The shortest of three Tunnels
The first tunnel on the forestry line of Viseu de Sus is the shortest of the three. Under really wintry conditions 764 421 made its way through ...
Nursing the Loco
Stop in Paltin. The loco sucks water from a little pond next to the line while the driver cares the oil and the firemen add some firewood to the bunker of the lo... (more)
On its way to the Ukrainian border 764 421 passes an icy rockface.
A nice ballet of icicles greets the train as it arrived Bardau, deep in the forests of the Carpathians.
A chartered logging train winds through the forests of the Carpathian Mountains at the border between Romania and Ukraine. The Mo-Fr logging trains are diesel opera... (more)
View from on the converor belt of Bulaway's coal bunker, once a busy place. Below is 14A 519 with a full load of coal before its return to the loco depot.
Nyoni, our senior loco driver, stopped the train below a pedestrian bridge for two minutes just to talk to his wife and his daughter which coincidentally showed up th... (more)
It required long and exhausting talks to get a substantial passenger train behind a 15A. Many attempts since 2007 failed becasue they didn't want to give us more ... (more)
Unlike last year the spray from the Victoria Falls and sun were just right in June 2018 to capture a nice rainbow in front of the steel girder viaduct as 15A 414 passes o... (more)
Feeding the Beast
Firing a Garratt requires good condition. On the run from Bulawayo Mpopoma to Cement the boiler pressure already felt to 9.4 atmospheres (136 psi), and it's sti... (more)
14 passenger coaches was a hefty load for the 15A. In their current technical shape they can manage only nine to ten. In the morning they tried to haul what I had ... (more)
After a horseshoe curve beyond Sambawizi the track leads straight east, enabling a glint shot with the setting sun while 4-6-4+4-6-4 Garratt 15A 414 thunders towards Vic... (more)
A black & white study of the Victoria Falls Bridge, taken from the Zambian side. The loco is on the Zambian side as well, while the last passenger coaches are still in Zim... (more)
Back on the Rails
... and this was how they solved the problem.
The light tender of 764 404R chose another way than the locomotive (which is parked behind the photographer). the owner of the line looks a bit undetermined ...