transportation a €16m contract to update its GSM-R network over the next 1½ years, and provide nine years of maintenance. The current GSM-R system was installed 10 years ago by Belam-Riga and Nortel (now Kontron Transportation), and has 136 ...

  • The EU’s Cohesion Fund is to provide €318·5m to support railway electrification in Latvia.
    News

    Latvia and Estonia join Rail Freight Corridor 8

    2020-10-12T15:55:00Z

    EUROPE: Latvia and Estonia have formally joined the North Sea-Baltic Rail Freight Corridor with effect from October 12, almost five years after the corridor was originally established in November 2015.

  • LTG Link
    News

    Warszawa – Vilnius passenger service to launch next year

    2020-09-18T11:04:00Z

    EUROPE: A letter of intent for the launch of a Warszawa – Vilnius passenger service was signed by the Lithuanian national railway’s passenger business LTG Link and its Polish counterpart PKP Intercity on September 17. The service is expected to start in late 2021, offering a journey ...

  • LTG Cargo locomotive
    News

    Lithuanian freight operator launches Polish business

    2020-07-10T11:12:00Z

    POLAND: The Lithuanian state railway group’s freight business LTG Cargo has established a Polish subsidiary to support its international expansion plans and is negotiating a joint venture with PKP Cargo to operate cross-border intermodal services. LTG Cargo Polska was granted a safety certificate by Polish authority UTK ...

  • Lietuvos Geležinkeliai launched a new brand identity on its 101st birthday, reflecting its recent restructuring with the formation of passenger, freight and infrastructure businesses.
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    Lithuanian Railways launches ‘patriotic’ rebranding and international expansion drive

    2020-07-08T13:24:00Z

    LITHUANIA·: National railway group Lietuvos Geležinkeliai launched a new brand identity on its 101st birthday, reflecting its recent restructuring with the formation of passenger, freight and infrastructure businesses. The full name remains Lietuvos Geležinkeliai, but with the ‘new, more patriotic’ abbreviation LTG rather than LG. ...

  • eu Cargobeamer pilot service to Lithuania (3)
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    Road trailers carried from Germany to Lithuania by rail

    2020-05-20T08:13:00Z

    EUROPE: What the partners say was the first train to carry semi-trailers by rail in the Baltic States has been operated, transporting 22 from the Kaldenkirchen Intermodal Terminal near Germany’s border with the Netherlands to Sestokai on the 1 435 mm gauge line in southwest Lithuania ...

  • Rail Baltica impression
    Rail Business UK

    Free webinars to support UK rail suppliers seeking export opportunities

    2020-05-11T10:59:00Z

    UK: The Railway Industry Association is holding a series of free webinars in partnership with the Department for International Trade to support UK rail companies looking to win export business. Participants will hear from DIT Trade Advisors about opportunities arising in a number of European countries. The ...