Railways in Croatia
Grandiose motifs in spectacular scenery
The railway in Croatia exerts magic and fascination on those who are well disposed to the railway. Unfortunately, the Croatian government and politicians, as well as their Eastern European neighbors, have failed to invest in an environmentally friendly mode of transport, instead they were pumping all their money into broad and straightforward highways.
So the railroad lines have fallen behind and can't really compete with trucks or long-distance buses. The one man's sorrow is another man's joy.
For the railway photographer, the lack of investment turns out to be an Eldorado, a paradise for friends of hard-working diesel locomotives at the mountain with a freight train on a hook in a magnificent landscape without an ugly noise protection wall.
Popular and well-known are the Lika and the Dalmatian railway line with its former junction Knin.
Is the railway in Croatia a serious alternative to road traffic? All data are based on the timetable of 2019.
The train service between the largest city in Croatia Zagreb and the second largest city of the country Split is rather modest. Split is located directly on the Adriatic Sea, luring with beach and sea and a touristically attractive old town. The station itself is located directly next to the harbor, from where the ferries to the surrounding islands arrive and leave. Also cruise liners dock here. It would be an optimal link for travellers and vacationers. By the way, it is only a few meters from the train station and the harbor to the very worth seeing old town.
The passenger, however, is offered during the day just one single Intercity train pair. Seasonally runs a second train. And both trains drive in the constellation shown as a diesel motor train set composed of only the two railcars. You can calculate for yourself the capacity of offered seats. There is a third train pair. This train only operates at night (departure in 2019 Zagreb 22:56h / Split 21:54h). This night train is hauled by a locomotive and includes (seasonal) coaches to Budapest, offering in this time for Hungarian people a comfortable arrival and departure to the Adriatic Sea. In the section on the Lika line between Ogulin and Knin, these trains even master the whole traffic; there is no public local rail transport. Whether the offer with buses on the parallel, well and fully developed highway A1 is similarly modest, I dare to doubt. The highway also pass the fifth largest city Zadar, while the rail traffic is discontinued. Further south to the jewel on the Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik, whose entire old town has been included in the World Heritage list by UNESCO, even has no rail link at all.
Between the largest and the third largest city in Croatia only one or two express trains (seasonally) with few coaches and one commuter train are offered per day. The trains are also not travelling with high speed on this single track ralway line. This main line and European railway corridor isn't constructed straight ahead, thanks to the geological condition. The parallel, straight ahead lead, line-optimized and with much more lanes equipped highway A6 / E65 is in direct neighborhood. In the touristy very popular Istria and there in the with Roman flair attached eighth largest city Pula you can't travel directly over Croatian territory. Here the rail traveling tourist has to take a detour over a foreign country. There exists only one rail connection via Slovenia to Pula.
Not even the railway main line between Zagreb and the Serbian capital Belgrade, formerly an important domestic connection in Yugoslavia, can keep up with the railway axes of European neighbors. The two lines north from Dugo Selo to Kutina or south from Zagreb to Sisak and Sunja are both single-tracked lines and can sometimes only be used with slow speed. In Novska both branches are joind and continues as double track line a little faster to the east, on the parallel A3 anyway.
To the seventh largest city Slavonski Brod drive next to some express trains some more local trains than as to Rijeka. The northern located line in the river Drava plane to the fourth largest city Osijek is also a single track line, from Koprivnica not electrified, thus again a magnet for friends of diesel locomotives in front of fast trains. Even the 11th largest city of Varaždin can only be reached by diesel vehicles.
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were joined into a separate national gallery due to the huge choice of available pictures.
All other countries are summarized in the
international photo gallery. The steam locomotives mustn’t be missing,
but they have as well their own galleries, one is reserved for
German steam trains, another for
Japanese steam train operations.
Chinese factory and coal mine railways were also spun off and joined together in its
China winter steam gallery, because the amount of available photos is simply
too intensive to show them in the regular steam locomotive gallery.
The rest steam locomotives and trains are joined together in the
worldwide photo gallery.
Some Photos have a corresponding Video clip. If you prefer to see motion instead of
a HD image then you should switch to
Video to photo summary.
There you will find videos which are listed in the same sequence as the photos and
which are uploaded to the Internet. Please note that as starting sequence
only the videos with Slovakian trains are selected, including steam trains
You are welcome to modify as to your personal preference and then rebuild the overview again.
Following on from the picture gallery, there are explanations and requirements.
Further pages can be found on the subject of railways, train and locomotives.
No photo gallery? Worth knowing about technology and program
If your operating system doesn’t build the photo gallery, but instead displays a warning
that restricts the display of active content, allow the blocked risk. The navigation,
the selection menus of the photo gallery as well as the control of the gallery pages are
Furthermore, since version 3.0 the entire screen is designed in container technology with a
maximum of 5 areas, which are set visible or kept hidden depending on the screen width.
Same width also determines how many shots can be shown in a row and automatically adjusts to
it when you refresh the screen, similar to your Windows Explorer. Due to the variable structure
of the gallery, unfortunately, no headings can be given any longer, which area will be
The photo gallery itself as one on the 5 subsections is displayed with dynpro subscreen
technology, means in the screen encircled container 2 other containers are connected in the
top left position. One of these sub-container shows as transparent background image
diesel locos HŽ 2062-026 and -025 and a freight train from Solin in Zvjerinac;
the other container contains the text.
The wallpaper in the background is fixed with 100% x-axis and 100% y-axis and
3050 pixels, the text container calculates its depth itself. Depending to your screen
configuration, one container is displayed deeper than the other, so there it at the
bottom an overpowering beyond the edge of one of the containers.
In normal cases the wallpaper should finish deeper than the text.
Some patience, please note
The pictures of the photo gallery are extremely compressed to 165 * 110 pixels,
thus very fuzzy, but this is the intention. By clicking the frame you will get the actual size
with an image resolution of 2250 * 1500 pixels and the detailed data to the picture.
You can click the graphics right away, the second screen will open, but it may be that
your Internet browser will load all the photos in the gallery before the single photo
is activated in the zoom. Also note that your computer may issue a warning about active
elements in the background. Without activation and during charging, the zoom screen
remains black, which is not a program error, it is just the background color.
Please be patient. How the photo description is structured and which possibilities
you have in operating the system, is shortly summarized in the
to the photo.
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