Kosova Railroad
Nelson Riedel NARiedel@Adelphia.net
Initial: 9/07/03 Last Revised:03/23/2005

I spent a month in the summer of 2003 working in Pristina, the capital of Kosova.  Before going there I had done a bit of research and found there was a rail system with passenger service to most of the cities in the region.  Upon arrival I learned that the rail system was being run by UNMIK (UN Mission In Kosova) and there is no rail service.  

One Saturday a colleague and I drove about 100 KM northwest to Peje, near the borders with Albania and Montenegro to hike in the mountains.   We stopped for a few minutes at the edge of the city near a rail yard where I took the following photos.

The first thing I noticed was the different shape of the freight cars..... 

The European style couplers .......

And the single axel trucks on some of the cars ..

There was a small turntable,  probably used to turn around the diesel electric locomotives. 

This is the view from the other side of the turntable showing the mountains.  The turntable is in the valley at about 500 meters elevation, the highest peaks in the area are at ~2500 meters.   Had a beautiful day in the mountains guided by one of the locals who had fought in these mountains during the war. 

The turntable is hand operated.

The track seems in pretty good shape.  However, apparently no trains have moved on this track in several years 

There was an old engine house, but no locomotives in the area. 

I later visited the yards at Pristina where apparently all the locomotives in the country are setting.  This one seems very old but appears to be operational.  Maybe it was out of the country during the war.  The blue and white sign identifies it as UNMIK.  These photos were taken midmorning on a Friday.  There were a couple people hammering around or on a locomotive in an engine house.    Some of the tracks in this area showed recent use. 

This locomotive is much newer and marked KFOR --- Kosova FORce --- the NATO military.  The KFOR markings were obviously put on the locomotive after the war -- 1999 or later.   It seems to have been damaged.

These are some older smaller locomotives.  If I read the Serbian markings correctly, they were manufactured in Belgrade.

This is an interesting axel.  Wonder how many decades it has been setting there.   There was no sign of the remainder of this or any other steam locomotive.   

 

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