JANUARY 9, 2007

 
       

ESTONIA:   Eesti Raudtee
(Estonian Railways)




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Westbound oil train at Tapa

Kopli yard, Tallinn

Test run of used American GE locos at Narva

   



   
 
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Background

In 1870, the first railway in Estonia was opened between Paldiski - Tallinn - Narva - Gatchina, connecting with the St. Petersburg - Warsaw railways.  In 1931 the Tartu-Petseri broad gauge railway was completed, linking the Estonian ports with the interior of Russia and Ukraine. In 1992 the state-owned Eesti Raudtee ("EVR") was established from the former Baltic Railways administration of Soviet Railways.  EVR owns and operates approximately 500 miles (693 km) of five-foot gauge railway. EVR handles an annual average of 40 million tons of freight, with its major cargo being Russian petroleum products moving in unit trains to the ice-free Estonian ports on the Baltic Sea.  Independent operators provide passenger service using EVR's infrastructure under access agreements.  

In 1997 EVR prepared for a reorganization and privatization plan to transfer operations not connected with its main line of business.  Thus, EVR Ekspress was established to operate international passenger traffic between Estonia and Russia; Elektriraudtee operates Tallinn commuter trains on electrified lines; and Edelaraudtee operates all other internal passenger traffic with diesel trains and railroad freight on the Tallinn-Pärnu-Mõisaküla and Lelle-Viljandi lines.

On August 31, 2001 Baltic Rail Services ("BRS") purchased a controlling 66% interest in EVR. BRS investors included Rail World Inc. (USA); Emerging Europe Infrastructure Fund (UK); Ganiger Invest OÜ (Estonian entrepreneurs); RDC; and until 2003 Jarvis Estonia BV (UK).  The Estonian government held the remaining 34% interest in EVR.

On January 9, 2007 EVR was re-nationalized when BRS completed the sale of its 66% interest back to the Estonian government, ending over five years of private sector management. 

Operating Statistics

Statistics as of December 31, 2008


Major Traffic Flows

Length
in Km.

Length
in Miles

Annual Tonnage

Locomotives

Wagons


Oil
Coal
Grain
Fertilizer
Containers
Timber

 
693
 

431

26.1 Million

98

3,405

 

System Map
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Click on thumbnail to view larger image of the Estonian Railways' system.




News
and Press Clips

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Photo Gallery
More photos of Estonian Railways' operations can be found in our Photo Gallery section.

In May 2002, Estonian rail history was made with the first delivery of used North American-built diesel locomotives, the Type C36-7s (ex-Union Pacific), built by General Electric Transportation Systems. In November 2002 delivery of the first Type C30-7s (ex-Conrail) arrived. View photos from this historic event (link will open a New Window).


Link to EVRclick to visit Estonian Railways in a new browser window
For more corporate details as well as the history of the railroad, please visit Estonian Railway's website at www.evr.ee (link will open a New Window).

Recommended Links

Estonian Railway Culture Foundation (English)
Eesti Raudteekultuuri Sihtasutus (Estonian)
  DVD by Revelation Video
 
  • "Estonia Vol. 1:  Privatization Pioneer" (60 minutes)

 

GE Locomotives in Estonia by Phil Wormald

  More EVR photos by Phil Wormald

 

Estonian rail photo gallery by railfans

  Estonian Railway Museum

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Eesti Raudtee
Toompuiestee 35
15073 Tallinn
ESTONIA

Telephone:
Fax:
E-Mail:
Website:

+372 615 8610
+372 615 8710
raudtee@evr.ee
www.evr.ee


EVR Ekspress
Toompuiestee 37
10133 Tallinn
ESTONIA

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Telephone:
Fax:
E-Mail:
Website:

+372 615 6722
+372 615 8674
evrekspress@evrekspress.ee

www.evrekspress.ee 


Operator of international passenger trains to Russia


Edelaraudtee
Kaare 25
72212 Türi
ESTONIA

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Telephone:
Fax:
E-Mail:
Website:

+372 38 57123
+372 38 57121

edel@edel.ee
www.edel.ee


Operator of domestic intercity passenger trains in Estonia


Elektriraudtee
Vabaduse pst 176
10917 Tallinn
ESTONIA

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Telephone:
Fax:
E-Mail:
Website:

+372 6 737 400
+372 6 737 440
info@elektriraudtee.ee
www.elektriraudtee.ee 


Operator of passenger trains to Tallinn's suburbs


 

 
 


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