July 11, 2018

50 Rare Photos That Show the Building of the Pskov-Riga (Russian Empire) Railway in the 19th Century

The building of the Pskov-Riga Railway with its branch line from Valga to Tartu started on the initiative of the Russian Ministry of War in 1886. Most of the buildings on the railway were constructed based on standard plans, thus they look indistinguishably similar.

The construction of the railway line was finished and opened for transport in 1889. The largest junction of the line was in Valga, where also the main depot and workshops were situated.

These photographs from National Archives of Estonia mostly originate from a 50 page large-format album by the photographers Hugo Hoffers and Peter Sohnwald, both of whom had worked in Tartu as well as Riga.

Railway bridge over the Velikaya River (Riga Bridge), construction of the pillars, August 26, 1886

Railway bridge over the Laatre River, September 25, 1887

Railway bridge over the Rauna River, after the end of construction, September 24, 1887

Railway bridge over the Rauna River, construction of the pillars, 1887

Railway bridge over the Väike Emajõgi River during construction, September 1, 1887

Railway bridge over the Väike Emajõgi River, construction of the deck, September 25, 1887

Railway bridge over the Velikaya River (Riga Bridge), construction of the deck, July 21, 1888

Tartu train station, rail side view, May 24, 1888

Čiekurkalns (Marshalling Yard) train station in Riga, June 12, 1889

House of the railway guard by Strenči, August 18, 1889

Overpass over the railroad by the Līgatne train station, September 12, 1889

Pechory train station, June 16, 1889

Pumping station at the Cēsis train station, August 5, 1889

Pumping station at the Sangaste train station, June 3, 1889

Railroad overpass over the Riia Street in Tartu, November 23, 1889

Railroad through the Amata Hollow, June 14, 1889

Railroad tracks through the Lasva Wetlands, June 15, 1889

Railroad tracks through the Vastseliina Wetlands, June 15, 1889

 Railway bridge over the Amata River, June 20, 1889

Railway bridge over the Ärnu River, November 4, 1889

Railway bridge over the Elva River, June 15, 1889

Railway bridge over the Gauja River, August 12, 1889

Railway bridge over the Jugla River, June 12, 1889

Railway bridge over the Väike Emajõgi River, after the end of construction, June 3, 1889

 Railway bridge over the Velikaya River (Riga Bridge), front view after the end of construction, May 26, 1889

Railway bridge over the Velikaya River (Riga Bridge), side view after the end of construction, May 26, 1889

Railway culvert by Valga, June 5, 1889

 Railway culvert over the Līgatne River, June 12, 1889

Railway culvert over the Lorupe River, September 14, 1889

Tartu train station, street side view, July 23, 1889

 The large railroad workers house by Ieriķi, June 13, 1889

The small railroad workers house by the Ozol tavern (Ozolkrogs), September 12, 1889

Valga train station, street side view, August 14, 1889

Water tower at the Cēsis train station, August 4, 1889

Water tower at the Elva train station, June 15, 1889

Water tower at the Võru train station, June 25, 1889

Zemitāni (Alexander Gate) train station in Riga, June 12, 1889

Cēsis train station, September 15, 1890

 Locomotive depot at the Čiekurkalns (Marshalling Yard) train station in Riga, June 12, 1890

Main depot of the Pskov-Riga Railway in Valga, April 30, 1890

Pskov II train station, August 9, 1890

Railroad tracks through the Rauna Ravine, September 17, 1890

Railway bridge over the Abuls River, May 29, 1890

Railway bridge over the Piusa River, June 16, 1890

Railway bridge over the Tuderna Creek, June 16, 1890

Valga train station, rail side view, August 30, 1890

Valmiera train station, May 24, 1890

Võru train station, August 11, 1890

Workshops of the Pskov-Riga Railway in Valga, April 30, 1890

 Rail accident by Puka, May 2, 1897






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