Visit to Slovenia

Alan Jul 10, 2007

  1. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    As the line twists and turns to get down the escarpment, our track can be seen way below.
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    As we turn left to enter the passenger station, the freight sidings are on the right towards the port where iron ore is loaded onto trains and containers are handled in ever larger quantities.
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    'Our' Brigitte at the buffers in Koper.
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    ....and yet another steam loco!
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    After spending a few hours in Koper (and having a beer), I had to pose with our Brigitte before departure. :)

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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    One of the 'Eurofima' coaches we were riding

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    Thank goodness they stuill have opening windows - great for train and scenery watching

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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Me taking video through open window in corridor

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    and photo of locomotive

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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The open windows allow capture of photos on the run

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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Back in Ljubjana, even diesel locomotives do not escape the graffitti 'artists'. :(

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    This diesel hydraulic shunter looks unscathed so far.

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    okane TrainBoard Supporter

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    Alan

    Did you travel by Train from the UK, or was some air travel involved

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    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    Nice stuff again. Even Some Eurofimas in XMPR livery. I actually think XMPR is ugly, but it's nice to see some pics of them none the less.

    You know Alan, he he he, you could easily buy a Brigitte in French livery and repaint it to SZ.

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    I noticed an 60's era Italian diesel in SZ in there too, yet another Ready to run model that just needs a repaint job.

    It seems like most of the SZ locos are models from other countries probably bought used and repainted. The diesel switchers look like they may be a DB prototype.

    This looks interesting.
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    Looks like it could be an old FS rail car.

    Is this a Seimens DMU, or just a pilot coach?
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    Nice looking machine.

    I hope you have more stills to share, this stuff is just awesome.
     
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Owen, we flew from London Gatwick to Ljubjana, but it would be interesting to go by train. :) I think that there could be several routes we could take, after the initial Eurostar trip.
     
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Geeky, this is indeed an Italian prototype. Based on the E.646 pre-series, built by Ansaldo.
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    These were built by WMD, introduced in 1970.
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    This is a Diesel Multiple Unit (2-car - one powered, one trailer). I think they are basically Fiat, but the car bodies built in Maribor, Slovenia. Introduced 1983.
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    this is the other half
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I am seriously thinking of trying to acquire some of the locomotives in other liveries and doing a repaint. I think the Brigitte has an extra grille on the sides compared to the French ones, but I will check and modify if neccessary.

    The Reagan should be do-able, by using various shells, chassis and canon parts. I would really like one of those. :)

    I have more pictures to come, and will later add some links to video clips. :)
     
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    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I'm betting you'll make another trip to this nation. Quite a variety of colors, and motive power. Great scenery. Rivals what photos I have seen of Switzerland. And a railfan as a tour guide. Wow!

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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yes Ken, for all the above reasons we will definitely be going again! :)
     
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    They really don't deserve the name. :D
    I guess that's like calling (actually, I've never seen the manufacturer designation for that class) Little Joes.
    Now that's interesting. I don't know Italian railways, but I have seen railfan photos from there, and I don't remember this.
     
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    I spent a summer in Italy in 1999, getting between cities and towns almost entirely by rail. I am not sure I ever rode the same sort of equipment, and I would guess that the locomotives used were of almost as many types as the trips I took. Some were diesel, some ran on pantographs. Some were older. Some were really old. Some were kind of new. I wish I had taken more photos of the locomotives and rolling stock.
     
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    Strange

    I thought it looked very Italian, sort of a cross between a couple different locos.

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    E646

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    E645 and E636

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    reposting the original for comparison.
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks for the comparison pics. Geeky. :thumbs_up:

    The SZ one was a pre-series E646, and it looks like they smoothed out the bodywork a bit for the production ones. I think quite a bit of kitbashing would be needed to make the SZ one, but it would be a fun project. :)
     
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    Found out that the official designation for it is a E362. Interesting machine.

    I also had suspiscions about the catenary being very Italian. Apparently since that region of Slovenia/ Croatia=Yugoslavia was originally part of Italy before WWII it all makes sense. My mother was born in Pula/Pola before the war, and now it is no longer Italy. So anyway, the rail lines were electrified before WWII and were done in FS style running on 3000 volts.
     
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yeah, as soon as I saw the catenary I said "Italian". :)

    I would love a model of the 'E362'.
     

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