Airite Railway Station in Kurzeme, Latvia, between Towns of Saldus, Skrunda and Kuldiga. Once active in transport, communication, an industrial heritage object, a testimony of time.

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About us

We are a group of family, friends and companions, united in the NGO “Airītes Stacija”.

In the past, it was an active, fully-fledged social center, later became a sad and abandoned place, which we are trying to bring back to life and the old days glory.

 

There has been joint work, concerts, events organized. We have opened a small exposition that helps to feel the pride and joy of generation of the thirties in creating a new life. Not only is it possible, it is even necessary to touch, get to know, try here! Great work was done in the station park – it was cleaned of thickets and a campfire site was created.

 

The park’s greenery plan has been developed, now it is possible to donate for planting a particular plant as a memorial to a person or event.

 

We created a small stage for outdoor concerts, the station’s warehouse is waiting to be turned into a hall for movie shows and other events.

 

We work on a voluntary basis thanks to the Cemex Opportunity Fund, SCCF, Kurzeme Planning Region, Saldus Municipality, and other supporters for works and cultural life at the station to be going on.

On November 11, 2015, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the station. Successfully completed station park cleaning works, good cooperation with other museums and industrial heritage enthusiasts has been established. With the support of Saldus TIC, it has been included in the route “Travel in Saldus Region” and has already become an unusual tourist object. We are open at the European Museum Night and have carried out our first cultural projects.

 

The INTERREG project for the preservation of industrial heritage and creation of the exposition is being implemented at the station.

About us

We are a group of family, friends and companions, united in the NGO “Airītes Stacija”.

In the past, it was an active, fully-fledged social center, later became a sad and abandoned place, which we are trying to bring back to life and the old days glory.

 

There has been joint work, concerts, events organized. We have opened a small exposition that helps to feel the pride and joy of generation of the thirties in creating a new life. Not only is it possible, it is even necessary to touch, get to know, try here! Great work was done in the station park – it was cleaned of thickets and a campfire site was created.

 

The park’s greenery plan has been developed, now it is possible to donate for planting a particular plant as a memorial to a person or event.

 

We created a small stage for outdoor concerts, the station’s warehouse is waiting to be turned into a hall for movie shows and other events.

 

We work on a voluntary basis thanks to the Cemex Opportunity Fund, SCCF, Kurzeme Planning Region, Saldus Municipality, and other supporters for works and cultural life at the station to be going on.

On November 11, 2015, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the station. Successfully completed station park cleaning works, good cooperation with other museums and industrial heritage enthusiasts has been established. With the support of Saldus TIC, it has been included in the route “Travel in Saldus Region” and has already become an unusual tourist object. We are open at the European Museum Night and have carried out our first cultural projects.

 

The INTERREG project for the preservation of industrial heritage and creation of the exposition is being implemented at the station.

History

Former Airite Railway Station is located in Saldus county, Zirni parish. Once it was an active centre of exporting agriculture and forestry products with several dozens of farmsteads around it.

At its time the Government of the first independent Republic of Latvia considered improvement of living and business conditions in the regions as one of the most important priorities, they built a school and a train station in each parish.

 

The German army built narrow-gauge railway inherited as a legacy of the WWI initially fulfilled its functions, however, with the growth of exports of agricultural products and timber, it was decided to build new lines, stations and technical buildings.

 

Thus, the railway station often became the center of public and economic life of the parish, symbolizing the beginning of a new life in the quality of architecture and construction.

Airite temporary station building was open December 15, 1928. The two-story masonry station building was built in 1935, opened on November 11, the same year. There is still no clear evidence about the author of the building, but it is very likely that this is the civil engineer and architect Artūrs Tramdahs (born 1884 14. 09 Kuldiga District in Rubas Parish – 1970 26. 04th, burried in Forest Cemetery in Riga) This is evidenced by Artūrs Tramdahs family memories, also by the location of the station, including the “Sister” stations – Josta and Tadaiķi, built on the same design, are almost equidistant from Airīte, that is, the Tramdahs’ place of origin.

 

The Airīte station successfully survived the war and bombing in March 1945, however, as a result of Soviet repression and collectivization, quite a few people remained in its immediate vicinity. Therefore, the station was closed at the beginning of the 90s.

 

The station was not used until 2012.

 

Then, with the change of owners, the restoration began, in order to preserve the life stories, destinies and expectations of the thirties. The station building in 2014 is included in the list of State Protected Cultural Monuments as a local-scale architectural monument with the number 8889, emphasizing well-preserved building volume, planning and details – windows, wooden panels, doors, etc.

At the beginning of 2015, a group of members came together in a non-governmental organization in order to work together to preserve the building and its public function, to organize events and joint works, and to identify history.

History

Former Airite Railway Station is located in Saldus county, Zirni parish. Once it was an active centre of exporting agriculture and forestry products with several dozens of farmsteads around it.

At its time the Government of the first independent Republic of Latvia considered improvement of living and business conditions in the regions as one of the most important priorities, they built a school and a train station in each parish.

 

The German army built narrow-gauge railway inherited as a legacy of the WWI initially fulfilled its functions, however, with the growth of exports of agricultural products and timber, it was decided to build new lines, stations and technical buildings.

 

Thus, the railway station often became the center of public and economic life of the parish, symbolizing the beginning of a new life in the quality of architecture and construction.

Airite temporary station building was open December 15, 1928. The two-story masonry station building was built in 1935, opened on November 11, the same year. There is still no clear evidence about the author of the building, but it is very likely that this is the civil engineer and architect Artūrs Tramdahs (born 1884 14. 09 Kuldiga District in Rubas Parish – 1970 26. 04th, burried in Forest Cemetery in Riga) This is evidenced by Artūrs Tramdahs family memories, also by the location of the station, including the “Sister” stations – Josta and Tadaiķi, built on the same design, are almost equidistant from Airīte, that is, the Tramdahs’ place of origin.

 

The Airīte station successfully survived the war and bombing in March 1945, however, as a result of Soviet repression and collectivization, quite a few people remained in its immediate vicinity. Therefore, the station was closed at the beginning of the 90s.

 

The station was not used until 2012.

 

Then, with the change of owners, the restoration began, in order to preserve the life stories, destinies and expectations of the thirties. The station building in 2014 is included in the list of State Protected Cultural Monuments as a local-scale architectural monument with the number 8889, emphasizing well-preserved building volume, planning and details – windows, wooden panels, doors, etc.

At the beginning of 2015, a group of members came together in a non-governmental organization in order to work together to preserve the building and its public function, to organize events and joint works, and to identify history.

Exposition

The exposition was created thanks to the Interreg EstLat program “Revival of Industrial heritage for tourism development”.

 

It is dedicated to the history, people and events of the Liepaja – Gluda railway line. Separately – for Airite station, its human stories and architect Arturs Tramdahs.

 

The whole exposition is designed the way to touch, learn and explore everything. We are especially looking forward to the smallest visitors and pupils to learn something new about the history of the area, railway and industrial heritage.

Exposition

The exposition was created thanks to the Interreg EstLat program “Revival of Industrial heritage for tourism development”.

 

It is dedicated to the history, people and events of the Liepaja – Gluda railway line. Separately – for Airite station, its human stories and architect Arturs Tramdahs.

 

The whole exposition is designed the way to touch, learn and explore everything. We are especially looking forward to the smallest visitors and pupils to learn something new about the history of the area, railway and industrial heritage.

We offer

  • Exposition

    with pre-registration, May-October, entrance for donation.
  • Lodging

    there are available rooms in apartments, kitchen, shower, WC.
  • In the Station park

    campsites and campfire sites, campers are welcome.
  • Premises for rent for events

    station and park.
  • For concerts

    stage at the station warehouse.

We offer

Exposition

with pre-registration, May-October, entrance for donation.

 

Lodging
there are available rooms in apartments, kitchen, shower, WC.

 

in the Station park

campsites and campfire sites, campers are welcome.

 

Premises for rent for events

station and park.

 

For concerts

stage at the station warehouse.

Virtual Tour

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Gallery

HISTORY

MEASURES AT THE STATION

NIGHT HOUSES

Contact Information

Telephones

29 503 503

29 54 33 66

 

E-mail

stumburs@gmail.com

 

Address

Airīte station, Zirni parish, Saldus district, LV-3853

56.705904, 22.173376

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