The 76cm gauge railways of Yugoslavia

Uskotracne (76-centimetarske) pruge bivse Jugoslavije

Photos from May 1966 by John Cosford.
Sarajevo station and onto the Bosnabahn

JŽ class 72 0-6-2T 72.002 (Haine St. Pierre/1908) on carriage shunting duties at Sarajevo Novo station. It was one of a batch of ten built for the Serbian State Railways (SDŽ).   
At right our train, the 08:24 through train to Dubrovnik, is almost ready to depart on its 272km journey. It is made up of 12 carriages and two vans and hauled by JŽ class 85 2-8-2 85.029 (Budapest/1931).

A pair of class 83 0-8-2s, with JŽ 0-8-2 83.014 (Budapest/1929) leading, at Sarajevo Novo station.

As our train eases out of Sarajevo Novo station, hauled by JŽ class 85 2-8-2 85.029 (Budapest/1931), we pass a pretzel seller with his (narrow gauge?) trolley.  If we had known a little earlier that the buffet car would run out of food, we would have bought some from him!

Passing JŽ class 83 0-8-2 83.104 (Krauss Linz/1916) on a freight train at Hadžići, 19km from Sarajevo.   At this point, JŽ 0-8-2 83.062 (Jung/1923) was added to our train with 2-8-2 85.029 then acting as pilot for the long climb up to Bradina.   At left are the tracks for the new standard gauge line between Sarajevo and Ploče which was under construction at that time.

The 08:24 Sarajevo to Dubrovnik train running alongside the River Bosna soon after leaving Hadžići.

The 08:24 Sarajevo to Dubrovnik train in the Bosnian countryside, somewhere between and Hadžići and Ozenik.

Looking back down on Raštelica station (38km from Sarajevo) as we climb towards Bradina.   The original route between Raštelica and Bradina over the Ivan Pass was rack-equipped but the route was re-aligned in the 1930s with a series of loops and a 3km long tunnel ending at Bradina station.

The JŽ class 83 0-8-2 behind the class 85 2-8-2 is blowing down prior to entering the eastern end of the 3km long tunnel under the Ivan Pass.   The earthworks on the left are in preparation for the new standard gauge line which will use the same tunnel - it was built in 1931 to standard gauge dimensions so someone was thinking ahead!

Page 5, Bradina and the rack section

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