THE RAILWAYS IN LATVIA


1860.g. On the line St.Petersbourg-Warsaw 08.11.60 section Ritupe-Daugavpils was opened; 1862 Daugavpils-Zemgale (206 km); Constructed and exploited by Principal Russian rail society, from the 1894 - by the State;
1861.g. Line Riga-Daugavpils (218 km); Constructed and exploited by Riga-Dinaburg rail society, from the 1894 - by the State;
1866.g. On the line Daugavpils-Vitebsk section Daugavpils-Indra (76 km) was opened; Constructed and exploited by Riga-Dinaburg rail society, from the 1894 - by the State;

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Daugavpils-Indra
1868.g. Line Tornakalns-Jelgava (41 km), Constructed and exploited by Riga-Jelgava rail society, from the 1894 - by the State;

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Torņakalns-Jelgava
1871.g. On the line Liepaja-Kaisadoris section Liepaja-Vainode (67 km) was opened, Constructed and exploited by Liepaja rail society, from 1891 - by the State;

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Liepajas stacija

1872.g. Line Riga-Milgravis (10 km), Constructed and exploited by Riga-Dinaburg rail society, from 1891 - by the State;

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Raigas stacija

1873.g. Line Riga-Bolderaja (19 km), Constructed and exploited by Riga-Dinaburg rail society, from 1894 - by the State;

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Zasulauks-Bolderāja
1873.g. On the line Jelgava-Mazeiki section Jelgava-Renge (75 km) was opened, Constructed and exploited by Riga-Jelgava rail society, from 1894 - by the State;

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Jelgava-Reņģe
1877.g. Line Zasulauks-Tukums (58 km), Constructed and exploited by Riga-Tukums rail society, from 1891 - by the Riga-Dinaburg rail society, from 1895 - by the State;

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Zasulauks-Tukums
1889.g. On the line Riga-Pleskava section Riga-Valka (169 km) was opened, Constructed and exploited by the State

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Rīga-Valka
1897.g. On the line Valka-Pernava with 750 mm width gauge section Valka-Ipiki (66 km) was opened; Constructed and exploited by First Spur Track society, from 1918 by the State; Section Rujiena-Ipiki exploitation up to 1975. From 1981 section Rujiena-Ipiki with gauge width 1524 mm;
1900.g. Line Liepaja-Aizpute with gauge width 1000 mm (48 km); Constructed and exploited by Liepaja-Aizpute rail society, from 1938 - by the State (750 mm); exploitation up to 1964.
1901. - 1904.g. On the line Moscow-Ventspils sections Zilupe-Krustpils, Jelgava-Tukums-Ventspils, Jelgava-Krustpils (456 km) were opened; Constructed and exploited by Moscow-Ventspils-Ribinsk rail society, from 1918 - by the State;

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Rīga-Valka
1902.g. Line Abrene - Sita (67 km), Constructed and exploited by the State;
1903.g. On the line Valka-Plavinas with 750-mm gauge width sections Valka-Zuldini (14 km), Ape-Plavinas (162 km) were opened. Constructed and exploited by Vidzeme Spur Track society, from 1918 - by the State; section Plavinas-Gulbene 1916 was altered on 1524 mm gauge width. Exploitation Gulbene-Aluksne; Plavinas-Gulbene;

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Pļaviņas-Gulbene
Šaursliežu dzelzceļš
1903. - 1914.g. Riga node rebuilding, stations Riga-Precu, Riga-Krasta, lines Zemitani-Skirotava, Brasa-Ciekurkalns;
1912.g. Line Ainazi-Smiltene with 750 mm gauge width (114 km), Constructed and exploited by Valmiera Spur Track society, 1918- 1924 by the State. 1940 was nationalized, partial exploitation up to 1979;

WORLD WAR I

1915.g.

Line Priekule-Skuodas, section Priekule-Kaleti (21 km), German army;

1915.g.

Line Jelgava-Tilzite, section Jelgava-Meitene (33 km), German army;

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Jelgava-Meitene

1916.g

Line Ieriki-Gulbene (105 km), Russian army;

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Ieriķi-Gulbene

1916.g.

Line Sita-Aleksandrpole (12 km), Russian army, was used for the building of line Sita-Rezekne with 750 mm gauge width;

1916.g.

Line Ropazi-Endzelinmezs with 750 mm gauge width (18 km), Russian army, exploitation up to 1924;

1916.g.

Line Ropazi-Adazi with 600 mm gauge width (12 km), German army, was not exploited;

1916.g.

Line Ikskile-Kranciems with 600 mm gauge width (14 km), German army, was not exploited;

1916.g.

Line Meitene-Bauska with 600 mm gauge width (33 km), German army, exploitation up to 1963;

1916.g.

Line Dubeni-Rucava with 600 mm gauge width (41 km), German army, (from 1922 Liepaja-Rucava), 1932 was altered on 750 mm gauge width; exploitation up to 1960;

1916.g.

Line Aizpute-Saldus with 600 mm gauge width (65 km), German army, partial exploitation up to 1929;

1916.g.

Line Valtaiki-Laidi with 600 mm gauge width (19 km), German army, exploitation up to 1926;

1916.g

Ventspils narrow gauge network with 600 mm gauge width, Ventspils-Stende, Ciruli-Roja, Valdgale-Engure (210 km) constructed by German army, partial exploitation up to 1968;

1916.g.

Lines Jekabpils-Nereta, Silini-Akniste, Viesite-Daudzeva; Viesite narrow gauge network with 600 mm gauge width (114 km), German army, partial exploitation up to 1972

Beginning of August 5, 1919 all above mentioned line exploitation, excluding Liepaja-Aizpute, carry Latvian railway governing body.

1929.g. Line Gluda-Liepaja (164 km), State;

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Ieriķi-Gulbene
1934.g. Line Sita-Rezekne with 750 mm gauge width (79 km), State, exploitation up to 1965;
1934.g. Line Ventspils-Dundaga with 600 mm gauge width (51 km), State, partial exploitation up to 1963;
1934.g. Forestry lines with 600 mm gauge width, Ogre-Laubere, Incukalns-Allazi, Silini-Elksni, Plintini-Raukukrogs (104 km); State, passed to Forest Ministry;
1934.g. Line Pakalniesi-Kudupe (30 km), State, exploitation up to 1944;
1935.g. Line Liepaja-Kuldiga (98 km), State, section Liepaja-Alsunga 1944 altered to 1524 mm; Alsunga-Kuldiga exploitation up to 1974;
1935.g. Line Madona-Lubana (35 km), State; exploitation up to 1990;
1936.g. Line Krustpils-Jekabpils (4 km), State, exploitation up to 1944;
1937.g. Line Riga-Rujiena (140 km), State;

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Rīga-Rūjiena

WORLD WAR II

1940.g.

Latvian State railway incorporated into the USSR People commissariat of Transport;

1941.g.- 1944.g.

German army started to exploit the railway;

1944.g.

Line Alsunga-Ventspils (54 km), German army;

1944.g.

Latvian State Railway returned from evacuation;

1950.g

Electrified section Riga-Dubulti (later till Tukums);

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1953.g.

Latvian State Railway incorporated into Baltic railway undertake;

1956.g.

The Latvian railway undertake was established splitting Baltic railway;

1958.g.

Electrified section Riga-Saulkrasti (later till Skulte);

1959.g.

Electrified section Riga-Ogre (later till Aizkraukle);

1963.g.

Latvian State Railway incorporated into Baltic railway undertake again;

1972.g.

Electrified section Tornakalns-Jelgava;

1992.g.

Latvian Railway resumption.