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Red Devil – Back to Life

David Rodgers reports: One of the world’s most iconic steam locomotives – South African Railways Class 26 4-8-4 No. 3450 ‘Red Devil’ is to be restored to working order.  In the last few days the loco, which has stood out of use in a secure part of Cape Town’s Monument station for a decade, has yesterday […]

Tomorrow the line to Irshawa will be re-activated, by a steam train! Please find the timetable below. Morgen wird die Schmalspurstrecke nach Irschawa wieder eröffnet: mit einem Dampfzug! Der Fahrplan: Den aktuellen Fahrplan hat die Gebietsverwaltung von Transkarpatien heute veröffentlicht. Er gilt bis auf weiteres für die Fahrtage des Pilotprojektes am 11./12., 18./19. und 25./26.8. […]

Saving the Borsha Valley Railway

For many years, the Borsha Vallay Rauilway saw its first steam train on August 4th, 2017. The tour was a great success and well covered by local broadcast stations and newspapers. Unfortunately there were some protests in Gaiworon, where the loco was borrowed from, and some sabotage on the Beregowo line on August 5th. The […]

The once unbelievable seems to becoming true: the Borsha Valley Railway, a candidate for closure up until recently, may make it on to the list of preserved lines. The 0-8-0 locomotive, Gr 280 has arrived from Gaivoron and will haul trains during the August. I published a press release on my blog in the German […]

John Raby was back in Bosnia in May on an industrial heritage tour and what he found confirms that working steam in Bosnia is now normally confined to shunting. At the time of his visit, the Oskova narrow gauge shunt on the Banovici system was also diesel but this was put down to the low demand […]

James Waite visited Western Australia in Early October 2015. Here’s what he found. The first photo is at what calls itself the East Perth Interstate Terminal which is where the passenger trains from Sydney finish their run. I somehow imagined that this would be a grand affair but in fact it’s something of a sleepy […]

Have a look here, sometimes wonders become true: https://plus.google.com/+EvenFurtherRail/posts/dYUsZyY9qyi The info is from Douglas Brooks who was the lucky one to see steam in action at Olean.

The Sappi Saiccor paper mill near Durban in South Africa finished steam on August 12th, 2015 (not as reported by others at the end of July). The author of a nice article about the last days of steam, Paul Ash, allowed me to set a link to his article, published in the Sunday Times of Johannesburg, […]

Doug Brooks reports from Java today: A quite day at Kanigoro. There was no cane in the yard by lunchtime today so they decided to give 6 some TLC instead. Pic attached. It works “most days” and they thought that it might have something to do by 16:00. Other good news is that it is […]

Purwodadi: Steam is working!

The sugar mill Purwodai is still using steam. Today nos. 15 and 16 are in use. Good news from Kanigoro as well: one loco in steam.

No survivor in Java? Tasik Madu, another loss.

I was told Tasik Madu used the locos IV and VI in July 2015. At least one survivor I thought! Another information from today saying that no. IV is not serviceable any more and No. VI didn’t run in July! In shed were: I, III, V, VI, XIV, 5 and 7. (07.08.2015) Serviceable: I and VI. In use: None. On […]

Steam in Java: almost over

News from Java are discouraging. More mills seem to be lost. Olean: no steam in regular use, at least one loco operational, but tractors and diesels are doing the remaining Jobs. Purwodadi: tractors and diesel, no plan to use steam any more. That means steam is finished in: Pangka Sumberharjo Sragi Purwodadi Olean So far […]

Steam in Java: the end?

Pangka has currently only tractors and diesels in use. They say, they will start one or two steam locos on August 6th. Sragi has no steam loco in use, only tractors and one diesel loco. Sumberharjo: all steam locos cold in the shed, only one diesel and one tractor in use, all lines to the […]

Today in the afternoon 33 064, 33 236, 33 503 and 33 504 received their papers to be allowed to run over state railway tracks in Bosnia!  33 248 is currently under overhaul. Once finished they will issue a permit for this locomotive as well. The fate of 62 111 and 19 12 is still unknown. […]

Vietnam: steam locos to be scrapped

In April, 2015 the Thai Nguyen steelworks will sell 030-1035 and 030-1045 to a scrap dealer. It’s likeley that they’ll torch them in the steelworks itself and feed the blast furnace with the parts of those two locos. They will keep 030-1037 and 030-1042 in servicable condition with full documents so they can run on Vietnam Railways. The […]

Eritrea saw several heavy floods during the last two years. The railway line was affected and partly washed away. I posted pictures of the damages in this blog. Now I have some pictures from the still ongoing reconstruction of the line. They built new embankments and new bridges, in some sections the line is not […]

Rongshan re-starts traffic April 15th, 2014. However, this is not the full coal traffic which might be resumed after June, when the coal mine re-opened. Rongshan kehrt zur Betriebsamkeit zurück: ab 15.4.2014 rollen die Züge wieder. Allerdings vorerst nur Arbeitszüge, die Mine macht erst im Juni wieder auf. Dann sollen auch wieder Kohlezüge verkehren.

End of Steam in Vietnam: Thai Nguyen

End of Steam in Vietnam December 26th, 2013, the last active steam loco driver of Vietnam will be retired, and this is the last day for the 0-6-0 GJ class in service. Then they’ll use all diesel locomotives they have, eight TY7 Russian diesels, six of them metre gauge, two standard gauge. The remaining five […]

Kohlemine Durdevik Die Kohlemine Durdevik hat den eingeschränkten Betrieb wieder intensiviert. Ein Großauftrag aus Slowenien brachte sogar wieder Güterwagen – und somit die Dampflok 62 111 – auf die landschaftlich schöne Strecke zum Staatsbahnhof Zivinice zurück. Die Züge fahren nur sporadisch, etwa ein bis zwei pro Woche. Mit dem Kraftwerk Tuzla laufen derzeit auch Gespräche. […]

Just got an information from Jun that they held a meeting in Sandaoling. New decision is: Steam at the west end of the pit will be finished in 2015. Not sure yet whether beginning or end of 2015. Eastern side will remain steam with two to three locomotives. The planned line to the new mine […]