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Proud Earthling

Welcome to the last travelogue part from Bosnia in April 2010! :)
I have uploaded a gallery where you can view 500 photos in larger resolution (partly different images or versions than in the trip reports):

An overview map of the visited lines is also included.

To the previous part of the trip report:
Steam in Bosnia 2010 - 15: Sikulje - No More Small Things! I (50 p.)

The video for this part:

In the morning of April 9 2010 we took our bus to the open cast mines of Dubrave, situated about halfway between Bukinje and Zivinice. We were sometimes crossing fog banks but there were also clear sky sections along the way. I was eagerly looking forward to a perfect mood at Dubrave.

And really, 33-236 (Henschel 28142 / former DB 52 817 / built 1944, transferred from DB to JZ in 1952) was being prepared at the stabling point in perfect foggy sunrise mood! :)

Off we went!



A few hundred feet away only a hint of the loading plant could be seen anymore. At first the exchange train to Ljubace had to be put together.





Place to "clean fire".


Another batch of fully loaded cars was added.



Alternative modes of traction could also be met.



The line continued around the curve to Ljubace.

The loco waited for its big moment.

That direction, push on!



This shoveling scene reminded me a little of this photo from Zhalai Nuer:

We change to April 7 around noon, the wait for coffee...



33-236 shunted cars to the loading plant.

Task finished.


Back to the morning of April 9:

33-236 shunted to the head of the 40-car-long train.

And the spectacular departure: even if the line to Ljubace mostly ran downhill, leaving Dubrave the class 33 had to show its power!

View from a bridge with conveyor belt from one of the open cast pits. My colleagues were saying that until now the trip had been beautiful, but this morning made it perfect!

In the afternoon of April 6, after our rainy workshop visit to Bukinje, 33-236 did a few photo runs from Dubrave, here in the curve out of the mine terminal.

A larger level crossing could be found here, again with some old Austrian postal buses on the road.

Panorama with newly built catholic church and loading facility.

Next to the level crossing this sign from Yugoslav times mentioning Tito was preserved...

At the other end of the 5 km long exchange line you could find the state railway station Ljubace, already known to us. ZFBH original GM 661-306 waited for departure on April 7.

The GM continued south past the signalman but had left behind a few empties for Dubrave.

33-236 approached with a load from Dubrave, the line branching off to the right was the state railway to Zivinice and Banovici.

The signalman could play school crossing guard by coincidence... ;-)

A regular German class 52 WWII loco on the way home from school in 2010!

33-236 was entering the station, up to the last minute it was unclear on which track, and that with only three (actually two) to choose from! The Bosnian mode of operation worked as follows: first, the choice of track had to be discussed for 15 minutes. Then, the tracks were changed every five minutes, everyone gave as contradicting information which sometimes drove our Serbian guide Dragan to despair. And where the train finally ran in reality was of course a completely different story... ;-)

Entering track 1.

Shunting past the full rake to fetch the empty one, including Dragan who was mostly dressed photographer-friendly (minus a Nikon DSLR ;-) ).

Departure from Ljubace!


In the morning of beautiful April 9 we waited for 33-236 to return with empties from Ljubace halfway along the straight exchange line to Dubrave running in the vicinity of an open cast pit. A local with shouldered saw could be persuaded by us to wait for the train, in the background a shepherd with two cows was approaching.

There is the steam loco! ;-)

Mass cow photography... ;-D

Well, that was it from Bosnia in April 2010! We started our journey home in the morning of April 10 after we had enjoyed a departure of 33-503 from Lukavac one more time. During the busride we crossed the mountains towards Sarajevo, often a bleak sight in grey weather. Additionally, we came through regions still affected most by the war, on winding mountain roads through lifeless areas where you shouldn't set a foot beside the road because of landmines. Railway enthusiasts could at least sometimes follow the path of former narrow gauge lines. At noon we reached Sarajevo, some had to take a flight right away, others assembled for lunch in the first hotel of the trip. I spent the afternoon with my relatives in the city centre, but I was already so tired I constantly fell asleep. At 21:27 I departed Sarajevo by B 398 to Zagreb, where I arrived punctually next morning. I spent the night alone in my compartment, apart from a short period near Maglaj where it suddenly filled for one station with five other people. Afterwards I had my quiet back, a few scenes from the ride through Republika Srpska and the arrival at Zagreb can be viewed in the linked video.
With the punctual arrival I had no problem to catch EC 158 to Vienna Meidling, tired but happy about the great journey and yield of photos I arrived home in the early afternoon of April 11.

Thank you very much for your attention, I hoped you enjoyed everything! :)

I would like to remind you of the Bosnia gallery once again:


5th Generation Texian
I have missed your shots so much Roni. This was a wonderful trip, thanx for sharing it with us. I needed the inspiration!! Now I just need to make time to put it to use.... is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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