Latvian Railways

Latvian Railways (Latvian: Latvijas dzelzceļš or LDz) is the main state-owned railway company in Latvia with more than 12,400 employees. It owns 1,933.8 kilometres (1,201.6 mi) of 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in) Russian gauge railway lines and 33.4 kilometres (20.8 mi) of 750 mm (2 ft 5 12 in) narrow gauge railway lines in Latvia.[2]

It has 6 daughter companies:

  • AS "LatRailNet"
  • SIA "LDZ Apsardze" (security)
  • LDz infrastruktūra (infrastructure)
  • LDz Cargo (transportation)
  • LDz Ritošā sastāva serviss (rolling stock)

Domestic routes

Passenger services are operated by Pasažieru vilciens. The passenger lines with current service are:

Lines where passenger services have been suspended in recent years include:

  • Rīga – Reņģe (Border of Lithuania)
  • Rīga – Ērgļi
  • Jelgava – Meitene (Border of Lithuania)
  • Jelgava – Krustpils
  • Kārsava (Border of Russia) – Rēzekne – Daugavpils – Zemgale (Border of Lithuania)
  • Eglaine (Border of Lithuania) – Daugavpils – Indra (Border of Belarus)

1 Electrified to Tukums 2 Electrified to Jelgava 3 Electrified to Aizkraukle 4 Electrified to Jugla, no electric trains go on the line. 5 Whole line is electrified

International routes

International overnight services to/from Riga are operated by Latvijas Ekspresis (Latvia Express). There are rail links with Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, and Estonia.

Freight services

Latvian railways carry a large quantity of freight cargo, and freight trains operate over the whole current passenger network, and a number of lines currently closed to passenger services.

Other services

There is a narrow gauge railway between Gulbene and Alūksne, operated by the Industrial Heritage Trust, using Russian and Polish built heritage rolling stock. Three narrow gauge trains a day operate on the 33 km route between the two towns. Until 2012 a regular Saturday service train operated from Riga to Gulbene in the morning, returning in the late afternoon, and offered guaranteed connections with the narrow gauge trains; the service has been suspended on the grounds of insufficient passenger numbers.

Rolling stock

Diesel locos

Freight

  • M62 – 33 locos
  • 2M62 – 40 locos
  • 2M62U – 30 locos
  • 2TE10M – 10 locos
  • 2TE10U – 14 locos

Passenger

Shunt

  • ČME3 (ChME3) – 57 locos
  • TEM2 – 7 locos
  • TGK2 – 1 loco
  • TGM3 – 1 loco
  • TGM23 – 2 locos

EMUs

  • ER2 – 32 trains
  • ER2T – 6 trains (7113-7118)
  • ER2M – 1 train (No 605)
  • Škoda Vagonka EMUs – 32 trains ordered[3][4][5]

DMUs

  • DR1A – 31 trains
  • DR1AM – 10 trains
  • AR2 (railbus) – 1 train (used by workers on Jelgava-Krustpils line)

See also

References

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