Locomotives International

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!

United Kingdom
Mainline & Maritime
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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…

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the peking-kalgan railway & its successors

The Peking-Kalgan Railway was the first major railway built by the Chinese themselves and is thus a source of considerable national pride. The name Peking is based on the pronunciation of the name Beijing in southern dialects of Chinese and means “Northern Capital” while Kalgan is the Mongol name for the city now known as Zhangjiakou. In Chinese the name abbreviates to Jing-Zhang Tielu (Tielu means “Iron Road”). With the later extension of the railway to Hohhot, formerly Guisui, capital of the former Suiyuan province, the railway became known as the Jing-Sui Tielu (but in the period when Beijing was renamed Beiping as the Ping-Sui Tielu). Now extended to Baotou, the railway is currently known as the Jing-Bao Railway (the line onward to Lanzhou is known as the Bao-Lan Tielu).…

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zhan tianyou

Zhan Tianyou, (詹天佑, in Hanyu Pinyin Zhān Tiānyòu, in an older transliteration method Chan T’ien-yu - although when abroad he signed himself Jeme Tien-yow to reflect the Cantonese pronunciation of his name) was born on 26 April 1861 in Guangdong Province. A Han Chinese (i.e. the nationality that forms the great majority of the Chinese population), in 1872 he was selected by the Qing government to be sent to the USA to study. In 1881 he graduated in Civil Engineering from the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University, specialising in railway engineering. Zhan was lucky to receive his degree as the Qing government became alarmed by the influence of the West on young Chinese men sent abroad to study, recalled them shortly afterwards and assigned them to posts that used…

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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…

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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…

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archive foursome: shunting in paraguay

All photographs by the Author on 4th November 1983…