Belarusian Railway

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Belarusian Railway
Беларуская чыгунка
Белорусская железная дорога
Logo br.png
MapBCh.png
Map of Belarusian Railway.      Minsk branch;      Baranavichy (Baranovichi) branch;      Brest branch;      Homiel (Gomel) branch;      Mahiliow (Mogilev) branch;      Viciebsk (Vitebsk) branch
Reporting mark BČ, BŽD
Locale Belarus
Dates of operation 1992–
Predecessor SZhD
Track gauge 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in)
Electrification 25 kV 50 Hz
Length 5,491 km (3,412 mi)
Headquarters Minsk
Website www.rw.by
Main station of Grodno
Stadler FLIRT in Minsk

The Belarusian Railway (BCh) (Belarusian: Беларуская чыгунка, Belaruskaya chyhunka, БЧ; Russian: Белорусская железная дорога.)[note 1] is the national state-owned railway company of Belarus. It operates all of the rail transport network in Belarus. As of 2005, the railway employs 112,173 people.

Overview[edit]

The company, formed in 1992 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, is one of the inheritors of the Soviet Railways. It administrates 5,512 km of railway with (1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in) Russian gauge). The railway's most important station is Minsk Terminal, the central station of the capital.

BCh reports to the ministry of transport and as of 2010 was composed of 84 organizations; 46 enterprises, 38 institutions, and 7 factories/plants.[2] The rail network is divided into 6 departments: named after the regions around Minsk, Baranovichi, Brest, Gomel, Mogilev and Vitebsk.[3]

Rolling stock[edit]

Electric locomotives
  • ChS4t; Co'Co' electric locomotive
  • VL80, BCG-1; twin unit (Bo'Bo')-(Bo'Bo') locomotives
Diesel locomotives
Passenger multiple units

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In the second decade of the 21st century the railway moved from using the Russian language for printed publications, to bilinguality - using Belarussian and Russian.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Яўген ВАЛОШЫН (29 January 2011), "Як папулярызуюць родную мову на Беларускай чыгунцы?", news.tut.by (in Belarusian) 
  2. ^ "Общие сведения", www.rw.by (in Russian) (Belarusian Railway), archived from the original on 5 May 2010 
  3. ^ "БЕЛОРУССКАЯ ЖЕЛЕЗНАЯ ДОРОГА: Отделения дороги", www.rw.by (in Russian) (Belarusian Railway), archived from the original on 26 May 2010 

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