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 for coal and steam is expected to return to this when demand increases. On the standard gauge, 2-10-0 kriegsloks were shunting at Sikulje and Dubrave and Bukinje Works is still overhauling kriegsloks to give Kreka Mining a working fleet of 5 locos. The kriegsloks are allowed to travel between Kreka location over the ZFBH system light engine under their own steam. You can read John’s trip report here:

Locos available (in May):
Kreka Mining
33-064 (transferred from Bukinje to Sikulje)
33-236 (shunting at Dubrave)
33-248 (full overhaul nearing completion Bukinje)
33-503 (Transferred from Sikulje to Bukinje)
33-504 (minor repairs Bukinje)
Banovici
19-12 (sg) (Oskova)
25-30
62-125 (sg) (Oskova) (stored in good condition but not currently in working order)
83-158
83-159
With very little real steam working on a daily basis but with around 7-9 locos of 4 different classes in working order, a tour in the not too distant future including charters seemed to make good sense.
Across the border in Serbia, the line at Mokra Gora is offering a diesel tourist train daily from 1 April until 31 October. Steam and diesel trains can be chartered here so John and his local Bosnian guides plan a tour to highlight the best of the narrow and standard gauge in the Tuzla-Banovici area of Bosnia and on the line from Mokra Gora to Sargan Vitasi and in the other direction across the Bosnian border towards Visegrad where the track has been relaid but is not in regular use.
Mokra Gora
83-052 is available for charter trains
During the September tour, the following is planned:
At Banovici, there will be a charter with a class 83 and a mixed train over the full narrow gauge line, two narrow gauge steam locos shunting at Oskova, and the standard gauge Oskova shunt returned to steam. At Kreka, negotiations are ongoing to run a coal train on the branch from Dubrave to Ljubace behind steam but the tour will definitely include visits to see the kreigsloks shunting at Sikulje and Dubrave and visit the workshops at Bukinje. We plan two charters at Mokra Gora as described above.
John Parker will be leading this mainly charter steam tour in September 2016. You can find out more here: http://rabylee.uk/bosnia2016.html
John
ps: on the May trip we took at look at the Breza coalmine from the hill behind it. One of the two USA tanks looked like it might be the spare loco for times when the working diesel is being serviced. Breza management have subsequently stated that neither of the two steam locos there can be steamed and are therefore not available for charter.

 

Sargan Eight

Sargan Eight

Sargan Eight

Sargan Eight

Sargan Eight

Sargan Eight

Sargan Eight

Sargan Eight

Sargan Eight

Sargan Eight

Sargan Eight

Sargan Eight

Banovici Charter

Banovici Charter

Oskova Standard Gauge Charter

Oskova Standard Gauge Charter

Oskova Standard Gauge Charter

Oskova Standard Gauge Charter

Sikulje class 33 shunting

Sikulje class 33 shunting