Trip to Latvia and Lithuania - May 2012

General Notes

This trip was organised by PTG Tours, though I arranged the travel to and from Latvia myself.

For other general notes, and the meanings of the abbreviations, go to the Reports index page.

Operating Company Abbreviations:

Place Arrive Depart Train Traction details & notes

Saturday 5th May 2012

Timperley   06:03 RM tram 1014
Piccadilly 06:29 06:55   VT EMU 390003
London Euston 09:04 09:17   LUL Victoria Line
London Victoria 09:28 09:45 SR EMU 442418
Gatwick Airport (LGW) 10:18 13:10 BT652 Air Baltic YL-BBJ B737-300
Rīga Airport (RIX) 16:50   bus to Hotel

Overnight at Tallink Hotel Rīga, 24 Elizabethes, Rīga LV-1050 (2 nights)

Sunday 6th May 2012

Rīga   08:30 978 LDz DL TEP70-0204 (photo)
Gulbene 12:10 13:00 694 GAb DL TU2-273 (750mm gauge) [including shunt from depot to station] (photo photo)
Alūksne (photo) 14:25 15:25 693 GAb DL TU2-273 (photo at Paparde)
Gulbene (photo) 16:45 17:45 977 LDz DL TEP70-0204
Rīga 21:48      

Overnight at Tallink Hotel Rīga, Rīga

Monday 7th May 2012

Rīga   08:20 978/977 LDz DL M62-1198
via Skulte (run round, photo photo) - Lilaste - Jāņavārti (run round) - Rīga - Tukums-1 - Usma
Ventspils 16:55      
Park Railway "Mazbānītis" (full system tour)   18:30 - 19:55   SL MI-631 (600mm gauge) (photo)

Overnight at Hotel Dzintarjura, Ganību iela 26, Ventspils, LV-3601

Tuesday 8th May 2012

Ventspils   09:00 978/977 LDz DL M62-1198 (photo)
via Spāre (photo) - Tukums-2 - Jelgava - Reņģe (run round) - Glūda (run round) - Ilmaja
Liepāja 20:30    

Overnight at Liva Hotel, Lielā iela 11, Liepāja, LV-3401

Wednesday 9th May 2012

Liepāja (photo)   09:00 978/977 LDz DL M62-1198
via Jelgava - Iecava - Krustpils (photo) - curve from Km.387 - Daugavpils šķirotava (run round) - Km.533 - "southern" river bridge - Km.3 - Griva (run round, photo) - Km.5 - Svente - Ilūkste (run round) - Svente - Km.5 - Km.3 - "southern" river bridge - Km.533
Daugavpils 22:15      

Note: the return journey from Svente to Daugavpils should have been via the "northern" river bridge, which sees no passenger services. The train was running quite late, and it was explained that the diversion via the "southern" bridge, which is the quicker route, was to save some time. We were booked to use the "northern" river bridge again on Friday.

Overnight at Park Hotel Latgola, Gimnāzijas iela 46, Daugavpils, LV-5401 (2 nights)

Thursday 10th May 2012

Daugavpils (photo photo photo)   08:18 978/977 LDz DL 2TE10U-0184
via Aglona (photo) - Rēzekne-1 - Rēzekne-2 - Zilupe (run round, photo photo) - Rēzekne-2 (photo) - Kārsava (run round, photo) - Rēzekne-1 (run round) - Krustpils (run round, photo)
Daugavpils 18:24     followed by depot visit (photo photo photo photo photo)

Overnight at Park Hotel Latgola, Daugavpils

Friday 11th May 2012

Daugavpils (photo photo)   08:45 978/977 LDz DL 2TE10M-3422 (photo)
via Indra (run round, photo)
* Daugavpils 12:50 13:20 LG DL TEP70-0335 (photo)
via Km.533 - "southern" river bridge - Km.3 - Km.5 - Eglaine (photo) - Rokišķis (photo) - Subačius (photo) -Gustonys (photo) - Radviļiškis (photo photo photo photo)
* Jelgava (photo) 19:36 20:06   LDz DL M62-1093 (photo)
Rīga (photo) 21:00    

Note: again, we failed to do the "booked" route via the "northern" river bridge, this time reportedly due to "technical reasons".

Overnight at Tallink Hotel Rīga, 24 Elizabethes, Rīga LV-1050

Saturday 12th May 2012

Tallink Hotel Rīga   09:05   Taxi to airport
Rīga Airport (RIX) 09:25 11:35 BT651 Air Baltic YL-BBJ B7373-300
Gatwick Airport (LGW) 12:25 13:35 SR EMU 442406
London Victoria 14:05 14:15 LUL Victoria Line
London Euston 14:25 15:00 VT EMU 3900??
Manchester Piccadilly 17:07 17:20 RM tram ????
Timperley 17:45    

Summary

Another excellent railtour organised by PTG Tours - many thanks to Phil Wormald and Marion Matthews - except for one missed freight-only line.......

Copyright © 2012 Paul Steane.