Sunday, July 21, 2019

Tarvisio Boscoverde, Villach, Jesenice, Gorizia

Today I will make a round trip with Trieste as departure and arrival station. I will go through 3 different countries: Italy, Austria and Slovenia.
 Trieste Centrale, built during the rule of Austro-Hungarian empire. At that time this was the terminal station of the railway all the way to Vienna.

 Control car of the MDVC type coaches
 ETR 500
 Regional train with MDVE coaches

 My first train is a Regional

 The view is nice when leaving or arriving to Trieste by train


 I have arrived to Monfalcone station which opened in 1860, and the station is a junction between the Venice–Trieste railway and the Udine–Trieste railway.

 On the other platform is a Intercity notte train from Rome
 Intercity Notte Basic coach
 Intercity Notte Comfort coach
 Intercity Notte Deluxe coach

 Coffee machine at the platform
 From Monfalcone I will travel to Udine, but not through the red railway line (which is where most trains operate). I will take the green line through Palmanova which is usually used by freight trains.


 ETR 563, CAF Civity is the train type operating the lines around Trieste
 This train type has been in service since 2012 here. Variations of this train type can be found in Montenegro, UK and Netherlands.
 Only 2nd class is available

 I'm taking now the line Udine-Cervignano

 The railway to Venice to the left
 The only station along the line Udine-Cervignano is Palmanova
 Arriving to Udine
 The train I was taking to Udine, will be the same one for my next journey to Tarvisio Boscoverde with a stop in Pontebba

 ETR 563 is also operating to Slovenia

 Place for bicycles

 I'm now travelling along the 89km long railway between Udine and Tarvisio, called Pontafelbahn in German, or Pontebbana in Italian. The railway opened in 1879 and it was rebuilt in 2000 with new tunnels and a top speed of 180km/h

 More bicycles

 Tagliamento river

 One of the new tunnels ahead

 I'm making a stop at Pontebba station which gave the name to the railway. It is also one of the new places where the old and new stretch of the line meets

 FS Class E.405

 Old ticket counters at the station

 The line operates by regional, freight and long distance trains. Here is a Railjet from Vienna to Venice.
 Railjet is operating the line since December 2017 replacing the Eurocity service. ÖBB Class 1216, Siemens ES64U4 (Taurus III) is used here.
 190 020 is a ES64U4 supporting all 4 power systems in Europe

 Next Regional train on the line will take me to Tarvisio Boscoverde

 It may be a train manufactured by CAF, but it says Alstom on the driver panel

 Arriving to the Italian/Austrian border station
 From Wikipedia: "The station opened on 26 November 2000 as the current northern terminus of the rebuilt Alpine Pontebbana line from Udine railway station. From Tarvisio, the Rudolf Railway runs northwards across the border with Austria towards Villach Hauptbahnhof and the Southern Railway main line.
The station replaced the former Tarvisio Centrale and Tarvisio Città railway stations, opened in 1879. Tarvisio Centrale is still used as a terminus for bus services from Udine. The former Tarvisio–Ljubljana Railway to Jesenice railway station in Slovenia has been closed to traffic since 1967."

 189 400, Eurosprinter from CFI - Compagnia Ferroviaria Italiana S.p.A.

 ÖBB 1293 is the new Vectron MS delivered in 2018
 1293 029
 Together with 1216 017

 Impressive Tarvisio Boscoverde station
 Shunting locomotive from Mareser / InRail

 The path of the old railway

 Monument to the Austrian Grenadier of Tarvisio

 Path of the old railway

 I'm back at the station, now there is another freight train
Since the station of Tarvisio Boscoverde has Italian power system of 3kV DC, the locomotives from Austria has to enter the station with lowered pantographs, which is the case here for the two ÖBB Class 1144 locomotives supporting only Austrian power system of 15kV 16.7Hz AC. The shunting locomotive I saw earlier will be pulling the Class 1144 to the other side of the station supporting 15kV.
 The two locomotives are 1144 097 and 1144 017
 Class 1144 is a locomotive from the 70's-80's
 A bunch of Italian locomotives on the 3kV side of the station
 Class 1216 with Railjet coaches

 Now it is happening

 The journey of the freight train from Austria will continue with this 191 026 Vectron DC from MRCE/InRail

 Now I got a chance to see the kingpin of the intermodal pocket wagon
According to the investigation the cause of the accident in Denmark was that the semitrailer from Carlsberg was not connected properly to this kingpin
 The main entrance to the station

 Not many trains departing here after 13:00. My next train will be the S-Bahn to Villach

 S-Bahn train is arriving from Austria

 The train has two CityShuttle coaches and one coach for bicycles

 Austrian police is checking the passengers going to Austria
 Inside CityShuttle Bmpz-I coach
 Trailer on of the freight trains, looks like it is from Turkey

 Crossing the border to Austria

 A freight train is waiting to enter Italy

 First stop in Austria is Thörl-Maglern

 The line from Tarvisio to Austria is called Rudolsbahn, it is a long railway all the way to Amstetten

 Shortly before Villach, there are many railways connecting together


 Arriving to Villach
 Much more departures here in Villach than in Tarvisio Boscoverde
 Nightjet coach on a day train

 Villach station

 My next train is another S-Bahn, this time to the border with Slovenia
 Slovenian coach
 ÖBB Class 4746 is a Siemens Desiro ML

No window seats

 I'm now taking the line Villach-Rosenbach, which was once part of the railway Salzburg-Trieste
 Faak am See


 Last stop for this short S-Bahn line is Rosenbach,

 S2 line terminating here in Rosenbach. I'm now waiting for S21 line to Jesenice.

 1016 030 "Mausbär"

 S-Bahn to Jesenice

 Entering the Karavanke Tunnel (7976.5 m). It is the fourth longest railway tunnel in Austria and the longest in Slovenia.
 From Wikipedia: "The tunnel passes under Rožca Saddle between Rosenbach in southern Austria and Jesenice in northern Slovenia. It was an important part of the Karawanken Railway, which was - together with the Bohinj Railway - built to connect the port of Trieste with Klagenfurt, the capital of the federal state of Carinthia in Austria. Between 1867-1918, Trieste was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was Austria's first seaport and the principal outlet for the Austro-Hungarian Empire's ocean trade, but it lacked adequate railway communication with Austria's interior. To give a great impetus to the trade of Trieste in particular and to the over-sea trade of Austria in general, it was decided in 1901 to build the Karawanken Railway, connecting Trieste and Klagenfurt. The railway was built over and through the Karawanks, Europe's longest (120 km/70 mi) mountain range, on the border between what are now Slovenia and Austria. The Karawanks Tunnel was opened on October 1, 1906, by Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
The tunnel is still of importance to international train traffic. It is traversed by more than 80 trains a day."
 After a long trip, I can see the other side which is now in Slovenia

 The railway is electrified with 15kV AC all the way until the station, hence the Austrian train can ride here. Then the electrification is switched to 3kV DC which is a standard in Slovenia
 People walking on the tracks

 Old post coach

 Last stop
 Almost all passengers were backpackers, and probably travelling with Interrail

 Also, almost all the passengers changed to this train continuing to Lake Bled

 SŽ class 814 is a DMU manufactured in the 70's by FIAT in cooperation with TVT Boris Kidrič Maribor.

 SŽ class 312, Siemens Desiro

 Inside Class 814
SŽ class 363.
 From Wikipedia: "They were built in 1975-1977 by the French manufacturer Alsthom. They have a typically Alsthom C′C′ wheel arrangement with monomotor bogies. They share their "Nez Cassé" body design with SNCF Class CC 6500 and NS Class 1600, with their electrical system adapted for the Italian-developed 3 kV DC catenary. Their distinctive French styled bodywork led to them acquiring the nickname "Brižita" (English: "Brigitte") after the French actress Brigitte Bardot."
 The electrified railway to Ljubljana to the left.
 I'm now taking the non-electrified Bohinj Railway

 From Wikipedia: "The Bohinj Railway is a railway in Slovenia and Italy. It connects Jesenice in Slovenia with Trieste in Italy. It was built by Austria-Hungary from 1900 to 1906 as a part of a new strategic railway, the Neue Alpenbahnen, that would connect Western Austria and Southern Germany with the then Austro-Hungarian port of Trieste. The line starts in Jesenice, at the Southern end of the Karawanks Tunnel; it then crosses the Julian Alps through the Bohinj Tunnel, and passes the border town of Nova Gorica before crossing the Italian border and reaching Trieste.
During the First World War, it carried the majority of Austrian military supplies to the Isonzo Front. Due to new political divisions in Europe, with the dissolution of Austria-Hungary into separate states in 1918 and the isolation of communist Yugoslavia after 1945, the railway decreased in importance during the twentieth century. However, Slovenia's accession to the European Union has created new prospects for the railway as a convenient passenger and freight route from Central and Eastern Europe to the port of Trieste."

 At Lake Bled station many passengers are both departing and arriving

 More passengers, this time with bicycles
 For the rest of the trip until Nova Gorica, the train was full with passengers and bicycles

 Soča river

 Arriving to Nova Gorica

 Nova Gorica station

 The border between Slovenia and Italy is located just outside the station
 So, this time I crossed the border by foot

 From Nova Gorica in Slovenia I'm entering the twin town Gorizia in Italy. There is a 30 min walk to the Italian station

 Dog city run

 Gorizia station
 FS Class E.405 at Gorizia

 I'm now taking train back to Trieste

 Back to Trieste

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