Eesti Raudtee

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Eesti Raudtee
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
Website www.evr.ee

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 192 kilometres (119 mi) used by the Elron commuter trains around Tallinn. Eesti Raudtee operates freight trains domestically and to Russia and Latvia. Its sole shareholder is the Government of Estonia.

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, a consortium of Rail World (25.5%), Jarvis (25.5%), Railroad Development Corporation (5%), and OÜ Ganiger Invest, led by Estonian entrepreneurs Jüri Käo and Guido Sammelselg (44%).[1]

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. The railway was bought back by the state in a transaction completed in January 2007.[2][3][4] In 2009 two new EVR 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] This was to comply with European Union legislation.[6] In 2012 freight operator AS EVR Cargo was separated from Eesti Raudtee and EVR Infra was renamed Eesti Raudtee.[7]

Rolling stock[edit]

GE C36-7i 1517
  • 11 ChME3 shunters[8]
  • 4 TEM TMH locomotives[9]
  • 53 GE C36-7i locomotives[10]
  • 2 DF7G-E shunters Heavy diesel shunters based on class TEM18 built by BMZ (order for Chinese class DF7G-E cancelled), have replaced class 2TE116.[11][12]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]

Media related to Eesti Raudtee at Wikimedia Commons