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    Riga and the Latvian Railway Museum

    Author: John Oxlade, Salfords, Surrey, United Kingdom (email: )


    In January 2004 I visited Riga on a short-break. Whilst there I did a little railfanning, but as I was unable to make myself understood at the station I chose not to risk taking photographs there - especially as there were several policemen present. I don't actually know if they are suspicious of photographers but I chose not to risk it. I saw the express to Moscow leave punctually at 16:15 but other than that, station activity was restricted to EMUs whilst I was there. I thought it was pretty safe taking pictures of the bridge over the Daugava river and also at the Latvian Railway Museum, so here are some views of my visit:

    CENTRALA STACIJA (central station) is a rather uninspiring building really and inside looks much the same as most other modern stations.

    Upon leaving the station heading west, trains must cross the Daugava River on a bridge approx. 500m long. You can see people ice fishing as the river was completely frozen over.


    The Latvian Railway History Museum is only quite small and they have plenty of room for expansion. Most of the stock is kept outside, which long-term may not do it a great deal of good.

    52 036, built by Henschel in 1942. The Soviet Union obtained 2700 as reparations after World War II. Re-classified as class TE and re-gauged to 5' (1524mm) they were used in Latvia up until 1985.

    TE3-7193. 5' (1524mm) gauge twin-unit diesel. This example was built in Lugansk in 1971, to a design from 1953. The main diesel freight loco in the former Soviet Union in the 1960s, this design was built over a 20 year period. They operated in Latvia between 1967 and 1991.

    Inside the museum there is an H0-scale model railway based on real Latvian stations ...

    ... a number of inspection trolleys ...

    ... a 600mm gauge snowplough ...

    ... and a beheaded cab from a diesel loco.


    [ last updated 22nd January 2004 ]