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LDZ 2Te116 number 1598 in Gulbene, Latvia

Belarussian BCh 2Te10M hauling freight through Naujene, Latvia

ER2 unit of Riga, Latvia

RS Tatra T-3s pick up tram, Riga, Latvia

Latvian museum Mi-657 in Riga, Latvia


Railways in Latvia
Latvian railways section refurbishing is progressing. More data is added here regularly.


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On Latvian Railways

Welcome to the home of Latvia Main Page on 4rail.net. Latvia is the country which had most challenges on abandoning old Soviet ways and joining the club of numerous European nations.   

LDZ, the Latvian Railways, was once part of the Soviet 1520 mm transportation empire and Latvia also had its important place in Soviet train and tram manufacturing as well. RVR shops in Riga built huge numbers of Soviet Er EMUs and Dr DMUs. The winds of change blow now to Latvia too, but some customs change slowly. The rolling stock for both commuter, long distance passenger and freight is pretty much the same as was used 20 years ago.
  Latvian Railways LDZ 2M62Y number 0093 online: You can almost see the movement and hear the thrundle of the huge diesel engine in the Ilkka Siissalo's shot of the 2M62Y approching the crossing near Salaspils in latvia! Salaspils is just north of Riga, the capital of Latvia.


Created for 4rail.net by John McKey and Ilkka Siissalo. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo.




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An RzD 2Te116 number 1020 is rolling towards Fenno-Russian border with empties in Imatra, Finland
Russian diesel locomotive page catalogs a number of huge unusual diesels. Take a look here!

An RzD 2Te116 number 1020 is rolling towards Fenno-Russian border with empties in Imatra, Finland
Heavy 2Te116 diesels are often associated to heaviest Russian transportation.

3m62u in Sortavala Russia
Heavy 2M62 and 3M62 diesels still rule the country in many parts of Eastern Europe.

 

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 Looking back in time
Latvian railways have a long history with various "owners" in its history. Tracks, signals and much of the technical infrastructure are from the Soviet times and of mainly Russian origin, whilst some of the station houses and other buildings still clearly show the marks of Czaristic Russian times or have strong Polish or even German marks of influence. The railroads of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were all a part of the Soviet Baltic Railroad during the Soviet era. This still shows clearly. The lines are not designed according to the present country borders and the trains are still mostly the same which were inherited from the Soviet SZD Baltic Railroad at the time when the Baltic states regained their independence. The general railroad track width is "broad track", the Russian 1520 mm (~5 ft) width.

In addition to this all of the Baltic states once had an extensive range of narrow gauge lines connecting smaller villages to main lines, but only some few remnants exist today. In Latvia the only functional remains of these today is the railroad of 750 mm gauge between the small towns of Gulbene and Alüksne.

In general, railroad traffic today serves mainly only cargo and short-haul passenger train needs around the capitals. For example between Estonia and Latvia not a single passenger train connection exists any more / yet. Much of the Latvian freight centers around the crude oil and coal trains from Russia and Biela Russia to the Baltic sea harbors. In Latvia there is a lot of traffic only around the capital, Riga, especially in the directions from Riga to Liepaja, Riga to Krustpils and Riga to direction Gulbene. Latvian railroads were after the year 1999 gradually privatised.

   
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  Electric Multiple Units in Latvia

ER2 unit of Riga, Latvia  


Operators / owners:
LDZ
: Er2 *

Vintage: Er2 *

   



LDZ

 Er2 of LDZ
ER2 unit of Riga, Latvia
ER2 unit of Riga, Latvia
 
 
 
   
   
       

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Vintage

 Er2
ER2 unit of Riga RR Museum, Latvia
ER2 unit of Riga RR Museum, Latvia

 

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ER2 unit of Riga RR Museum, Latvia
  ER2 unit of Riga RR Museum, Latvia
 
       

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  Electric Locomotives in Latvia

 




Operators / owners:

Vintage Electric Locomotives: Vladimir Lenin 26 *

   



Vintage

 VL26
VL26 at Riga Railway Museum, Latvia
 
 
 
 
   
   
       

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  Diesel Locomotives in Latvia

Belarussian BCh 2Te10M hauling freight through Naujene, Latvia




Operators / owners:
BCh: 2Te10M * 2Te10MK *
LDZ
: 2M62U * 2Te116 * ChME3 * ChME3M *

Vintage Diesel Locomotives: Tep60 *

   



BCh

 2Te10M of BCh
Belarussian BCh 2Te10M hauling freight through Naujene, Latvia
Belarussian BCh 2Te10M hauling freight through Naujene, Latvia
Belarussian BCh 2Te10M hauling freight through Naujene, Latvia
Belarussian BCh 2Te10M hauling freight through Naujene, Latvia
Belarussian BCh 2Te10M hauling freight through Naujene, Latvia
  Belarussian BCh 2Te10M hauling freight through Naujene, Latvia
  Belarussian BCh 2Te10M hauling freight through Naujene, Latvia
       

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 2Te10MK of BCh
Belarussian BCh 2Te10MK hauling oil cans through Naujene, Latvia
Belarussian BCh 2Te10MK hauling oil cans through Naujene, Latvia

 

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Belarussian BCh 2Te10MK hauling oil cans through Naujene, Latvia
Belarussian BCh 2Te10MK hauling oil cans through Naujene, Latvia
   
  Belarussian BCh 2Te10MK hauling oil cans through Naujene, Latvia
       

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LDZ

 ChME3M of LDZ
LDZ ChME3M number 5953 in Riga, Latvia

LDZ ChME3M number 5953 in Riga, Latvia

LDZ ChME3M number 5119 in Riga, Latvia

LDZ ChME3M number 5953 in Riga, Latvia

LDZ ChME3M number 5953 in Riga, Latvia

LDZ ChME3M number 5953 in Riga, Latvia

LDZ ChME3M number 5953 in Riga, Latvia

 
       

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 ChME3 of LDZ
LDZ ChME3M number 5953 in Riga, Latvia











 
       

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 2Te116 of LDZ
LDZ 2Te116 number 1598 in Gulbene, Latvia
LDZ 2Te116 number 477 in Gulbene, Latvia
 
 
 
   
   
       

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 2M62U of LDZ
LDZ 2M62U number 0093 in Salaspils. Latvia
LDZ 2M62 number 118 in Adazi, Latvia with a can train
LDZ 2M62 number 118 in Adazi, Latvia with a can train
LDZ 2M62 number 118 in Adazi, Latvia with a can train
 
   
   
       

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Vintage Diesel Locomotives

 Tep60
Latvian / Russian Tep60 number 1206, Riga RR Museum, Latvia
Latvian / Russian Tep60 number 1206, Riga RR Museum, Latvia
 
 
 
   
   
       

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  Maintenance Equipment

LDZ S-12 trolley in Gulbene, Latvia    

Operators / owners:
LDZ: S-12 Trolley * Older Crane *

LDZ Vintage: Old and Large Trolley *




 

 
     

 

 S12 Trolley of LDZ
LDZ S-12 trolley in Gulbene, Latvia
LDZ S-12 trolley in Gulbene, Latvia
 
 
   
   
       

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 Older Crane of LDZ
LDZ older crane in Gulbene, Latvia
 
 
 
 
   
   
       

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Vintage Maintenance Equipment

 Old Trolleys of LDZ
LDZ vintage motorized trolley, Riga, Latvia
LDZ vintaghe light mororized trolley, Riga, Latvia
 
 
 
   
   
       

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Coaches

Gelunervagons coach, Riga Railway Museum, Latvia

 

Freight Cars

LDZ vintaghe light mororized trolley, Riga, Latvia

 

  Trams in Latvia

Old tram running in Zarazai, Latvia    

Trams

Rīgas Satiksme: Tatra-T5 * Tatra-T3 * Tatra T3 Pick Up *

Zarazai: "Old model" *




 
     

 

Riga

 Tatra-T5 of Rīgas Satiksme
RS Tatra T-3s stopping, Riga, Latvia
 
 
 
 
       

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 Tatra-T3 of Rīgas Satiksme
RS Tatra T-3s stopping, Riga, Latvia
RS Tatra T-3s stopping, Riga, Latvia
 
 
 
       

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 Tatra-T3 Pick Up Tram of Rīgas Satiksme
RS Tatra T-3s pick up tram, Riga, Latvia
RS Tatra T-3s pick up tram, Riga, Latvia
Riga street view, Latvia
      Riga street view, Latvia

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Zarazai

 Zarazai Old Trams
Old tram running in Zarazai, Latvia
Old tram running in Zarazai, Latvia
Old tram running in Zarazai, Latvia


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Old tram running in Zarazai, Latvia
  Old tram running in Zarazai, Latvia
  Old tram running in Zarazai, Latvia
       

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  Vintage Rolling Stock

Latvian museum Mi-657 in Riga, Latvia  




Vintage Rolling Stock

     

 

Steam Locomotion

 MI-657 Steamer - Riga RR Museum
Latvian museum Mi-657 in Riga, Latvia
Latvian museum Mi-657 in Riga, Latvia
 
 
 
       

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Trolleys

  Narrow Gauge "Jeepney"
Narrow gauge "Jeepney", Riga, Latvia
 
 
 
 
       

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  Stations and Surroundings

Carnicava station, Latvia    





 
     

 

 Carnicava Station
Carnicava station, Latvia
 
 
 
 
   
   
       

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  Miscellaneous
Double overtaking on Via Baltica in Latvia

 

 

   

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