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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 [...]

Nach fast zehn Jahren erreichte erstmals wieder eine Dampflokomotive das Depot Mottama. Trotz Brücke ist das Depot immer noch in Betrieb! Das Gleisdreieck zum Drehen der Lok musste allerdings durch uns mehr oder weniger komplett neu aufgebaut werden, damit unsere Lok in beide Richtungen Schornstein voran fahren kann. Die Vorbereitung dieser Reise hat neun Jahre [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Im Mai 2016 gab es eine FarRail Tours Reise zu den ziemlich unbekannten Eisenbahnen im Iran. Anbei eine kleine Auswahl von Fotos. Wir beginnen mit dem nördlichen Abschnitt der Transiranischen Eisenbahn: In May 2016 FarRail Tours managed to run a tour to the nearly unknown railways of Iran. Below are some pictures of the tour. We start [...]

For the first time on a charter tour to Moldovita we enjoyed brilliant sunshine in the morning. There was no snow, but frost, which made the pictures looking good. We hope for similar weather conditions in October 2016, when we will again charter a train in Moldovita. Das erste Mal, seitdem ich Charterzüge in Moldovita [...]

Broad gauge steam in Sri Lanka is quite an experience, but when it comes to authentic looking trains it’s a challenge. Despite all hurdles we managed to get some nice shots from a lovely island with its fantastic people and countryside. Breitspurdampf in Sri Lanka ist eine Erfahrung, aber wenn es authentisch aussehnde Züge sein [...]

Real Steam (and Diesel) in Olean

Olean Loco 4 with tender marked 5 (written over no. 4) on the right and 4 on the left hand side did the field works. There are intermill workings to Wringin Anom. Diesel no. 1 is broken, diesel no. 2, now in orange livery, is working. Sometimes they have a diesel from Wringin Anom in [...]

Steam in Semboro, Java, Indonesia

At a first glance there were no changes in the operation pattern of Semboro. But: it seems the fleet of truck was enlarged over the recent years. During our visit no train was unloaded, only trucks. Both fireless locos, nos. 2 and 3 were in steam and waited for the next duty which was scheduled [...]

Here are some photos of a charter train on the Welsh Highland on Friday 9th, 2014 for the Railway Children charity with Graham Lee’s newly restored Fijian sugar loco (Hudswell Clarke 972/1912) plus one from Boston Lodge works on the Ffestiniog the previous day.   A general view of Boston Lodge works with the Fijian [...]

Steam in Vietnam: Cold Survivors

Tran Trong Luu reported from the Fading steam scene in Vietnam (Februray 2014): 1. Thai Nguyen: 131-436 was tranferred to China last month. So now Thai Nguyen still has 4 steam locomotives: 030-1035, 1037 (best, after repair and using spare parts of 1032 and 1034, last check 1/12/2013), 1042 and 1045 still in good condition, ready for running. [...]

By Scott Jesser, Australia I made a very short visit to East Java in July 2013, travelling from Surabaya to Malang, to see Krebet Baru’s last “field trains” and then to Madiun to visit the Soedhono, Poerwodadie, Redjosarie, Kanigoro and Pagottan mills. I found six steam locomotives in use around Madiun – the three fireless [...]

It was obvious that the intended program on the DTC was a huge challenge for the railway and the museum. They never did before what we wanted to do: running loaded coal trains on their network. One loco needed to be re-painted, at 30 coal wagons they erased the white reflecting stripe and two test [...]

Ben Kletzer reports from Yunann in China: I have just arrivged in Kaiyuan to photograph the remnants of the Yunnan meter gauge. I spent half of a day in Hekou before taking a bus here and found some disturbing sights there. First the tracks to the border were covered in rust. The railroad yard was [...]

Hallo!       Der letzte Teil meines Reiseberichts aus Indien, plus eine Galerie mit über 700 hochauflösenden Bildern: Indien 2012 – 14: Thums Up für Ankai Killa! (50 B.) Indien 2012 – 15: Pune – Deccan Queen (50 B.) Indien 2012 – 16: Pune – I have been to Monkey Hill! (50 B.) Indien [...]

by James Waite The 3ft 6ins (1067mm) gauge Mount Lyell Abt Railway opened in 1898 to provide transport from the copper mines rapidly being developed at Mount Lyell, near Queenstown in western Tasmania.  The use of an Abt rack section provided the only feasible means for the railway to reach Strahan, a port on McQuarie [...]

Better than expected: two to three pairs of trains every day, good weather and hard contrasts between iPhone and rusty passenger coaches. They plan to re-open the closed branch line. So far a permit is still compulsory, but I think it will be a free area in a couple of months. The police came once to [...]