Eesti Raudtee

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AS Eesti Raudtee
Type State owned
Industry Transport
Founded 1992
Headquarters Tallinn, Estonia
Area served Estonia
Products Freight trains
Parent Government of Estonia
Website www.evr.ee
Eesti Raudtee
Locale Estonia
Track gauge 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in)
Headquarters Tallinn

Eesti Raudtee or EVR is the national railway company of Estonia. It owns a network of 691 kilometres (429 mi) of broad gauge (1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in)) railway throughout the country, including the 132 kilometres (82 mi) used by the Elektriraudtee commuter trains around Tallinn. Eesti Raudtee operates freight trains domestically and to Russia and Latvia. Its sole shareholder is the government of Estonia itself.

Since 2009 the rail infrastructure operator is EVR Infra.

History[edit]

After the independence of Estonia, the state-owned company Eesti Raudtee was founded on January 1, 1992, as the national railway company of Estonia. On August 31, 2001, 66% of the stock in the company was sold by the government to Baltic Rail Services (BRS),[1] part-owned by Railroad Development Corporation.[2]

Following an election in 2003, the new government changed the rules on open access rights and capped the level of track charges, which reduced the railway's viability.[3] The railway was bought back by the state in a transaction completed in January 2007.[4] In 2009 two new EVR's wholly owned subsidiaries were formed: EVR Infra, responsible for managing the railway infrastructure, and EVR Cargo, which took over the parent company's freight operations.[5]

Subsidiaries[edit]

  • EVR Infra (100%) – managing the railway infrastructure
  • EVR Cargo (100%) – freight transport

Rolling stock[edit]

#1517 GE C36-7i

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Estonian Railways: Corporate information: History". Eesti Raudtee. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  2. ^ "Former RDC operating entity". Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  3. ^ "EVR's private interlude is over". Railway Gazette International. 2007-02-01. 
  4. ^ Hanson, Martin (2006-09-15). "Raudtee tagasiost sai heakskiidu". Äripäev. Retrieved 2007-07-25.  (Estonian)
  5. ^ "About Estonian Railways". Eesti Raudtee. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "First Chinese-built locomotive shipped to an EU customer - Railway Gazette". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

Coordinates: 59°26′19″N 24°44′04″E / 59.438521°N 24.734393°E / 59.438521; 24.734393