Monday, July 22, 2019

Ljubljana, Rijeka

Today my journey goes on from Italy to Slovenia and Croatia.
Trieste station once again in the morning
Cappella San Raffaele inside the station

MDVC driving coach (to the right) and FS Class D.345 diesel locomotive from the 70's

FS Class D.345 is manufactured by FIAT
My first train today is a Regional service to Ljubljana. The service started in September 2018. There are two direct trains each day between Italy and Slovenia.

I'm now travelling on the railway called Südbahn built in 1857 between Vienna and Trieste. The line here is used mainly by freight trains, so the stations between Miramare and Villa Opicina are not used by any passenger service. Here is Aurisina

Villa Opicina is the border station in Italy

There is a longer stop here so I have time to visit the station

ETR 563, CAF Civity, in Villa Opicina
ÖBB Class 1293, Vectron MS

Transalpine (Bohinj) railway to the left here

First stop in Slovenia is Sežana. There were not many passengers between Trieste and Sezana, and almost all of them were Interrail or Eurail passholders.

The trip between Trieste and Ljubljana by train takes about 2h. There is a more frequent and faster Flixbus service that takes 1h30min
Divača station is connecting the railway Trieste-Ljubljana with the railway to Koper and Pula

Pivka station is connecting the railway to Trieste with the railway to Rijeka. But I'm not going there yet.


2h later I'm arriving to the capital of Slovenia - Ljubljana
SŽ class 312, Siemens Desiro
SŽ class 713, manufactured by MBB Donauwörth / TVT Boris Kidrič Maribor in the 80's
Luggage storage room at the station was full, so the short visit to Ljubljana had to be done with the bags
Ljubljana station is connecting the railways Trieste-Vienna with the railway to Tarvisio/Villach and Karlovac. The station opened in 1849.

From Wikipedia: "SŽ series 310 is a high-speed tilting EMU used on the InterCitySlovenija premium train service in Slovenia, operated by Slovenske železnice since September 24, 2000. It is based on the Italian ETR 460 commonly known as Pendolino. The train is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 200 km/h. The train is electric single system - 3 kV DC."
Only 3 cars on each train set. There are totally 3 train sets operating the line to Maribor and in the summer to Koper.

SŽ class 711

SŽ class 363
SŽ class 342 (to the left), is an Italian locomotive from the 70's manufactured by Ansaldo
From Wikipedia: "Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia. It was under Habsburg rule from the Middle Ages until the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918. After World War II, Ljubljana became the capital of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia, part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It retained this status until Slovenia became independent in 1991 and Ljubljana became the capital of the newly formed state."

Franciscan Church of the Annunciation and Statue of France Prešeren

I'm standing at the same point as the photo on the cover of my Interrail pass


Yugoslav dictator Tito seems to be still popular here, maybe because his mother was from Slovenia
France Prešeren was a 19th-century Romantic Slovene poet

I'm back to the station

Eurocity train from Croatia, Zagreb

SŽ class 541, Siemens ES64U4 Taurus is a similar locomotive to ÖBB Class 1216, configured for 3kV DC (for Slovenia and Italy), 15kV AC (Austria and Germany) and 25kV AC (Croatia and Hungary) voltage systems.
ÖBB Class 1216
SŽ 541 013, "Almdudler"

Unfortunately the train to Rijeka was replaced by a bus due to a construction work on the line ahead

1216 921 "Tamara", Siemens ES64U4 from Adria Transport

The bus was full with Interrail passengers as well, many from Netherlands and other European countries

Both Slovenia and Croatia are part of EU, but since Croatia is not part of Schengen area, there are border controls on both sides

The only stop for the bus was at the Opatija Matulji in Croatia

The bus has arrived to station of Rijeka, actually ahead of the schedule
Rijeka station

0400 119 "Velebit" and 0400 173 "Dinara" six-axle locomotives manufactured by Electroputere Craiova Romania plant in 1974. Each locomotive has its own name, which consists of the name of a mountain in Croatia.
Basically, they are built under the Swedish license of ASEA SJ Rb and NOHAB (Allmänna Svenska Elektriska AB, Nydqvist & Holm AB) type marked on the Romanian railways as CFR 060-EA (Clasa 40) / CFR 060-EB Electroputere LE 5100 (as power in kW) with Co '- Co' axle arrangement. For the former JŽ (Jugoslavenske Željeznice) they were designated as JŽ 461-0 / JŽ 461-1.
HŽ class 1141 is also originally based on the license of the Swedish company ASEA

HŽ series 6111 EMU, built by Ganz, Hungary.

Very similar to Swedish Rc locomotive which I see very often in Sweden
Class 1141 is produced by ASEA/ Končar. Rebuilt in 2008

MV483 was the train I was supposed to take earlier. Here the coaches will be used for the night train

The railway from Rijeka to Zagreb is passing through the central Rijeka

Croatian cat

From Wikipedia: "Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). It is located in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County on Kvarner Bay, an inlet of the Adriatic Sea and has a population of 128,624 inhabitants. Historically, because of its strategic position and its excellent deep-water port, the city was fiercely contested, especially among Italy, Hungary (serving as the Kingdom of Hungary's largest and most important port), and Croatia, changing hands and demographics many times over centuries."

Fish for dinner

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