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April 30, 2018

Electric Locomotive No. 11 – “Rosiníko” (Red Nicholas)

Built: 1975

Class/serial no.: Komiizaar/KV538223E

Length: 20m

Weight:  100 tonnes

Power: 1500kW

Max speed: 165 kph

Mythology is ever-present in our culture. It’s no surprise, then, to find among the locomotives one named for a mythical figure. In the case of No. 11 Locomo...

April 19, 2018

Built: 1974

Class/serial no.: Komiizaar/KV538207E

Length: 20m

Weight:  100 tonnes

Power: 1500kW

Max speed: 165 kph


Nmr. 10 Lokomotiv, “The Square of the Resistance” is rolling past you.  Have your pen at the ready.  Make sure to enter the serial number in your notebook before you slip it back into the pocket of your all-wea...

April 16, 2018

Built: 1972

Class/serial no.: Komiizaar/KV538196E

Length: 20m

Weight: 100 tonnes

Power: 1500kW

Max speed: 165 kph


As we have seen, it’s common practice also to name locomotives after landmarks of national significance, “Liit-Uuniivrsitat”, “Juutszamokk”, “Tuurziilt”…  Nmr. 9 Lokomotiv recalls the main post office building i...

April 11, 2018

Built: 1961

Class/serial no.: Voltaa/VZ687324E

Length: 19m

Weight: 95 tonnes

Power: 900kW

Max speed: 135 kph


Passengers are reminded that for their safety and comfort, this is a no-smoking train.  Smoking is not permitted anywhere onboard this train... 

During the time of the People’s Semi-autonomous Republic, only one...

April 8, 2018

Built: 1966

Class/serial no.: Valtikk/VZ447313E

Length: 19m

Weight: 85 tonnes

Power: 1250kW

Max speed: 145 kph


Our locomotives often carry names of historical figures. In this case, it’s the nineteenth century nationalist, Toomas Topp. Previous examples include “Kunikk Jaan-Friidrikk”, “Edvardis Kedrusavnas” and “Kaarel Be...

April 5, 2018

Built: 1958

Class/serial no.: Voltaa/VZ672803E

Length: 19m

Weight: 95 tonnes

Power: 900kW

Max speed: 135 kph



As the 1970s turned to the 1980s, our rolling stock became a laughing stock to our neighbours in the West. The state lacked funds to replace older units and so some of our locomotives were forty or more years old....