Gulbene - Alūksne railway is the only operational narrow
gauge railway in Baltic countries with regular passenger
services between two district centres. Since 3 January 2002
train services have been provided by the private Railway
Company "Gulbenes - Alūksnes Banitis" in route Gulbene -
Alūksne. The Company is acting in accordance with
Rail Transport Law. Passenger rights are safeguarded by
Regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 of the European Parliament
and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on rail passengers'
rights and obligations.
Two daily return train services provide regular passenger
traffic on this route. The journey of 33 km from Gulbene to
Alūksne takes one hour and 25 minutes, but the return trip
is 5 minutes faster. During the trip the train stops at
Stāmeriene, Kalniena and Umernieki, but also by request at
Birze, Pūriņi, Dunduri, Paparde and Vējiņi train stops.
Scheduled trains may be hauled by Russian built diesel
locomotives of classes TU2 (built in 1950s) or TU7A (built
in 1980s). Carriages include Russian and Polish built stock,
each of which comfortably seats between 24 and 40 passengers.
Carriages are heated during winter time, all carriages have
As far facilities on narrow gauge train unfortunately has
not an accepted standard for access of disabled passengers
yet, but train staff has a legal duty to make reasonable
adjustments to accommodate disabled passengers.
Tickets are available on the train. Children under 7 travel
free. Fare at a discount for those who buy tickets for five
or ten trips.