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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 […]

Mit der Überfahrt nach Zambia ist das Ziel der Reise erreicht. 15A 414 überquert mit einem Güterzug die Victoria Falls Brücke. We reached Zambia! 15A 414 crosses the Victoria Falls bridge towards Zambia.

On the way to Victoria Falls we were able to do some nice shots. Here 16A 611 blasts with loaded coal and covered wagons around the curves before Zanguja. Aus dem Weg nach Victoria Falls konnten wir einige schöne Bilder einfangen. Hier donnert 16A 611 mit beladenen Kohlewagen und gedeckten Wagen eruptiv um die Kurven […]

A day and a half in Mladejov produced several nice shots of this little railway with the last working Engerth locomotive. Most of the first day was overcastted or rainy, but we found the little gabs in the clouds which enabled us to take some sunny shots. The temperatures have been low for the last […]

They did it! Sandaoling will run at least until 2018. They reduced the number of locos in the pit to three, but they’ll continue to run for sure. Time for another winter tour in December 2017! Man hat es tatsächlich getan! Sandaling wird bis mindestens 2018 mit Dampf weiter fahren. Man hat zwar die Zahl […]

After the Chinese New Years’ break Sandaoling is running as usual. There are new rumors that the final end of the steam and the railway is not decided yet. They’ll announced an all stakeholder meeting in March – and this should bring a decision. So there is still hope as the mine is supposed to […]

After Chinese New Year an SY steam locomotive returned back to service. But today they decided to extinguish the fire at least until July 2017. The coal production is lower than usual due to the reduced demand. However, February 11th we’ll fly to China. Sandaoling an Wujiu are on the agenda. Wujiu is still not […]

Auf dem Weg zurück von Zingyaik, wo sich die Steinbrüche befinden, nach Bago erlebten wir einen schönen Abend. Anbei ein paar Bilder von diesem Tag. ***** On our way back from Zingyaik, the station next to a quarry, to Bago we experienced some very nice moments in the evening. Here are some pictures from that […]

Auf dem Weg nach Süden ist unser Steinzug mittlerweile im Verladebahnhof bei den Steinbrüchen angekommen. Auf dem Weg dorthin sind noch einige Aufnahmen entstanden. On the way to the south our stone train reached its destination – the quarries of Zingyaik. On the way we could take some more pictures.

Mit einem authentischen Steinzug auf dem Weg nach Süden: das hat es seit zehn Jahren nicht mehr gegeben. Die Maschine hält erstaunlich gut durch. Bis auf ein heiß gelaufenes Lager (wird heute am Ruhetag repariert) und einen (genau vor dieser Aufnahme) verstopften Ölbrenner (fünf Minuten Verzögerung) gab es bislang keine Probleme. An authentic stone train […]

Am dritten Tag unserer Reise hat uns im Verlaufe des Tages das Wetterglück verlassen. Ansonsten hat sich auf der Staatsbahn Myanmars noch nicht viel geändert. Noch, denn der Vertrag mit japanischen Lieferanten sieht vor, die Signaltechnik ab Juni 2017 umzubauen. Dann ist die Zeit der Formsignale vorbei. ***** The third day of our tour saw […]

Nach zehn Jahren endlich wieder ein richtiger Dampfzug auf der Staatsbahn: YC 629 fuhr heute nach Pyuntaza. Ten years after the last real steam in Burma we got it, finally: YC 629 went with an authentic train to Pyuntaza.

Before the tour starts: monks blessing our locomotives. The pictures shows the monks in the cab of YD 964, praying for the gods of steam. Bevor die Reise beginnen kann: Mönche weihen unsere Lokomotiven, hier im Führerstand von YD 964 beim Beten für die Götter des Dampfes.

After a message that they extended their use of steam until the winter due to financial problems the end came over night: August 31st, 2016, the last fires were dropped in Fuxin. Diesel locomotives took over everything now. Pingzhuang and Sandaoling are the remaining steam hotspots. Their end will also come soon but not unexpected. […]

The last survivor of daily real steam operation of Indonesia is Purwodadi. They’re still using two locomotives to pull and push the trains over the bridge to the mill. Sometimes diesel locos are involved in this duty, however. Olean is also using steam, but not on a daily basis. ***** Die letzte Mühle, die noch […]

Steam in Fuxin and Pingzhuang

Fuxin is continuing to run steam. They first decided to leave four locos in service to avoid to dismiss too many staff. But then they had financial problems and can’t afford the diesel locos they got from another mine. These locos are in use: SY 1319, 1460, 1378, 1395 (Zhude), 1210, 1818 Pingzhuang has serious […]

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 […]

A coal mine company close to Fuxin will cease its production. They’re using 7 diesel locomotives which will all handed over to Fuxin and eliminate steam in Fuxin. They plan to replace all steam locomotives by the end of June, 2016. By then they want to upgrade the railway line on the top of the […]

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