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Vintage trains considering investing in narrow gauge line in Lithuania

Last week, the Mayor of Panevežys Rytis Račkauskas met Mark Gaskell,CEO of British business investment and consulting company Equity & Grant; Michael Whitehouse,Chairman of British railway company Vintage Trains; and Vismantas Užalinskas,Director of Aukštaitijos siaurasis geležinkelis (Narrow gauge railway of Aukštaitija). The meeting, which took place in Panevėžys, Lithuania, where the narrow gauge line is located, was set up to discuss British intentions to invest in the Narrow gauge line of Aukštaitija.

According to Mr Užalinskas, Panevėžys has a significant infrastructure and has one of the world's largest narrow gauge railway depots. In the near future, the Municipality of Panevėžys hopes to become a partial stakeholder of the narrow gauge line.

At this time, the potential of the line is not fully exploited, so the development of the narrow gauge railway would be beneficial for the county, and also for Lithuania.

The foreigner’s visit was a result of a presentation organised by representatives of the Narrow gauge railway of Aukštaitijatwo years ago in Ventspils, Latvia.

Equity&Grant helps companies to invest in Central, Northern and Eastern European countries. It has been working in Lithuania for 10 years. Vintage Trains aims to popularise historic railway tourism services, including organising tours by vintage steam trains, and also operates the Tyseley Locomotive Works in Birmingham, England.

After a visit to the Municipality, the potential investors visited the narrow gauge railway, examined the infrastructure, and promised to present their conclusions and proposals.

The journalists from Panevėžys region celebrated their professional day

1462795764 dsc 1548On the 6th of May, the members of Lithuanian Journalists Union, other journalists, working in Panevėžys County and guests have gathered to celebrate the Journalists’ Day. Among the guests there was the mayor of Panevėžys city Rytis Mykolas Račkauskas, also director of Panevėžys city municipality’s Administration Tomas Jukna, director of Panevėžys Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts Visvaldas Matkevičius, head of Public Information Association Ethics Commission Vaiva Žukienė, head of Juozas Miltinis drama theatre Linas Zaikauskas. "Thank you for the work you do, also for criticism when it is justified and makes to gear up, for a rare but deserved support. I wish you good works, and that the works would properly be valued by people. Let you have spicy attitude and energy. And we promise you more good topics", — said mayor R. Račkauskas and gave a basket full of fruit. One of the journalist — Daiva Baronienė — was awarded with engraved pen and acknowledgement for objective journalism.

The guests were introduced to Aukštaitija narrow gauge railway history, railway equipment; also they had the opportunity to ride railcars.

The entire evening Rolandas Meiliūnas, the head of Lithuanian Journalists Union (Aukštaitija division) and the vice-president of the chairman of Lithuanian Journalists Union, entertained the guests with French Ratatouille stew and baked media canard wings (they were well replaced by chicken wings).




MEP`s at Siaurukas

kirptaOn Sunday, Aukštaitija narrow gauge railway was visited by members of Europarliament Rebecca Harms, who is one of the leaders in the group of the Greens, and the member of the group Bronis Ropė. Missis Rebecca, working at Industry, Research and Energy Committee, was interested in Ekosiaurukas (solar power + electric batteries) project, which was presented by the head of Aukštaitija narrow gauge railway Vismantas Užalinskas. They discussed about the financing opportunities of the project. The MEPs experienced the great impressions riding the self-propelled electric rail carriage. The moments of photo session will be delivered to their colleagues in Europarliament.


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International forum`s participants visited narrow gauge railway

itms58Aukštaitija narrow gauge railway was visited by the participants of KTU international event "Forum on Innovative Technologies and Management for Sustainability'2016". They discussed about the international cooperation opportunities and new projects for updating the machinery fleet, also student training program. The foreign guests were interested in new built self-propelled electric rail carriage, and also they were amazed by the trial going.


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A trip by narrow gauge train and bikes "The cultural and nature treasures of Anykščiai town".

The trip by narrow gauge train and bikes was blessed by the sun and a godrain. Six carriages arrived to Anykščiai train station. The member of Council Lukas Pakeltis wished… Pleasant, meaningful and joyful visit under Anykščiai sky! And meaningful future journeys! Bicycle riders, led by the healthiest and most active cyclist in Aukštaitija region and likely in Europe Kazimieras Ilginis, went for a ride. The colourful stories of Raimondas Guobis about the natural and cultural values of Anykščiai town adorned the experiences of travelling. Tree-top walkway greeted by sunshine and unfading charm. "Great, meaningful and rich" — Kazimieras Ilginis described the trip.

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1st May!

Due to a technical failure the regular trip Anykščiai-Rubikiai-Anykščiai on the 1st of May won't be made.
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