Paul Steane's Photography Pages


My first visits to Serbia were when it was still called Jugoslavia, so the railway company was then called JŽ - Jugoslovenske Železnice (Jugoslav Railways).

By 2004 the country had been renamed to Serbia, so trains were operated by ŽS (Železnice Serbije, Serbian Railways).

Relevant trip reports: August & September 2001 - August 2003 - May 2004 - October 2011.

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Former JŽ 760mm gauge locomotive 83-173 was built in 1949 by the "Đuro Đakovic" works in Slavonski Brod (now in Croatia) and rebuilt in 2000 at Zrenjanin. Here it is seen working a special train on the "Šarganska Osmica", a restored railway near Užice. This is on the route of the now-closed main line between Beograd and the Dubrovnik via Sarajevo. This picture was taken on on part of a trip organised by "GIL Incentive- und Bildungsreisen" of Heidelberg, Germany.
Photograph taken on 31/08/2001 at 09:25
Požarevac is where trains between Beograd and Knjaževac via Majdanpek change from electric to diesel traction: JŽ diesel locomotive 666-004 has just backed onto train 971. The route onwards from Požarevac to Majdanpek only sees one pair of trains per day. Class 666 was originally used to haul Tito's famous "blue train" but now sees general service.
Photograph taken on 01/09/2001 at 19:10
The railway route between Knjaževac and Niš passes through a long limestone gorge with many bridges and tunnels. On this date the 11:07 train from Zaječar to Niš comprised JŽ diesel locomotive 661-138, two coaches, a mail van and 25 empty coal wagons. In this view backwards down the train, some of the wagons can be seen, the end of the train being beyond the second tunnel.
Photograph taken on 02/09/2001 at 14:33
JŽ railbus B812-017 stands at Zvornik Grad on a charter train organised by "GIL Incentive- und Bildungsreisen" of Heidelberg, Germany.

This location is the terminus of the branch line from Ruma, and at the time only saw one service train per day. There was no station building, and the track continued a little further beyond where the orange-coloured van is parked.

Passenger services between Loznica and Zvornik Grad had ceased by December 2005.
Photograph taken on 28/08/2003 at 10:51
TENT (Termoelektrana 'Nicola Tesla') electric locomotives 443-04 (left) and 441-02 at Obrenovac power station. The TENT system runs for a total of over 50km from coal loading sidings at Vreoci, adjacent to the Beograd - Požega line, to power stations at Obrenovac and Vorbis. The Czech-built 443s haul the trains through the coal loading and unloading areas, and the 441s, similar to the 441s on the national network, haul the trains between Vreoci and the power stations.
Photograph taken on 29/08/2003 at 11:51
In a new all-red livery, ŽS Co-Co electric locomotive 461-017 stands at Lapovo in Serbia ready to work train 9610 onwards to Beograd.

Engineering works on the direct line between Požega and Beograd meant that this train had been diverted via the Požega avoiding line direct to Čačak, from where a diesel locomotive dragged the train via Kraljevo and Kragujevac to Lapovo. The diesel locomotive had already been removed when this picture was taken.
Photograph taken on 15/05/2004 at 07:08
ŽS Bo-Bo diesel locomotive 641-331 has just arrived at Niš with train 7830 from Kuršumlija. Note the attached wagons.

This service, and its outward working, had stopped running between Kuršumlija and Kosanička Rača a few days earlier on 14 May, reportedly due to the condition of the track. Services restarted a few weeks later, but the 2010/2011 situation is unclear.
Photograph taken on 16/05/2004 at 14:59
ŽS Co-Co diesel locomotive 661-152 pauses at Staničenje with train 490, Istanbul/Sofia to Beograd/Budapest/Wien to cross the opposite working. Train 490 was at least an hour late at this point, heading for three hours late at Beograd......
Photograph taken on 08/10/2011 at 14:51
ŽS Bo-Bo electric locomotive 441-512 runs through Zemun non-stop with train 414, the 10:20 from Beograd to Zagreb and beyond.
Photograph taken on 09/10/2011 at 10:33
Heavily graffitied, a ŽS EMU set (including motor coach 412-084) pauses at Zemun between duties.
Photograph taken on 09/10/2011 at 10:44
A ŽS EMU set in reasonable external condition, including motor coach 412-029, stands at the passenger terminus at Pančevo Vojlovica ready to work train 6001 to Rakovica and Ripanj. Note the class 661 diesel loco shunting wagons in the distance: a freight line continues beyond the station here.
Photograph taken on 09/10/2011 at 12:35
Near the locomotive depot outside Beograd's main station, an old coach finds continuing usage.
Photograph taken on 09/10/2011 at 15:52
Beograd Dunav station, as seen from train 361 which is passing through non-stop. This train had departed from Beograd's main station with the locomotive (ŽS 644-006) propelling the train as far as the locomotive depot, then leading the train via the river bank route.
Photograph taken on 09/10/2011 at 16:12
Refurbished ŽS railbus 812-301 plus trailer waits at Beograd Dunav station before forming train 2514 to Zrenjanin. This is the only departure from this station.
Photograph taken on 12/10/2011 at 11:03

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