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  • 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 ...

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    LTG Cargo signs Kazakh co-operation agreements

    2022-06-22T10:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The Lithuanian national railway’s freight business LTG Cargo has signed its first co-operation agreements in Kazakhstan, as part of its strategy of expanding, diversifying and developing routes between Asia and Europe which avoid Russia. A co-operation agreement with the KTZ Express intermodal subsidiary of Kazakhstan’s ...

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    LTG Cargo Ukraine reopens to offer freight routes via Poland

    2022-06-13T15:18:00Z

    UKRAINE: The LTG Cargo Ukraine subsidiary of Lithuania’s national railway has restarted its activities, noting that there has been a significant increase in demand for the export of grain and other products from Ukraine. LTG Cargo Ukraine temporarily suspended operations in March following the Russian invasion. ...

  • 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 ...

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    Rail Baltica route to the Polish border selected

    2022-05-16T08:29:00Z

    LITHUANIA: The Ministry of Transport & Communications has selected its preferred route for the Polish border to Kaunas (Jiesia) section of the future 1 435 mm gauge Rail Baltica corridor. Four options had been studied by a joint venture of Sweco Lietuva and DB Engineering & ...

  • 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 ...

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    Lithuania rethinks freight flows to bypass Belarus

    2022-04-29T12:49:00Z

    EUROPE: Lithuania’s national freight operator LTG Cargo has sent a pilot container train to Ukraine via Poland, avoiding Belarus because of that country’s support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. LTG Cargo said the return working would be the first time in its history that freight ...

  • 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 ...

  • Kaunas Intermodal Terminal
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    Lithuania to Germany intermodal service to launch in April

    2022-03-30T10:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Lithuanian national railway’s freight business LTG Cargo is to launch a service carrying containers and semi-trailers from the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal to Duisburg in Germany on April 4. Trains with a capacity of up to 36 semi-trailers and containers will run thrice-weekly on the 1 ...

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    Flat wagons recalled to prevent use in invasion of Ukraine

    2022-03-10T14:38:00Z

    EUROPE: Lithuania’s national freight operator LTG Cargo has stopped the leasing of its flat wagons and banned their transport to Russia or Belarus, out of concern that the governments could nationalise them and use them for military purposes as part of the invasion of Ukraine. LTG ...

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    Government approves Vilnius – Klaipėda electrification

    2022-02-04T09:11:00Z

    LITHUANIA: The government has approved the Ministry of Transport & Communications’ plans for 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the 309 km Kaišiadorys – Klaipėda – Draugystės route, which will complete electrification of the 376 km corridor between Vilnius and the port city. The cost is ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Belam Cepton level crossing lidar
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    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
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    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
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    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 ...