Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Rijeka, Zagreb

Time to leave Rijeka and head north towards Sweden.
A bus with "Rijeka 2020" European Capital of Culture livery
The first train is a Regional train to Ogulin. Due to railway works part of the trip will be replaced by a bus.
The train has 3 coaches, one Beet and two Bl

HŽ class 1141

The train is announced with destination Zagreb, even though this one is only travelling to Ogulin.

Leaving Rijeka

Slowly the train starts to climb up already in Rijeka

A person next to the tracks

Near Škrljevo another railway is attached to the main one. It is a branch railway from the harbour of Kostrena and Bakar.


I've travelled only about 10km and already reached 445m above sea level

The bridge to Krk island
Rijeka seen from above, it feels like I am taking a plane

About 30km from Rijeka I've reached 818m above sea level

It feels much colder here than down at Rijeka

1141 010


1141 221 and a freight train


Some stations have no staff nor passengers

The train has arrived to Moravice which is the end station for this train.

All passengers are kindly requested to continue their journey by bus

The bus is already waiting
That's the whole train fitting in one bus

Leaving Moravice


A freight train near Gomirje station

Stari grad Ogulin
At Ogulin station it is time to change back to the train

Next is train P 4059 from Ogulin to Zagreb
1141 382

223-007 EuroRunner from Rail & Sea

Railway to Split
Compartment of Bl coach

Meeting with HŽ class 6111

Crkva svetog Antuna Padovanskog
Duga Resa
Karlovac Centar

Between Karlovac and Zagreb the railway allows this high speed
Red light, train ahead

Some trains here have 1st class

HŽPP 6112

Approaching Zagreb

Adriatic Train Hostel

HŽ class 1141 and 1142
Class 1142 was manufactured by Končar in the '80s

Luggage lockers at Zagreb station. Not a single one was empty, so I had once again the advantage of using Bag BnB service at the nearby cafe
Zagreb Glavni Kolodvor. The station opened in 1892 designed by Hungarian architect Ferenc Pfaff.

Statue of King Tomislav
Art Pavilion

After leaving the luggage at the nearby cafe it is time to visit the city
Tatra KT4 tram in Zagreb

Farmers' market

Cathedral of Zagreb and St Mary Church

St. Mark's Church

From Wikipedia: "A plaque depicting a relief of Nikola Tesla is present on the Old City Hall (Zagreb) in Zagreb, Croatia's capital, commemorating his proposal to build an alternating current power station, which he made to the city council. The plaque quotes Tesla's statement, given in the building on 24 May 1892, which reads: "As a son of this country, I consider it my duty to help the City of Zagreb in every way, either through counsel or through action" (Croatian: "Smatram svojom dužnošću da kao rođeni sin svoje zemlje pomognem gradu Zagrebu u svakom pogledu savjetom i činom")."

Many outdoor bars in Zagreb, must be a lot of life here in the evening

Crotram TMK 2200
Končar TMK 2100
I'm back to the station. Now there is only one train left for today but it is a very long journey
It is IC 201 "Agram" from Zagreb to Budapest with a journey time of 5h 46min
The train has Hungarian coaches Bmz and ABmz traveling all the way from Zagreb to Budapest. In Croatia, HZPP coaches are used between Zagreb and Koprivnica. On the Hungarian side, coaches are attached at Nagykanizsa station.

The train will use this 1142 locomotive until Gyékényes

Unfortunately despite the long journey, the train has no restaurant or any other service on board

Knowing that there is no service on board, it is important to have enough water and snacks

Traveling on M102 railway which is being upgraded to double-track standard and to have partially new route

The train is used for local services

Unfortunately, the air condition was not working properly in the 1st class, so once the 2nd class coaches became empty it was necessary to move there

Shortly after leaving Križevci station, our train was standing still for hours due to a broken freight train ahead of us
All doors were opened, so it was possible to get some fresh air

Passengers were smoking and patiently waiting
Nearby there was a chicken farm

Since it was possible to see the freight train, one could also tell when the road would become available for further journey

Finally, the freight train got some help with another locomotive and our train could continue
Seems that it was this 1141 004 that was broken
Koprivnica - last stop in Croatia

Moving on to 2nd class coach with a much better and working air condition

The first stop in Hungary
The border control is made directly in the train

Croatian locomotive is now replaced with a Hungarian one
MÁV Class V43 is the main workhorse for electrical traction in Hungary

From Wikipedia: "The V43 is being gradually replaced in MÁV service by modern Bombardier TRAXX locomotives. Meanwhile, a part of the fleet has received minimal upgrades to comply with EUROFIMA requirements and about half of all V43s are now equipped by modern "semi-pantograph" type catenary current collectors. From the middle of 2011 MÁV-Trakció started to change the class numbers to meet the new UIC standardizations. The V43 1xxx series changed to 431 xxx, the V43 2xxx to 432 xxx and the V43 3xxx to 433 xxx."
From Wikipedia: "The MÁV Class V43 is a Hungarian-built electric locomotive, with a characteristic box-like appearance. It was designed and prototyped in the early 1960s, by the 50 C/s Group (a European consortium for promotion of using 25 kV AC/50 Hz on railway routes. The consortium consisted of rail electrification expert companies Siemens, Alsthom, AEG, M.F.Oerlikon, Brown-Boveri and seven smaller firms) commissioned by the Hungarian government.
It was further developed, debugged and series produced in the Ganz factory and operated by MÁV in Hungary. A total of 379 locomotives were built between 1963 and 1982 to replace the MÁV Class V40 and MÁV Class V60, as well as the widespread Class 424 steam locomotives. Nickname of the classic V43 1000 series is Szili (because it has silicon Semiconductor); V43 2000 series is Papagáj (Parrot - because of the painting); V43 3000 series is Cirmos (Tabby - also because of the painting). Initially the ones produced in Germany, could operate on 16 kV AC supply as well."

Here at Nagykanizsa station our train will be extended with one Hungarian coach of type Bydee

Bydee coach has space for bicycles

Bydee coach has windows that can be opened

I'm now traveling on Budapest–Murakeresztúr railway which is a 235km long railway line in Hungary that connects the Hungarian capital city Budapest with Nagykanizsa and Murakeresztúr.

The railway follows the south coast of Balaton lake. Unfortunately due to a delay of the train, I was not able to see it in the daylight.

Lake Balaton is a very popular tourist destination, hope it is clear what this is

Also, due to the delay the arrival to Budapest was very late, hence no photos in this post from Budapest. 

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