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History

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First proposals for narrow gauge railway line Plavinas - Valka.

Vidzeme Branch Line Railway Company founded.
Construction project approved, and construction work started.

Provisional freight and passenger traffic services commenced.

Line Plavinas - Gulbene - Alūksne - Ape - Valka officially opened for general usage on 15th of August.

Plavinas - Gulbene section transferred to the Russian Ministry of Transport and rebuilt for military purposes to broad gauge.

Railway used by Estonian Army.

Operations begun under control of Latvian Railway Administration.
Traffic resumed on the Gulbene - Alūksne section.

Entire line reopened for traffic.

Halt opened at Umernieki.

Umernieki station built.

Interchange established with a broad-gauge line at Gulbene station.

Traffic resumed on the Gulbene - Ape section after war damage.

Ape - Valga section opened for traffic.
Usage of TU2 diesel locomotives started.

Valga - Ape section closed for traffic.

Ape - Alūksne section closed for traffic.

Railway recognized as historical monument of local significance.

Passenger traffic temporarily suspended.
Three new passenger wagons, built by Demihova factory in Russia, introduced.

Two new TU7A diesel locomotives introduced.

Operations begun under control of the state enterprise "Latvijas dzelzcels" in state of USSR ruled Baltic railway.

Freight traffic withdrawn on the line.

Letter of Intent on co-operation to preserve the railway signed.

Railway recognized as a historic heritage of national significance.

State subsidy payments for passenger traffic on the Gulbene - Alūksne railway begun.

First Narrow-Gauge Railway Festival.

Operating company "Gulbenes - Alūksnes Banitis" Ltd founded by enthusiasts and municipalities.
Company becomes a member of European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways (Fedecrail).
A license, approving company's competence to manage passenger traffic, and a security certificate received.

Passenger services begun on the narrow-gauge railway by the company "Gulbenes - Alūksnes Banitis".

Agreement reached for steam locomotive Kč-4-332 to be transported from the Lavasaare Railway Museum in Estonia.
EU "Culture 2000" SteamRail.Net project launched.
Centenary of the Gulbene - Alūksne railway marked by the traditional Festival.

Latvian Cultural Heritage Prize awarded to the company "Gulbenes - Alūksnes Banitis".
President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga visits to railway.

Restoration of steam locomotive Kč–4–332 "Marisa" completed and a passing-track constructed at Kalniena station within the framework of the SteamRail.Net project.

Agreement on long-term cooperation with Estonian Museum Railway in Lavassaare regarding mutual usage of steam locomotives signed.
Steam locomotive Gr-319 transported from Estonian Museum Railway in Lavassaare.

Restoration of Russian-built freight wagon; permission received to resume operation of mixed good-passenger trains.

Comes into effect amendments of the Railway Law, which determines status of heritage railway for Gulbene - Aluksne narrow gauge railway.
Accomplished restoration of the Gr-319 class steam engine and engine named "Ferdinands".

Provisional freight and passenger traffic services commenced at Alūksne station in 1902
Provisional freight and passenger traffic
services commenced at Alūksne station
in 1902

Steam engines at the depot of Gulbene in beginning of 20th century
Steam engines at the depot of Gulbene
in beginning of 20th century

Umernieki station built in 1937
Umernieki station built in 1937

First narrow gauge train on the new-built track at Gulbene broad gauge station in 1938
First narrow gauge train on the new-built
track at Gulbene broad gauge station
in 1938

Locomotive depot of Gulbene Badly damaged during the air raid in 1944
Locomotive depot of Gulbene badly
damaged during the air raid in 1944

First TU2 series diesel locomotives in Latvia at Gulbene depot
First TU2 series diesel locomotives
in Latvia at Gulbene depot

Heads of municipalities opening the first route of "Gulbenes - Alūksnes Banitis" on 3rd January 2002
Heads of municipalities opening the first
route of "Gulbenes - Alūksnes Banitis"
on 3rd January 2002

Inauguration of the steam engine Kč-4-332 "Marisa" on 17th June 2005
Inauguration of the steam engine
Kč-4-332 "Marisa" on 17th June 2005

Testing of Russian-built freight wagon after completed restoration in 2010
Testing of Russian-built freight wagon
after completed restoration in 2010

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