Locomotives International

October - November 2021

64 pages packed with photos, articles and features on all aspects of railways around the world. Technical, historical, old and modern, steam and diesel, all find a home here at Locomotives International. At least three continents feature in every issue! And don't miss out on "Readers' Reports" and "Back Track" - unique to Locomotives International, sections written exclusively by the readers for the readers! You aren't buying a magazine, you are joining a community!

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in this issue

6 min
belgium & china - the peking-hankow railway

The modern country of Belgium was created in 1830 and came into being on the 1st of January 1831. The first King, (a German uncle of Queen Victoria and appointed by the British) Leopold I set about uniting and developing this new country. With far sighted vision, he saw that the new invention of railways would create a strong industry and unite the country. The first railway on the Continent of Europe opened between Mechelen / Malines and Brussels in May 1835. The original locomotives and rolling stock came from Britain, but by the end of 1835 engines and wagons were being produced in Belgium. The Belgian rail and heavy industry grew rapidly. King Leopold’s vision was to have all the country connected by rail, and Belgium quickly developed the densest…

2 min
the rjukanbanen

The 16 km long Rjukan Railway, opened in 1909, is rather a curiosity and was the subject of an article in Continental Railway Journal many years ago. It was built by Norsk Hydro at the same time as its electro-chemical factories and new town at Rjukan. This followed soon after Norway gained independence from Sweden and was part of an industrial revolution to increase the wellbeing of the country. The transport link from Rjukan to Skien and the sea comprised of: • The isolated Rjukan Railway which ran to a landing stage at Mæl on lake Tinnsjo. • Train ferries for 30 km. on Tinnsjo to a landing stage at Tinnoset at the southern end of the lake. • A railway from Tinnoset via Notodden to Skien; the Bratsberg Railway which was jointly financed…

20 min
end of the line for the nitrate railways

The geographical and historical context Nitrates, or, more precisely, sodium nitrates, are found in what is known locally as caliche, i.e. nitrate-bearing rock or ore, mainly in an intermittent band up to 45 km wide on the pampa, at altitudes of from 950 to 1 300 metres above sea level between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain chain and at latitudes from 19°S to 26°S. The caliche was usually concentrated in situ into nitrate at factories, known locally as oficinas. Nitrates are used as an agricultural fertilizer, in the manufacture of explosives and in other industrial applications. Before the War of the Pacific (1879 to 1883), the embryonic nitrate production was concentrated in Peru’s Tarapaca Province, with lesser amounts being contributed by the Chilean-owned Compania de Salitre y Ferrocarril de Antofagasta…

6 min
a romanian cab ride

For very many years I have taken a particular interest in Romanian railways and particularly railways in the north east of that country. The city I know best is the historic city of Iaşi with its prestigious university and interesting railway operations. There are three main routes radiating from Iasi, to the south, the west and the east and it is the route to the east that currently interests us. As will be seen from the sketch map, this line crosses from Romania to the Republica Moldova between Ungheni Prut, where there is a halt, and Ungheni, a largish town, the frontier being marked by the River Prut. The line continues into Moldova to the capital, Chisinau, and beyond. It is 21 kms from Iasi to Ungheni Prut, a further…

2 min
a photographic miscellany

At the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, on the final day of the “Victorian Iron Horse Round-up,” D. & R.G. 168 (BLW 6670 / 1883) arrived pre-dawn on the east end of the railway, having traveled overnight from Chama, New Mexico. At milepost 286, near Ferguson’s Trestle, the train stopped to await sunrise. After the passengers disembarked, as the sun rose, several photo runpasts were staged for the benefit of photographers. Thomas R Schultz…

21 min
readers’ reports

Contributions for this section should be sent to the Editorial Office, with the following exceptions: • Southern Africa – John Middleton, c/o Editorial Office. Email: johnmiddleton3401@gmail.com • South America – Lionel Price, 9, Liverpool Road West, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1PE. Email: jldprice@btinternet.com • Spain & Portugal – Joan Carles Salmeron, c/o Editorial Office. Email: cet@terminus.cat Contributions which are primarily photographic in nature should all be sent to the Editorial Office to give the best choice of material for covers etc. Similarly historical articles and features should be sent to the Editor. The Editor’s contact details are inside the front cover. AFRICA MOZAMBIQUE CFM One of the new Indian built locomotives, D333, was dropped about 15 metres onto the quayside in India during ship loading. A video which appeared on You Tube appears to show one of the…