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Posted in Banovici, Bosnia by folkestonejack on April 5, 2010

A visit to the interchange yard at Banovici in Bosnia gave us the spectacle of Skoda built steam locomotive 19-12 (0-6-0T) shunting. The Skoda is now only maintained as a backup to their diesel but that’s still quite impressive in the 21st century. A French class 144R (0-8-0T) was dumped out of use in a nearby siding.

The sun held out for as long as it needed to… disappearing just after we got our final shots. The heavens opened shortly after and the rain continued all night.

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Derailed

Posted in Banovici, Bosnia by folkestonejack on April 5, 2010

The double track narrow gauge line (760mm) at Banovici in Bosnia is home to a class 25 (0-6-0) steam locomotive and a class 83 (0-8-2) steam locomotive, used mainly for shunting operations and as back-up to the class 720 and 740 diesels which haul most freight trains here.

A derailment had occurred just outside Oskova station and we walked out to take a look. A class 83 (0-8-2) steam locomotive had been sent out with an engineering train and a number of individuals were in the process of re-railing the wagon as we arrived. After all the charters and arranged runpasts there was no doubting this was 100% real.

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Narrow gauge steam at Banovici

Posted in Banovici, Bosnia by folkestonejack on April 4, 2010

After leaving Zenica we headed by road to the narrow gauge line at Oskova which turned out to be a good two hour slog through heavy traffic.

To our surprise we found our arrival at Oskova being filmed by a television crew who were putting a piece together about plans to rebuild the forestry line as a tourist attraction. It seems like a good strategy to counter the likely end of the coal line and the area is certainly scenic enough to bring in the tourists (as indeed it already is). In aid of this we joined a diesel hauled train using some newly converted tourist coaches – snacking on bread, ćevapi and beer – on a run to Banovici and back again.

The afternoon saw us take a photo-freight charter from Oskova to Grivice with a class 83 (0-8-2) narrow gauge steam locomotive. It was certainly an experience – sitting on wooden planks in a wagon at the back of the charter and jumping out at various points to get our shots. Quite mad but good fun.

After our day on the line ended we headed for the forestry hotel Zlaća at Banovici. A hearty meal in the evening followed up by plenty of Tuzlanski and Sarajevski beer plus the odd slipovich was enough to send me to a sound night’s sleep!

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