The Anonymous Widower

Lithuania To Germany Intermodal Service To Launch In April

duiThe title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Railway Gazette.

These are the first two paragraphs.

Lithuanian national railway’s freight business LTG Cargo is to launch a service carrying containers and semi-trailers from the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal to Duisburg in Germany on April 4.

Trains with a capacity of up to 36 semi-trailers and containers will run thrice-weekly on the 1 500 km route. This will be LTG Cargo’s first westward service operating in three countries, with operations in Poland and Germany handled by its LTG Cargo Polska subsidiary.tail

These are more information and my thoughts.

The Route

The route appears to follow a route from Kaunas to Warsaw via

Note.

  1. The links on the names are to the town’s Wikipedia entry.
  2. The border between Lithuania and Poland is between Mockava ans Suwalki.
  3. There are freight yards and change of gauge facilities at Šeštokai and Mockava.

Some of these towns are probably worth a visit, especially if like me, you have Jewish ancestors from the area.

My father’s great-great-grandfather possibly came from Konigsberg in East Prussia and arrived in the UK around 1800.

The Russian And Standard Gauge Solution

Consider.

  • Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have Russian gauge railways which is 1520 mm.
  • Poland, Germany, France, Italy and the UK have standard gauge railways, which is 1435 mm.

The solution has been to build between Kaunus and Šeštokai, to build Russian gauge and standard gauge tracks side by side.

Kaunas Intermodal Terminal

This Google Map may show the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal.

Note the rail yards in the middle of the map, have both Russian and standard gauge tracks.

Rail Baltica

The route taken is the standard gauge route of Rail Baltica, which is an EU project.

  • It will run between Helsinki and Warsaw.
  • Intermediate stops will be Pärnu, Riga, Riga International Airport, Panevėžys, Kaunas and Bialystok
  • Vilnius will be served by a branch from Kaunus.
  • The line will be double track.
  • The line will be electrified with 25 KVAC overhead.
  • Passenger trains will operate at up to 249 kph.
  • Freight trains will operate at up to 120 kph.
  • A tunnel will be built later between Helsinki and Tallinn.

Completion of the route between Warsaw and Tallinn is planned for 2026.

Rail Baltica I

Rail Baltica I is the first section of the route to be opened and is described like this in Wikipedia.

The name Rail Baltica is also sometimes used to mean the first phase of European gauge railway construction from the Poland-Lithuania border to Kaunas in Lithuania.

It opened in October 2016.

The new freight service will use this route to connect to Bialystok and Warsaw.

Conclusion

I have been on the roads in this area of Poland and rail freight services are needed to take the pressure off the roads.

March 31, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. So in a way your father’s great-great-grandfather could have been just like the Ukrainian refugees now, only it would have been as a result of the final partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth largely as caused by Russia and Prussia exerting their territorial interests in the region. How history echoes through time.
    I’ll bet that your ancestors didn’t have to get a visa to enter the UK, though.
    Good to have mention of the expansion of standard gauge throughout the EU as well. It should be great for improved passenger and freight logistics.

    Comment by fammorris | April 1, 2022 | Reply

  2. My great-great-great grandfather had to leave Konigsberg in East Prussia, as he was Jewish, male, eighteen and not a member of a privileged family. He had just finished his apprenticeship as a tailor and as Konigsberg was a Hanseatic League city, he probably jumped on a ship and ended up in Bexley.

    When you watch, Who Do You Think You Are?, most Jewish immigrants seem to be later, but anti-Semitism has been rife in the Baltic for well over two hundred years.

    I’m an atheist, but a few years ago, I helped a well-known Orthodox Jew with his memoirs and it was surprising how much of the family philosopher has been handed down from my one Jewish ancestor.

    Comment by AnonW | April 1, 2022 | Reply


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