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Locomotives International

June - July 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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United Kingdom
Mainline & Maritime
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
st petersburg railway museums

I was fortunate enough to spend two days in St Petersburg in August 2019. As well as exploring the metro and tram systems, and travelling on the two Children’s Railways, I also visited two railway museums and the Finland station. The Central Museum of Railway Transport The Central Museum of Railway Transport is located near Sennaya Ploschad and Sadovaya metro stations. The museum houses an impressive collection of models, artifacts, signalling equipment and engineering displays, although there are no full-size vehicles located at the museum. There is also a small shop selling a selection of railway books and souvenirs. The museum opens Friday to Wednesday (closed Thursdays) between 11.00-17.00. (www.museum.ru/museum/railway) The Russian Railway Museum This new museum, which is the largest railway museum in Russia, opened in October 2017 alongside Baltiskiy station. There are two main…

4 min
arnprior-nepean railway: a canadian survivor

I have known that there is a freight branch a couple of kilometres from our home in Ottawa but, despite having seen the train occasionally, I have never taken any photos or looked into its history until recently. The results were certainly interesting and unusual. It all started in 1892 with the building of the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway, terminating around 400 km due west at Depot Harbour on the shore of Lake Huron. The first section to open was from Ottawa to Arnprior (approx. 65 km) in 1893, with the whole line completed in 1896. The line changed hands several times over the years: Canada Atlantic (1899), Grand Trunk (1914) and Canadian National (1920). Through traffic, which had earlier been very prosperous, ended in 1933 after a storm severely…

6 min
german reparation locomotives in georgia

Whilst sorting out old photos I came across some I took in Georgia (Former Soviet Union) in 1995. This prompted me to look into the history of two LKM narrow gauge locomotives and to find out why they were in Georgia and if there were any more that I hadn’t seen. Both locomotives belonged to class Gr (Cyrillic: Гр short for Германская репарация or German reparation). About four hundred and twenty of these mainly 750mm gauge 0-8-0 locomotives were built at the Karl Marx Locomotive Plant (formerly Orenstein and Koppel) in Babelsberg between 1947 and 1956 and were delivered to the Soviet Union as part of German war reparations after WWII. They were powerful machines, but their driving performance as well as ease of operation and maintenance left much to…

4 min
the tacna railway museum & its locomotives

The Origins of the Museum The Tacna Railway Museum dates formally from 1978 and is sited in the grounds of the Tacna headquarters of the Tacna-Arica Railway (FCTA), shared with the station itself and the depot where active, or potentially active, rolling stock is kept and maintained. The station itself was declared a National Monument in 1980. The Museum itself has been termed the “National Railway Museum”, a title which it deserves by default, as it has no competitor since an attempt to form a railway museum in Lima in the 1990s bore no fruit and the country’s only other railway museum as such is that at Puerto Eten, on the northern coast, which is decidedly local in nature. Moreover, as the FCTA was the recipient of hand-me-downs from other railways in…

15 min
the pressburgerbahn

The Pressburgerbahn is a fascinating railway, only 47 kms long today, but with a great variety of names for the places it served, locomotives, electric currents and gauges! At the time that the railway was promoted, it was planned to connect Vienna with Pozsany, which is the Hungarian name (as it was Hungarian at that time) for Pressburg, which was the German name for what today is known by its Slovak name as Bratislava. Throughout this article I will call it Bratislava for simplicity. The Austro - Hungarian Empire was huge, it included Czech republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, parts of Italy, parts of Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Montenegro and most of Poland. It was said that the national anthem was sung in 14 different languages! Keeping this very mixed and…

7 min
update on ebute metta

Ebute Metta’, featured in Issue 129 of Locomotives International, prompts me to put pen to paper, to update readers on proposals for development at Ebute Metta and elsewhere in Nigeria. In May 1998, the Nigerian Railway Corporation authorised the development of a railway museum centred on four historic buildings and a range of locomotives and rolling stock within the railway compound at Ebute Metta. The former Colonial General Manager’s house is a two-storey colonial mansion built on a large expanse of landscaped land in 1898. LEGACY – the volunteer-led charitable partnership organisation charged with developing the site – has created a museum facility which is self-funding, additionally relying on income generated through non-core activities such as venue hire and the staging of events, as well as occasional location filming – Nigeria hosts…