Mountain Express - 31: Beach Grill (50 p.)

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ronik24

Proud Earthling
Hi,



To the previous part of the series:
Mountain Express - 30: Little Venice (50 p.)




The video for this part:


Departures/arrivals Podgorica = complete timetable Montenegro 2009 season:



July 6 2009

We have arrived to Sutomore by PT 6155 Podgorica - Bar at 3:20 p.m.
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This beach town is the polar opposite of the secluded rocky shores with clear waters I am used to from Croatia.
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We found a gap for the viaduct. PT 6154 Bar - Podgorica returned at 4:04.
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You soon had another chance as PT 6104 Bar - Bijelo Polje followed half an hour behind, with 5230 ft high Rumija as backdrop.
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Whole view of Sutomore bay.
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August 30 2005

On the 2005 trip we had arrived to Bar at 11:20 a.m. by local train after the morning visit of Mala Rijeka Bridge.

Narrow gauge railroads had previously existed in Montenegro - here the plinthed steamer "Sutorman" (Borsig #7601 / built in 1910), named after the pass through Rumija mountains of the 1908 opened Antivari line Bar - Virpazar (in German):

After the standard gauge mainline Bar - Podgorica had been finished in 1959, the narrow gauge line was closed in 1960.
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We left Bar station.
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You have to walk a bit to the port, the classic ferry line Bar - Bari (Italy) also departs from here.
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Quite a high percentage of luxury yachts already in 2005, although old Yugoslav vehicles also still could be found.
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We chose an afternoon excursion by bus to Ulcinj, the southernmost city of Montenegro and on the former Yugoslav coast north of Albania:

More about the "liberty" monument finished in 1985:

Also quite a busy beach.
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View back from the wall of the fortified old town.
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Walk along the coastal fortress.
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Through romantic narrow streets.
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Namazgjahu mosque erected in 1728 is the largest in a city populated by a majority of Albanian inhabitants. Behind it a Sahat Kula (Ottoman era clock tower) from 1754.
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Ready for tourists from all over Europe.
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A minibus returned us to Bar where we enjoyed the Adriatic sunset.
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We chatted with this gentleman, he was maintaining mum's boat.
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View north along the coast towards Sutomore in the next bay.
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A Leskovački Roštilj (= grill from Leskovac in southern Serbia) was calling, but we decided for a proper restaurant before the sleeper departure. More about this trip exclusively in the next part.
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July 6 2009

2009 was still waiting, with the last hurrah of night trains in old European liveries:
We had taken up position at the Sutomore viaduct. B 436 "Panonija" Bar - Subotica approached punctually at 6:08 p.m. with 461-042 followed by the ČD through car Bar – Prague and a symphony of classic blue hues.
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Fitting good-bye scene.
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Returning home by "choo choo" in a "chouchettes" compartment. ;-)
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The second night train in daylight also appeared punctually at 6:52 as B 1140 "Nišava" Bar - Niš with North Macedonian sleeping car.
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A last greeting - also note the original JŽ number plate on the engine.
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We walked to the beach.
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You can spot PT 6156 Bar - Podgorica on the hillside.
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A wider view including EMU.
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Beachgoers were packing up for the day.
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"Miracles of meat" also appeared along this strolling promenade.
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A former Austrian postbus (Bundesbus era colors) next to bumper cars.
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The smallest Montenegran railroad.
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Bananas for 110 Serbian dinars or 1.10 euros? At the 2009 conversion rate, the euro-bananas were slightly cheaper.
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Back at the station before nine o'clock, just as the full moon emerged. Notice the rail infrastructure company ŽICG logo featuring Mala Rijeka Bridge below the arch.
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B 434 "Lovćen" to Belgrade arrived punctually at 9:09 p.m. stopping for five minutes, the "Auto-Voz" was about to follow later in the evening. We boarded a sleeping car in old livery with classic double compartment.
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Next time, we will leave the sleeper early in the morning on the 2005 trip for a completely different "mountain express"! :0)
 
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