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Narrow-gauge railway remains

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Hidden : 07/20/2009
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Unfortunately, no matter how hard I tried, I could not get decent information about the history of this narrow-gauge railway. If you happen to find more information, please, give me a not - I shall be happy to supplement this description.
In 1904 railway line leading from Ventspils to Jelgava and then Krustpils was unveiled. Yet later, during the World War I (in 1915) German army came to Latvia and occupied Jelgava city, therefore it was decided to build this narrow-gauge railway as it would connect Riga and Krustpils railways. However, this railway was never used because Jelgava was liberated sooner than the railway was finished.
The cache is located in the bridge that is built over the glen through which the railway passed. Currently only wooden bearings remain; though the track can be seen in maps (see (visit link) ) it is actually growing over.
When walking in the forest, please be advised of ticks. Climbing the bridge can also be risky because the old constructions are crumbly. On the upper constructions of the bridge you can see a kind of stalactites - formed by salt used on roads during the winter and water :)
[LAT]
Diemžel, lai ka ari centos atrast izsmelošu informaciju par šis dzelzcela linijas vesturi, tas neizdevas. Ja Jums izdodas atrast vairak vai konkretaku informaciju, ludzu, zinojiet, - noteikti papildinašu.
1904. gada atklaja dzelzcela liniju Ventspils-Jelgava-Krustpils. Velak, 1. Pasaules kara laika (1915. gada), kad Latvija ienaca vacu karaspeks tika nolemts buvet šo šaursliežu dzelzcela liniju, lai apietu ienemto Jelgavu un savienotu Rigas - Krustpils dzelzcelus. Tomer šis dzelzcelš ta ari netika izmantots, jo Jelgavu atbrivoja atrak neka uzbuveja šo dzelzcelu.
Slepnis atrodas tilta, kas ved pari gravai, kura šobrid atrodas vien šaursliežu dzelzcela paliekas - koka gultni. Dažas kartes šaursliežu linija ir skaidri redzama (skat. (visit link) ), tomer patiesiba ta strauji aizaug.
Staigajot pa mežu atcerieties par ercem, bet kapjot tilta pa stavajam nogazem esiet uzmanigi - vecas konstrukcijas ir slidenas. Pie tilta augšejam konstrukcijam var noverot savdabigus stalaktitus, kas, škiet, veidojušies no kaisita sals un udens sajaukuma :)

Update (24.08.2009.)
[LAT]
Visticamak koka gultni ir saglabajušies no nesenakiem laikiem, jo pat 80.-tajos gados šo dzelzcela posmu izmantoja - tas savienoja Cenas dzelzcela staciju un kiegelu rupnicu "Spartaks".
[ENG]
Most probably wooden bearings are not from beginning of 20th century. The railway was completed and used in Soviet times (even in 1980-ties), connecting Cenas railway station and brick factory "Spartaks".
Thanks to Lodzis for information!

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