In 2023, the OSJD Commission on Transport Policy and Development Strategy continued its work on the formation of a uniform railway transport policy of the OSJD member countries with regard to the implementation of comprehensive measures aimed at the improvement of traffic and development of the OSJD transport corridors
In 2023 the work on the development of international passenger traffic in the post-pandemic period continued on the railways of the OSJD member countries. The outcomes of this work, as well as many other issues and tasks related to the organisation and operation of international passenger traffic were discussed at the final meeting of the OSJD railways representatives to consider the results of the work of the OSJD Commission on Passenger Traffic for 2023.
From 7 to 9 November 2023 in the OSJD Committee (Warsaw) the experts and representatives of the railways of the OSJD member countries, OSJD affiliated enterprises and international organisations gathered again for the final meeting of the OSJD Commission on Infrastructure and Rolling Stock in order to consider the results of activities for the previous year and to define further tasks for the next period.
A new railway passenger service opened between the capitals of Latvia and Lithuania (according to LTG Link)
Starting from 27 December 2023, a new daily passenger train service started on the route Vilnius – Kaišiadorys – Siauliai – Joniškis – Jel- gava – Riga and in the opposite direction. The new route immediately aroused great interest among passengers, who managed to purchase more than 2000 tickets on the Vilnius-Riga route just a few days before the first train departure.
The negotiations were held in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashghabat, between the heads of the railway administrations of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan The Acting General Director of the Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA), Bakhturahman Sharafat, accompanied by the ARA delegation, arrived in the capital of Turkmenistan on 30 November to participate in the negotiations.
The OSJD has recently paid more and more attention to the issues of introduction and development of modern information technologies in order to provide a higher level of service and increase the competitiveness and efficiency of the railways.
Official opening of a new transshipment terminal at the Wola Baranowska LHS station (according to PKP LHS)
The PKP LHS LLC (PKP Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa) has officially put into operation a transshipment terminal located at the Wola Baranowska LHS station in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship in south-eastern Poland.
The first freight mainline electric locomotive 3ES8 “Malachite” handed over to the RZD OJSC (according to information of Ural Locomotives LLC)
The Russian Railways OJSC received the first mainline electric locomotive produced by the Ural Locomotives LLC, which is planned to be used on the section of St. Petersburg – Babaevo – Ust-Luga of the Oktyabrskaya Railway.
The new electric locomotive “Malachite” is rightfully the flagship among the new generation of freight locomotives: heavy-duty, reliable and economical, incorporating the most modern technical solutions. The 3ES8 loco is equipped with a Russian-made asynchronous traction drive, which is in many ways superior to its foreign analogues.
The regular meeting of the OSJD Committee members No. 6/2023 was held on 12 December 2023 in a hybrid format. As part of the agenda, members of the OSJD Committee reviewed and adopted the reports on:
More information on the results achieved in the work of the OSJD Commission on Freight Traffic in 2023 and on the OSJD tasks to be carried out in the field of freight traffic in 2024