Estonia - Edelaraudtee

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Since Estonia regained its independence and until 2013 all domestic long distance passenger traffic inside Estonia was taken care by the company Edelaraudtee (southern railroad). The trains were old Soviet time diesel multiple units of the types DR1, DR1A and DR1B. But when Estonia in 2013 got new Swiss FLIRT trains, they were all given for the company Elektriraudtee, which previously had only operated the Tallinn suburban electric railways. Elektriraudtee was renamed Elron and it pushed Edelaraudtee out of business from all its key routes. Only some cargo trains and infrastructure works remained. The old Soviet DR1 diesel units were later sold to Tadzhikistan.

This picture is from June 2013 when Edelaraudtee still operated all longer distance passenger trains. This is a DR1B unit. They were built by Rīgas Vagonbūves Rūpnīca in Riga, Latvia from 1963 onwards. Top speed was 120 km/h. Typical composition was one engine wagon, one steering cab wagon and two middle coaches. Picture at Tallinn Balti jaam station 9.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This is the steering cab end of a DR1 unit of Edelaraudtee. DR1s were built in several varieties and this one is of the newest subtype DR1Bj. Picture of a train ready to leave to Narva at Tallinn Balti jaam 9.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The same train as above, but now seen from the engine coach end. Picture at Tallinn Balti jaam 21.8.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.


An Edelaraudtee DR1Bj at the station of Valka (Valga), on the Valka-Tartu service. Valka is the border station between Estonia and Latvia and is served by both countries trains. Picture in Valka 26.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Edelaraudtee also has an old Soviet Russian shunter of the class Tschme3, which it used in track construction works trains. Here it is seen in 2004 in Tallinn, but it was still in use at least in April 2017. Picture by Tallinn Balti Jaam 17.10.2004 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Another Tschme3 of Edelaraudtee at Tallinn Balti Jaam 31.3.2017. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.
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