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155 years pass since the opening of the first railway line in Latvia

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2016 marks 155 years since the opening of the first railway line in Latvia that connected Riga with Daugavpils. To celebrate this event, a special programme of events is organized at the Latvian Railway History Museum.

Throughout 2016, residents will be able to find out more about the history of Latvia’s railway by taking part in ‘Railway game. Then and now’ event or by attending a railway transports parade. It is also possible to have a look at railway uniforms during the Museum Night event. There will also be other activities organized this year. More information can be found at www.dzelzcelam155.lv, as reported by organizers.

The first railway in Latvia was opened to the public on 12 September 1861. It connected Riga with Daugavpils, known then as Dinaburg. It was a historic event that changed people’s lives in Latvia forever – cities started growing quickly, industry and trade started developing as well, new travel options opened up for people. Life in Latvia would not be the same without railway, which continues connecting people, cities and countries.

«155 is quite an age. Historic events that occurred over the course of this period of time have left their mark. Latvia’s railway has experienced its ups and downs, technological improvements, withstood competition other land transports. Latvia’s railway has also survived different political structures and management systems. Nowadays railway is not only an important form of transport for residents, but also an important addition to the country’s economy. For example, LDz’s turnover was more than EUR 420 million last year. Every year the railway carries 17 million passengers. I am happy that railway in Latvia continues to develop. I will continue existing throughout the ages as long as we continue using its opportunities effectively and adapt to new technologies. There are still many challenges and goals to achieve,» – notes Transport Minister Uldis Augulis.

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