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Date: 05/01/19 15:10
On the 5' gauge iron ore railway
Author: 86235

The US Steel steelworks south of Kosice is served by an 80 km 5' gauge line from Uzhorod in Ukraine carrying iron ore and metallurgical coal. Trains are not that frequent, by and large just a handful each day. On Sunday, in pretty appalling conditions, we saw three trains, one empty and two loaded which is a record for me!

This video was shot at Kalsa on the climb to Ruskov, a pair of ZSSK Cargo class 125 double engines are up front whilst another example is pushing.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/01/19 15:12 by 86235.

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Date: 05/01/19 17:29
Re: On the 5' gauge iron ore railway
Author: CPRR

Nice Nick. 



Date: 05/01/19 20:27
Re: On the 5' gauge iron ore railway
Author: gaspeamtrak

Very interesting !!! Thank you for sharing!!! :):):)



Date: 05/02/19 05:02
Re: On the 5' gauge iron ore railway
Author: gbmott

Excellent Nick, thanks.  Will you be reporting from Wolsztyn on Saturday?

Gordon



Date: 05/02/19 10:43
Re: On the 5' gauge iron ore railway
Author: 86235

No, I came home on Monday.



Date: 05/02/19 20:01
Re: On the 5' gauge iron ore railway
Author: airbrakegeezer

Nick, thanks so much for posting this video. My wife is Slovak-American, and one branch of her family comes from a village a few miles north of this line; and a friend of ours, sadly now deceased, was living in a home in another village from where they could actually see this line and its parallel standard-gauge track. I cannot count the number of times that we have either crossed this line, or driven alongside it, over the past 28 years; and yet we have NEVER seen a train on it! Either you managed your timing very well, or you are far luckier than my wife and me!

Thanks again,

Roger Lewis (airbrakegeezer)



Date: 05/02/19 22:38
Re: On the 5' gauge iron ore railway
Author: PHall

Just shows you the strength of knuckle couplers vs screw links and buffers.
You could never run a train this heavy and this long without knuckle couplers or solid drawbars.



Date: 05/02/19 23:02
Re: On the 5' gauge iron ore railway
Author: 86235

airbrakegeezer Wrote:
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> Nick, thanks so much for posting this video. My
> wife is Slovak-American, and one branch of her
> family comes from a village a few miles north of
> this line; and a friend of ours, sadly now
> deceased, was living in a home in another village
> from where they could actually see this line and
> its parallel standard-gauge track. I cannot count
> the number of times that we have either crossed
> this line, or driven alongside it, over the past
> 28 years; and yet we have NEVER seen a train on
> it! Either you managed your timing very well, or
> you are far luckier than my wife and me!
>
> Thanks again,
>
> Roger Lewis (airbrakegeezer)

My pleasure. This was pure luck, we were on our way back to Kosice from Cierna nad Tisou, following the railway as far as is possible, and saw a loaded train climbing through Slivnik on the other side of a shallow valley. Quick dash to Kalsa for the footage.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/02/19 23:14 by 86235.



Date: 05/22/19 05:35
Re: On the 5' gauge iron ore railway
Author: zorz

Thanks for posting! Always nice to see some good videos of heavy electric freight railroading...well, as heavy as it gets I’m Eastern Europe and Ukraine ;)



Date: 06/29/19 17:50
Re: On the 5' gauge iron ore railway
Author: SD45X

Sweet!

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