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The first railway lines in Lithuania were build in 1857. The first train arrived in Vilnius on the 4th of September, 1860. At that time Lithuania was still a part of the Russian Empire. Since 1990, Lithuanian Railways have been part of the Baltic Railways belonging to the USSR. On the 1st of January, 1992 Lithuanian Railways was reorganized as a state enterprise.

Lithuanian Railways became a member of OSJD on 1 June 1992 and a member of the UIC on 9 June 1992.

The total network is 2001 km, 1811 km of which is of 1520 mm gauge, 21.8 km are European Standard, 1435 km of double track and 122 km electrified lines. The railway network density in Lithuania is 3.1 km per 100 km2, with 5.4 km of track per 10,000 inhabitants. Freight is handled in seven yards, three of them having mechanised sorting humps.

Freight is received at 97 stations and passenger tickets are sold at 157 stations. Lithuanian Railways have 2 locomotives, 1 diesel and 3 wagon depots. Its park has 234 passenger and freight engines as well as 104 shunting locomotives, 56 diesel and 13 electric trains, and 336 passenger cars and 13,138 freight wagons. Lithuanian Railways employs 17,844 people.

Goods are carried by Lithuanian Railways via the Klaipeda-Mukran ferry and the port of Klaipeda in various closed and open wagons, tanks, containers, refrigerators, etc.

The freight terminal in Sestokai has been in operation since 1993. At present 27 wagons can be accepted there for unloading. There are facilities for covered wagon loading and unloading. Goods to Poland, Austria, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic are sent from Sestoka, and goods from Western Europe are sent to the CIS, Baltic and Scandinavian countries.

Vilnius is connected not only with the main cities of the Republic, but also with many cities of the world.

Vilnius railway station.

    The Conference of Transport Ministers of European Countries in 1994 in Crete stated that the interests of Lithuania should be taken into account when developing international East and Central European transport corridors. For instance, the first such corridor (North-South) is to link Helsinki and Warsaw through Tallinn, Riga and Kaunas. The ninth corridor, linking Plovdiv and Helsinki by means of its branch IXB starting in Kiev and crossing Minsk, will reach Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda. The IXD branch of the corridor will be developed to link Klaipeda and Kaliningrad through Kaunas.

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