Railway station of Lubāna

Lubana is the terminus of a former railway line Madona - Lubāna, which was founded in 1935. This railway line Madona - Lubāna is closed. It was 35 kilometer long and was built as a broad gauge line with 1524 mm track gauge. It is closed since 1990. The railway line connected Madona with Lubāna, went through area Prauliena and area Indrāni, also a bit along the boarder from area Sarkaņi. In this railway line were 6 stations- Madona (which is still functional at the line Pļaviņas - Gulbene), Prauliena, Visagals, Meirāni, Jaunlubāna, Lubāna.

There was planned to connect this railway line with the continuation from line Rīga - Ērgļi and to build a railway line from Lubāna to Kārsava.  However, these plans failed because of the occupation of Latvia in 1940 and the Second World War.  During the war this railway line was damaged, but already in 1945 it was restored. In 1963 the line was closed for passengers.

2002 the railway line was transmitted to the town government. The final decision to close the whole line was made 2004. Because at the unused line occurred thefts, 2007 the railroad was removed.

The first train

On 16th November 1935 for inhabitants of Lubāna came the long waited and expected day - opening from the railway line Lubāna - Rīga to station Madona. To salute the train came also the pastor Mārtiņš Celmiņš together with his daughter Zigrīda. A lot of people came to see the first train coming, but from the excitement they become speecless when the train arrived. There were no cry of joy, even not a single one "urra" call, no one was waving a white handkerchief, as it used to be when loved and important guests were expected. So the train, quietly welcomed, rolled in the town like in a funeral, where loud glory and congratulations were forbidden.

Clearly, after that followed speeches from government representatives, also local people responses and songs - Latvian folk anthem „Dievs, svētī Latviju!” (God bless Latvia) and „Lai līgo lepna dziesma” (A song should sway), but the main impression of this day was very pale, without passion, joy and truth. (Pastor`s son Haralds Celmiņš wrote down, how this day was remembered by his father Mārtiņš Celmiņš).