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DVD: STEAM IN SERBIA
DVD Running Time: 73 minutes
SUMMARY:  

During May 2001, all three of the preserved main line steam locos in Serbia were in action on several lines south of Belgrade, in Serbia. Footage of all three locos class 01, class 33, and class 51 is included on the video. Some industrial locations are also visited. The last steam worked passenger railway in Europe at the Jagodina Wire Factory is seen, along with the JZ Wagon Works at Smederevo. Both these locations are still worked by Class 62 0-6-0 tank locos. Collieries still using steam are seen at Vreoci and Kostolac with 900mm gauge railways.

The revived operation on the 760mm gauge railway at Mokra Gora is filmed with the first 8km of track laid by this stage. The last steam locomotive repair shop on the Yugoslav Railways is filmed, and the first steam test of another class 62 is followed after overhaul at the works. One or two other locations and locomotives are seen during the course of the video.

Please see below for stills from the production


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The Sinvoz locomotive repair works at Zrenjanin had a variety of standard gauge and narrow gauge locomotives under repair, with boilers lined up for attention in this view.

2 small Porter saddle tank locos were found derelict in the Sartid Steelworks in Smererevo.

 

One of the class 62 tank locos from Jagodina Cable Works had just completed an overhaul at Zrenjanin workshops and was taken on a short run from Zrenjanin for a steam test.

At Dragacevo a short branch line used to go to the amnunition factory at Lucani. The factory was blown up in the recent hostilities, but the fireless loco survived the bombing.

At Vreoci colliery standard gauge and narrow gauge tracks ran into the colliery yard side by side and the opportunity was taken to bring out both operational steam locos together.

Class 51 No. 51-052 at Markovac, waiting for clearance to Resavica. A class 666 CoCo diesel and an inspection car are on the left of the steam loco.

No. 01-088, a preserved 2-6-2 express passenger loco, simmering at Lapovo station prior to a run to Pozega.

The Jagodina Cable Factory operated a passenger service for factory workers. This had always been steam operated as the steam locos were prefered to the diesel loco. No.62-642 is seen on the way back to the factory. The coaches are usually pushed back to the factory as there is no run round loop at the terminus.

The recently restored 760mm gauge class 83 loco takes a train out from Sargan Vitesi.

Class 33 Kriegslok on a 200km journey to Zajecar.

Prior to the run to Zajecar No. 33-087 is seen on the turntable at Pozarevac.

A class 62 (one of the last working examples of the original USTC locos) seen shunting inside the JZ Carriage and Wagon Works.

At Kostolac colliery only one of the 900mm gauge Davenport locos was in use with one loco away at Zrenjanin works under overhaul.

No. 51-052 waiting at Mala Krsna station, the junction for the branch line to Smederevo.

 

Steve Thomason 2014

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