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Baltic States Agree To Develop Plan To Railway Network’s Conversion According To EU Standards

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Baltic News Network.

These are the first two paragraphs.

During a meeting of European transport ministers in Brussels, participants agreed that all member states the railway network of which differs from the EU standard, have until 2025-2026 to develop a plan to transition to 1 435 mm. This applies to Latvia as well, as reported by Ministry of Transport.

Latvia and other Baltic States still have railway networks built in accordance with Russian standard of 1 520 mm, whereas the majority of other European countries have railway standard of 1 435 mm. This is also the standard that will be used for the Rail Baltica line.

I have some thoughts.

  1. Putin won’t like it, as his trains won’t fit the gauge, so it will cramp his invasion plans.
  2. Will gauge change apply to Spain and Ireland?
  3. If the Irish Republic converts, will Ulster say no? Undoubtedly they will!
  4. Will it also apply to trams, as there are quite a few metre gauge tramways.

I doubt that it will ever happen everywhere.


December 6, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. 1. Good.
    2. Spain possibly, but they use dual gauge trains. Ireland unlikely as it is an island not connected to anything. Dublin trams are standard gauge.
    3. The NI Unionists want tNI to be more like GB, so I would presume they would favour this.
    4. Dunno, trams are usually lighter, often smaller and usually run fairly slowly (e.g. GWR Firefly could AVERAGE 80kmph in 1840, whereas the top speed of Edinburgh trams is 70kmph nearly two centuries later)

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | December 6, 2022 | Reply

    • Ireland is a difficult one. I had a pointless discussion with a Northern Irish railwayman, who was adamant that Ireland should keep its gauge as it is safer.

      But surely, Ireland pays through the nose for its trains.

      I know Dublin fairly well and like many cities, it is ideal for trams. But having two different gauges rules out tram-trains, which could suit the city well.

      Comment by AnonW | December 6, 2022 | Reply

  2. It is easier to convert to dual gauge. I believe a ppart of the Trans-Siberian was once dual gauge. Its not often that the EU agree with the UK these days. Good old Imperial system!

    Comment by jagracer | December 6, 2022 | Reply

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