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Latvia

These photos are of PTG's "Rail Wonders of Latvia" charter train, running between 6th and 11th May 2012.

Route:
6th May 2012: Rīga - Gulbene - Alūksne - Gulbene - Rīga
7th May 2012: Rīga - Skulte - Jāņavārti - Rīga - Tukums-1 - Ventspils
8th May 2012: Ventspils - Jelgava - Reņģe - Glūda - Liepāja
9th May 2012: Liepāja - Jelgava - Krustpils - Daugavpils šķirotava - Griva - Ilūkste - Daugavpils
10th May 2012: Daugavpils - Rēzekne-1 - Rēzekne-2 - Zilupe - Rēzekne-2 - Kārsava - Rēzekne-1 - Krustpils - Daugavpils
11th May 2012: Daugavpils - Indra - Daugavpils - Rokišķis (Lithuania) - Jelgava - Rīga

Photos of the part of Day 6 of the tour which passed through Lithuania from Daugavpils via Rokišķis to Jelgava can be found here.

Thanks to tour managers Marion Matthews and Philip Wormald.

Please also see the Trip Report.

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Latvian Railways 4000HP diesel locomotive TEP70-0204 stands at Rīga's main passenger station, at the head of the PTG charter train.
Photograph taken on 06/05/2012 at 08:08
The engine inside 750mm narrow gauge loco TU2-273
Photograph taken on 06/05/2012 at 12:28
Driving position of 750mm narrow gauge loco TU2-273.
Photograph taken on 06/05/2012 at 12:29
750mm gauge diesel loco TU2-273 at Alūksne, the northern terminus of the line from Gulbene. The last remnant of the "main line" narrow gauge railways of Latvia, this 33km line operates two trains per day each way every day of the year.
Photograph taken on 06/05/2012 at 15:03
Photo stop near Paparde, returning from Alūksne to Gulbene. The smoke is from fires caused by exhaust sparks from the loco on the outward journey to Alūksne!
Photograph taken on 06/05/2012 at 15:57
Gulbene station, looking towards the main station building. TU2-273 and TEP70-0204 can be seen.
Photograph taken on 06/05/2012 at 17:08
Latvian Railways diesel locomotive M62-1198 at Skulte.
Photograph taken on 07/05/2012 at 09:47
Tea is available from the coal-fired samovar at the end of the coach on the PTG charter train.
Photograph taken on 07/05/2012 at 09:49
600mm gauge steam loco MI-631 reflected in a lake at the Park Railway in Ventspils.
Photograph taken on 07/05/2012 at 19:49
M62-1198 and ChME3-3492 in the morning mist at Ventspils.
Photograph taken on 08/05/2012 at 08:34
M62-1198 and water tower at Spāre, on the Ventspils - Jelgava line.
Photograph taken on 08/05/2012 at 09:59
M62-1198 at Reņģe. This used to be a through route between from Glūda (on the Jelgava - Liepāja line) to Mazeikiai in Lithuania, but is presently closed to through traffic due to Lithuania not wishing to export their oil via Ventspils.
Photograph taken on 08/05/2012 at 14:46
Liepāja is one of three cities in Latvia with trams - the others being Rīga and Daugavpils. Here tram 246 is seen heading towards the railway station. The Liepāja tram system is metre gauge, unlike those at Rīga and Daugavpils which are "Russian" (1520mm) gauge.
Photograph taken on 09/05/2012 at 08:13
M62-1198 at Krustpils.
Photograph taken on 09/05/2012 at 16:40
Lithuanian Railways TEP70-0246 with the daily Vilnius - St Peterburg train rushes past M62-1198 at Griva.
Photograph taken on 09/05/2012 at 20:13
The departure list for Daugavpils. The top half shows the four long distance trains (Minsk [in Belarus] to Rīga and return and Vilnius [in Lithuania] to Sankt Peterburg [in Russia] and return), the lower half the "local" trains. Note that three of these eight trains only run on certain days of the week. Also note that Daugavpils is the second biggest city in Latvia.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 07:34
The present station building at Daugavpils, built in 1951.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 07:39
The "live departures" board for Daugavpils at 07:45 on a Thursday morning. The departures at 06:14, 06:54 and 07:16 are, of course, next morning.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 07:45
Latvian Railways 2TE10U-0194 at Aglona, north of Daugavpils. These dual locomotives total around 6000HP, and at 276 tonnes the loco weight is considerably more than the 220 tonnes or so of the four coaches it is hauling.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 09:04
2TE10U-0194 runs around the charter at the border station of Zilupe: Russia is a few kilometres further on. The daily service between Rīga and Moskva runs via this route.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 11:29
2TE10U-0194 running around the charter at Zilupe.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 11:40
Pictured at Kārsava, this picture shows the coupling arrangement between the two halves of 2TE10U-0194. Kārsava is another border crossing with Russia: the daily Vilnius - St. Peterburg service passes through here.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 13:39
An unidentified Russian State Railways 2TE locomotive is seen at Rezekne-2. This loco will have worked its train across the border at Karsava.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 14:40
Latvian Railways 2TE116-1699 on a long mineral train from Russia at Krustpils.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 16:38
Belarus Railways 2TE10MK-3550 at the depot at Daugavpils. Note the extra number (16160566) which has to be carried for journeys into Russia.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 18:54
Layout diagram of the depot at Daugavpils.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 19:04
Left to right at the depot at Daugavpils: 2M62-0281, 2TE116-670 and 2TE116-1050.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 19:07
2M62U-0126 shunts half of 2M62U-0097 at the depot at Daugavpils.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 19:10
An engine from a 2TE locomotive at the depot at Daugavpils.
Photograph taken on 10/05/2012 at 19:32
Daugavpils tram No. 030 leads a working towards the railway station. These trams were built in Rīga, and are "Russian" 1524m gauge.
Photograph taken on 11/05/2012 at 07:38
A Tatra T3D tram leads a route 1 working towards the city centre in Daugavpils. These trams were bought from the German city of Schwerin, and re-gauged to suit the 1520mm gauge track in use here.
Photograph taken on 11/05/2012 at 07:39
2TE10M-3422 at Daugavpils.
Photograph taken on 11/05/2012 at 08:17
2TE10M-3422 at Indra, the border station for Belarus. This route presently sees one passenger train each way between Riga and Minsk on alternate days.
Photograph taken on 11/05/2012 at 11:04
Lithuanian Railways TEP70-335 at Daugavpils, ready to work the charter across the border into Lithuania.
Photograph taken on 11/05/2012 at 13:00
Lithuanian Railways TEP70-335 at Eglaine, on the Latvian side of the border on the Daugavpils - Radviliskis freight-only line.
Photograph taken on 11/05/2012 at 13:52
Lithuanian Railways TEP70-335 back in Latvia at Jelgava, having used the Siauliai - Jelgava freight-only border crossing.
Photograph taken on 11/05/2012 at 19:29
Latvian Railways M62-1093 takes over from TEP70-335 at Jelgava for the final run into Rīga.
Photograph taken on 11/05/2012 at 19:38
End of the tour: Latvian Railways M62-1093 at Rīga.
Photograph taken on 11/05/2012 at 21:02

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