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Old December 3rd, 2014, 02:15 PM   #41
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When did operations cease and is there still any trace of the line visible today?
The line was closed somewhere in the 1970's. And yes, today you can see some parts of the line, for example, this is a tunnel of the old narrow-gauge line:





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Old December 3rd, 2014, 05:49 PM   #42
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Looks like it would make a great walking path. I once saw the abandoned railway Gradsko-Prilep-Bitola and it looked similar, but I believe the rails were still on the track. Thanks alot.
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Old December 21st, 2014, 12:16 PM   #43
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Bulgarian consortium will reconstruct the railway Bitola-Kremenica

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The European Union on the recently completed international bidding chose Bulgarian consortium for the reconstruction of the railway line from Bitola to Kremenica, with a length of 17 kilometers. The construction activities will begin in early 2015 and should finish in a period of 18 months. The value of the entire project is 20 million euros, provided by the EU funds. The contractor is obliged to reconstruct the line that was not in use for quite long time, to build a new rail up to the industrial zone "Žabeni" and to build a new station at this location, to reconstruct the position near the village of Кravari, to build and rehabilitate nine smaller bridges and 10 railway crossings and to set signal and telecommunication equipment.



* The project will include reconstruction of the railway station in Bitola

The full realization of this rail project will provide a new rail link from Bitola to Greece, in which you can move locomotives and freight cars of any type with a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour. The project envisages full rehabilitation of the railway station in Bitola. In agreement with the Greek state railway, already is decided the common border station to be Kafkasos. In addition to industrial needs, the reconstructed line can be used by the citizens of Bitola travel to Thessaloniki. The railway line from Greece is rehabilitated from a few years ago, which leaves the possibility of introduction of passenger trains.
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 02:31 AM   #44
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There are already passenger trains from Florina to Thessaloniki, 3 pairs per day, so maybe one of them could be extended to Bitola? It would be great to have more transport links between the two countries. In the future it could mean that people from Bitola could visit Athens by train in less than 7 hours, making an overnight train a possibility.
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 08:05 PM   #45
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I believe that's the intention - in near future to have functional railroad connection between our two countries (passenger and transport trains).
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Old January 29th, 2015, 01:36 PM   #46
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When would go new train in service?
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Old January 29th, 2015, 02:48 PM   #47
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Perhaps the first in August or september, and every month one by one will arrive.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 04:52 PM   #48
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A little bit older news...

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Macedonian Railways received 107 new wagons

03.03.2015

The fleet of the Macedonian Railways is enriched for 107 new freight cars that were presented today in Skopje. By the end of the month is expected to be delivered the remaining 43 cars from the Slovakian company "Trnava" which will complete the purchase in the amount of 13.2 million euros.










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Old March 28th, 2015, 04:17 PM   #49
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Two New Bitola-Skopje Train Lines to Be Introduced

March 27, 2015, Friday

Starting April, Macedonian Railroads will reintroduce the 540 and 541 trains that connect Skopje and Bitola.

The train lines were temporarily cancelled, and will be reintroduced under their old timetable. The 541 train leaves Skopje at 4:55 p.m. for Bitola and will be put back on the schedule on April 1st, while the 540 leaves Bitola for Skopje at 5:18 a.m. and will resume on April 2nd.
- See more at: http://www.independent.mk/articles/1....sQSLyXcu.dpuf
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Macedonia got the first ultramodern train

Next month in Macedonia will be delivered the first of six passenger trains for the “Macedonian Railways Transport” AD produced by the Chinese company CRRC. New passenger electromotive furniture was promoted today at the plant of the company in the city Zhuzhou before Macedonian delegation led by Minister of Transport and Communications Minister Vlado Misajlovski, reports MIA.



The train has three carriages with capacity of 200 passengers and is able to speed up to 160 kilometers per hour, reports MIA. From CRRC inform that Macedonia will purchases another four diesel electric motors and gaskets, which according to the minister Misajlovski should arrive by January next year.

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Old July 8th, 2015, 02:02 PM   #51
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Can you tell us a bit more about the narrow gauge tracks that seem to survive in some of the pictures above ? Many thanks in advance !
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Can you tell us a bit more about the narrow gauge tracks that seem to survive in some of the pictures above ? Many thanks in advance !
it seems that the pictures are made in the factory (in China).
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An, that is not what he is asking.
Marc, see my post on the previous page. The two narrow gauge lines were built by German occupying troops in Serbia in WWI, in order to facilitate transport to the front with French/British troops in Salonica. They were hastily built and not meant as serious infrastructure investment, but as these rather remote regions had at the time no better connections, were used for several decades.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 06:47 PM   #54
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No that's my mistake. I did not look very deeply to the pictures above showing the new
macedonian rolling stock, and did not realise that they were not taken in Macedonia. But
I did see the 3-rails track sections and incorrectly assumed that there were still narrow
gauge trains in use in Macedonia. I stand now corrected, thank you.
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Old July 9th, 2015, 09:34 AM   #55
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Hi,can someone put some pictures of reconstructed central railway station Skopje.Tnx.
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The station is still under reconstruction, no significant progress is made so far.
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Hi,can someone put some pictures of reconstructed central railway station Skopje.Tnx.





source: http://www.build.mk/forum/forum_post...=197507#197507
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Old July 10th, 2015, 11:46 AM   #58
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Thnak you it seems ok,let s hope for the best!
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Old July 28th, 2015, 01:31 PM   #60
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Overhaul of Prilep railway station

Prilep will soon get a modern transport center through the overhaul of the railway station and its merger with the new bus station, which was put into use a year ago, said Prilep Mayor Marjan Risteski.

The railway station reconstruction is part of the project for overhaul of ten such stations throughout Macedonia. The Corridor 10*related project also includes railway stations in Veles, Bitola, Gevgelija, Bogomila, Caska, Tabanovce, Demir Kapija, Gradsko and Negotino. The investment for the stations reconstruction amounts to EUR 2,2 million, along with EUR 2,9 million for overhaul of the Skopje railway station.

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