Armenia

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The main railway station of Yerevan. Picture 18.6.2017 by Timo Varshukov.

In 2007 the government of the Republic of Armenia conducted a tendering process for the modernization and operation of Armenian Railways. Russian Railways RZD qualified as the only bidder and established South Caucasus Railway CJSC as a wholly owned subsidiary to run the former Armenian Railways. South Caucasus Railway inherited ca. 2000 freight cars, 58 passenger coaches, 85 locomotives and 30 electric trains. There is now an investment programme in place, allocating USD 225 million for the modernisation of infrastructures and rolling stock. CJSC has now 845 km of 1520 mm track. Electric system is 3kV DC.

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A switcher locomotive of the class CHME3 brings coaches of an international train to the station of Yerevan. Picture from Yerevan station 18.6.2017 by Timo Varshukov.

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A double electric locomotive of the old class VL10 is preparing to haul an express train from Yerevan to Batumi. Picture from Yerevan station 18.6.2017 by Timo Varshukov.

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Coaches of an international train from Yerevan to Batumi. Picture in Yerevan 18.6.2017 by Timo Varshukov.

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Inside view of a Yerevan to Batumi international train. Picture in Yerevan 18.6.2017 by Timo Varshukov.

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A local commuter train in Yerevan. It looks like it would be a modified class ER2 from Riga, Latvia. Picture in Yerevan 18.6.2017 by Timo Varshukov.

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No photographers on the narrow platform as the train is arriving ! In many places in former Soviet Union it still is not OK at all to take train pictures. Picture from Almast station in Yerevan in November 2011 by Pentti Yli-Karjanmaa.

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A local commuter train has just arrived from Sevan to the Almast station. The train is an old ER2, but still with the rounded old head style of the ER1's. These trains were built in Riga, Latvia in the early 1960s. Picture from Almast station in Yerevan in November 2011 by Pentti Yli-Karjanmaa.

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An old ER2 with the rounded fronts as they used to be in the early 1960s. This train was built in Riga, but these days this kind of trains can only be seen in railway museums in the Baltic states. The brown locomotive at the back is probably a VL10. Picture at Almast station in Yerevan in November 2011 by Pentti Yli-Karjanmaa.

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A nice closeup of the same ER2. Picture at Almast station in Yerevan in November 2011 by Pentti Yli-Karjanmaa.

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The inside of the same ER2 on line between Almast Yerevan and Sevan. Picture in November 2011 by Pentti Yli-Karjanmaa.

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Metro train of Yerevan. Note the train length of just two coaches. Picture in Yerevan 17.6.2017 by Timo Varshukov.

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In 2011 the metro trains of Yerevan were still unmodified. The orange one seen above seems to have at least received a new drivers' cab, but this one is still the original Soviet train. Picture in Yerevan in November 2011 by Pentti Yli-Karjanmaa.

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Typical Soviet style cargo wagons. In the background a very typical Hrustsev style living house, a so called "Hrustsevka". Note the small stop sign "secured" by two stones. Picture from the Almast station in Yerevan in November 2011 by Pentti Yli-Karjanmaa.

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New "TransWagon" oil wagons and white cooler wagons. Picture from the Almast station in Yerevan in November 2011 by Pentti Yli-Karjanmaa.
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