The 76cm gauge railways of Yugoslavia
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
A pair of
class 83 0-8-2s, with JŽ 0-8-2 83.014 (Budapest/1929) leading,
at Sarajevo Novo station.
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!
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.
Sarajevo to Dubrovnik train running alongside the River Bosna
soon after leaving Hadžići.
Sarajevo to Dubrovnik train in the Bosnian countryside,
somewhere between and Hadžići and Ozenik.
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.
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!
5, Bradina and the rack section
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