Tim Murray reports on his latest visit between 28th March and 3rd April 2011.
See also Dave Habraken's report of a visit just
By air from Gatwick to Zagreb with Easyjet; car hire from airport.
10.45 33-236 in steam, security advised no photography
Lucavac Exchange Sidings
Told that the train from the mine was due at 15.00
Lucavac Soda Works
11.45 Walked down line and immediately diesel shunter 797-821-6 came towards us light engine. Security in cab chopped his hands possibly
implying that the steam had been cut.
Bukinje Shed and Works
12.50 Viewed from adjacent road.
33-504 Dismantled, no tender or cab
A clean 33-503 moved in light steam. [it was due to do some shunting on 1 April.
Drove down to the works where we were asked whether we were members of the organised visit by LoRie. Replying in the negative we were told we needed a permit from Tuzla.
The mine is closed but work continues to fill in old workings.
14.00 Returned to Lucavac to find that the trip working had taken place.
14.10 661-312 left yard.
732-127 from power station shunting in yard.
62-111 dead at mine. Security who approached us as we drove up would not allow photographs. It had operated about 3 weeks before but will not resume before autumn. The connecting line was rusty.
15.50 740-108 arrived with train.
25-31 unrestored on headshunt.
Oskova Washery [narrow gauge]
55-99 in steam
83-158 in steam
The locos were possibly in steam for a LoRie visit the next day.
09.30 55-99 shunting
10.00 732-195 and 661-309 arrived with train presumably for the benefit of
10.40 19-12 then started shunting for LoRie. Shunting finished about 12.00.
62-677 spare inside
62-125 OOU outside
13.20 As 33-236 worked onto a train
13.35 It then took a full train tender first to the exchange sidings. This allowed the locals to board the wagons and start off loading coal which they subsequently bagged up and took away in
wheel barrows. Returned 13.55 smokebox first and probably the best photo is it leaving the yard as it is downhill to the mine. There are public roads either side of the line which is generally unobstructed.
14.15 to 14.20 it worked at the far side of the mine which can be reached via an unofficial public footpath.
14.35 661-318 passed on train
16.50 55-99 left ? loading facility with covered van on LoRie special heading back to Oskova
17.40 33-248 passed level crossing about half a mile form Dubrave mine with return empties.
9.35 33-248 left Dubrave Mine smokebox first.
10.05 left exchange sidings with empties.
25-30 [rear] and 55-99 LoRie special with 8 empty wagons left at 11.40.
18.20 to 18.40 25-30 shunted in bright sunlight from other side of valley. Normally in the morning it shunts in shade.
9.05 33-248 moved light engine and departed 9.10 with train smokebox first. Accessed site via field railway workers unconcerned about our prescence. After departure loco coasts down to exchange sidings.
9.50 Saw return working from elevated site near some opencast ?mine workings.
11.00 83-158 coaling at loading facility departed 11.09 to Oskova.
720-002 inside diesel shed
740-113 outside diesel shed
720-00x frame and cab only in yard
15.15 to 15.35 33-236 shunted at far end of mine.
16.45 33-236 left mine with train.
17.05 returned light engine.
Arrived 08.20 to see 62-633 shunting in yard.
Went to gatehouse and despite mutual language problems by 08.40 we had authority from the “chef” to enter site and take photos! [needed to show passports].
09.38 62-233 took train of empties to Mittel steel works returned 10.12 light engine. It had a problem with a cylinder and we were told it would not work until following afternoon.
10.20 went on shed.
62-003 OOU in yard
62-648 OOU in yard
62-650 spare on shed
62-362 plinthed by entrance
12.20 642-030 shunting yard.
62-020 spare on shed
62-366 spare on shed
The “chef” allowed us access to the shed but we were not allowed to take photos inside the shed.
Unidentified narrow gauge diesel seen working on the upper level.
Rudnik Makog Uglia, Kakanj
62-015 preserved under shelter at mine offices.
14.00 to 14.25 62-363 did some shunting including going over the level crossing outside the mine area but not venturing down the branch.
14.10 642-183 arrived with empties left 14.36 with fulls.
62-370 freshly painted in compound near road.
Narrow gauge steam not seen at main works.
16.30 62-363 in steam but stationary.
62-672 assumed spare in shed. [Outline of upper part of loco only seen.]
62-363 as 1 April DL–50, a 4wDE, was moving two wagons at a time.
Rajlovac Depot Sarajevo
Assumed KrLi 7498/18 0-6-0 WT named Bosna at right angles to line seen from building under construction.
62-633 seen at Mittel works brought load of empties up at 08.38 stopped then set off again at 08.55. Sun behind clouds so good action photos on connecting line which runs adjacent to security fence. This part of steelworks appears to have been sold off so access possible.
19-37 on plinth in main street near ZRS offices.