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Date: 03/13/24 13:56
Some views of Slovenia
Author: 86235

My first visit to Slovenia, primarily to photograph the steep and scenic line from the port of Koper, on the Adriatic, towards the capital Ljubljana and on to Austria and Hungary. The line, which is electrified (at 3kV DC), is single track. It is extraordinarily busy with both freight and passenger service. Koper is the favoured port for Austrian, Czech and Hungarian export industries.

1: An SZ 3kV DC Siemens Taurus class 541 used in helper service, returning to Koper ready to add some muscle to an ascending train.

2: A preserved steam loco plinthed at Divaca, an important junction station where the line from Koper (and Pula in Croatia) joins that from Trieste.

3: A shot from a movie sequence of an SZ class 363 'nez cassé' built by Alstom in the early 1970s for Yugoslavia, on a 42 platform intermodal with a class 541 helper on the rear.

All of this fun will come to an end in future years, SZ are constructing a new double track line, mostly in tunnel, which will bypass the hill section and the single track climbing the limestone karst.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/15/24 10:10 by 86235.








Date: 03/13/24 14:03
Re: Some views of Slovenia
Author: exhaustED

Very interesting, not to mention unusual!



Date: 03/13/24 19:34
Re: Some views of Slovenia
Author: dwatry

I like those French electrics!



Date: 03/13/24 20:04
Re: Some views of Slovenia
Author: 86235

Here is the movie sequence from which I extracted the final shot above. The six axle class 363s are hugely impressive beasts. As you can hear both locos are working hard up the grade.

And here's a shot of another one at Divaca.

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Date: 03/13/24 20:51
Re: Some views of Slovenia
Author: dwatry

Cool video!



Date: 03/14/24 14:25
Re: Some views of Slovenia
Author: NMlurker

Enjoyed your post. Austria is similarly working on tunnels that will largely bypass Brenner Pass and Semmering Pass.



Date: 03/14/24 23:09
Re: Some views of Slovenia
Author: 86235

NMlurker Wrote:
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> Enjoyed your post. Austria is similarly working on
> tunnels that will largely bypass Brenner Pass and
> Semmering Pass.

Indeed they are, but neither are due to open this decade. SZ expect to complete their new line to Koper next year, with testing and entry into service in 2026.



Date: 03/15/24 12:17
Re: Some views of Slovenia
Author: swaool

Very nice pics!  There is a cab ride video of the line from Koper to Ljubljana on a certain video site - the author is "dulevoz".  Other videos on his channel are also worth a look.  I'm sure a quick Google search would turn it up.

mike woodruff
anacortes wa

 



Date: 03/15/24 12:41
Re: Some views of Slovenia
Author: exhaustED

NMlurker Wrote:
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> Enjoyed your post. Austria is similarly working on
> tunnels that will largely bypass Brenner Pass and
> Semmering Pass.

Spain have just opened the tunnel that bypasses the Pajares pass. They are investing massively in high speed rail.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/15/24 12:42 by exhaustED.



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