Belarus (Byelorussia)

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New class DP3 diesel multiple units of the Belarussian state railways. Belarussian and Lithuanian state railways run jointly the route Vilnius - Minsk four times a day, two with Lithuanian trains and two with Belarusian trains. The Belarusian trains are these brand new DP3 diesels. They are built by Pesa in Poland. Picture 2.4.2017 in Vilnius by Ilkka Siissalo.

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In older times passenger traffic between Vilnius in Lihuania and Minsk in Belarus took place using traditional Soviet Russian express train coaches. This is a postal wagon of such a train, owned by BCh, Belarus state railways. Picture in Vilnius, Lithuania 15.9.2007 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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This was the whole passenger train of Belarus railways in 2007, here soon ready to leave towards Minsk. Picture in Vilnius, Lithuania 15.9.2007 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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There is frequent and heavy cargo traffic from Belarus right through Latvia and Lithuania to and from the Latvian and Lithuanian Baltic Sea ports. Much of this traffic is run by Belarussian trains. Here a Belarussian state railways old giant of the class 2TE10M is just approaching the Latvian small station of Naujene. On the left an empty Russian crude oil train en route back to Russia via Latvia and Belarus. Picture in Naujene 27.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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The 2TE10M giant with its train is coming closer. Picture in Naujene 27.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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...and when the machine gets really close the noise is incredible and you start realising how huge these machines are. Picture in Naujene 27.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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The 2TE10M was built in the USSR in Luhanskteplovoz and Malyshev factories from 1981 until present in over 2400 copies, but the basic design dates back already to 1958. It is a 2x6 axle double locomotive with a top speed of 100 km/h and it is used only in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Latvia. Picture in Naujene 27.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Standing by the side when a 2TE10M is running past is a deafening experience. Picture in Naujene 27.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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...and they also pull some pretty impressive trains, typically with some 45-50 four axle coaches. This one was loaded with coal. Picture in Naujene 27.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Side view of another Belarussian state railways 2TE10, this time the variant 2TE10MK, which has only been built in 20 copies. Picture in Naujene 27.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Yet another Belarussian 2TE10M, this time with an empty coal train with 48 four axle coaches. Picture in Naujene 27.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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From this side it's easier to understand how huge the locomotive is. Picture in Naujene 27.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Sometimes it IS a good idea to stop in front of the red light. A Belarussian 2TE10M passing. Picture in Naujene 27.6.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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