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Old August 22nd, 2009, 07:35 PM   #1
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Thanks to the 40 kph speedlimit on the entire network, travelling on the sides and ends of the engines is a common thing between crew members and railfans.
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Old August 22nd, 2009, 07:57 PM   #2
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After we get through the city of Elbasan, we wanted to catch the train at the shut down ropeway conveyor. We missed the spot, so after a short run our only chance was to get on the top of a building being constructed, and luckily the mountains we crossed in the morning gave a nice background.
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T669 1047 crossing a viaduct on its way to Elbasan




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The afternoon service descends to reach the river level near Elbasan. This part of the line was finished in 1973, due to this these type of concrete viaducts was used all over the line.


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T6691055 awaits departure from Kavaje with the 0610 from Tirana to Vlore


T6691032 stands at Durreswith the 0430 service from Pogradec to Tirana
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Outlook from a bunker near lake Ohrid. If I had to choose from these concrete shelters, this one seems to be a good decision. Lake, mountains, and the railway line could make the long hours less boring.


Secured crossing in the Albanian way. As the morning passenger train on it's way to Tirane arrives, a railroader come to the crossing by bike from the next village, and close one of the the gates for the train. There is no opposite console for the gate, so he simply puts it on the ground. Only two passenger trains work on this line, so he don't have too much work to do.


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The livery of the Albanian engines match well the colours of the mountains covering 70% of the country.
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After we get through the city of Elbasan, we wanted to catch the train at the shut down ropeway conveyor. We missed the spot, so after a short run our only chance was to get on the top of a building being constructed, and luckily the mountains we crossed in the morning gave a nice background.
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The former dictator, Enver Hoxha, put up 600,000 bunkers in Albania, so for every four Albanian there is one of them. While more and more new buildings being built on the side of Lake Ohrid, the deepest lake of the Balkans, these things still remain everywhere in the country, making indestructible memorials of 50 years of separation. We took practical use of them, and made this shot standing on the top of one.


Before arriving at the lowlands near the industrial city of Elbasan, the trains run through numerous tunnels that can be photographed well, as they are directly beside the perfectly smooth road.


Passenger train from Pogradec to Tirana cross a bridge as the last rays of the sun get over the nearby mountains.
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T669 1047 crossing a viaduct on its way to Elbasan




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T6691055 awaits departure from Kavaje with the 0610 from Tirana to Vlore


T6691032 stands at Durreswith the 0430 service from Pogradec to Tirana
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T6691054 crawls through the weeds as it enters Vora with the 1455 from Tirana to Vlore


T6691038 arrives into Golem station whilst working the 05:15 from Elbasan to Tirana
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Great photos!
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Interestly, all coaches are from Germany (the red and white ones) and Italy.
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Very interesting report, thanks!
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Great photos.
There's a site (in albanian) dedicated to T669 and other locomotives operating in Albania at past and present time: http://t669.net/
It has a detailed history of Albania's railway network. Those interested should feel free to use google translate to get an idea of the content.
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Very informative and interesting!!! I would like also to see a map with the railway lines tha cross Albania!
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From trainspotting:

http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/...-macedonia.gif
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looks absolutely terrible, 40 kph, bouncing around in the grass hoping the crappy old locomotive won't burst into flames? Why do they still run trains and who rides them? I'd think a bus would be far more attractive to travelers. Are there no roads, even dirt ones

This makes Amtrak look like the Shinkansen.

PS. I think something similiar to those TEM or T66-something diesel locomotives were unsuccessfully attempted to be imported into the USA from the Ukraine as some funky business deal that soured because of trade restrictions against the old soviet bloc. A few sat rusting at the Port of Houston and were famous among railfans in Texas. Not sure if they are still there.

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