Steam hauled passenger train on the narrow gauge
Šargan Eight heritage railway.
The photograph is taken from a third level of the railway line,
above the two seen in the picture.
In 1854, the Austro-Hungarian Empire opened a horse drawn railway
line from Lisava to Bazijas. It was converted to locomotive traction in
1856. Although both towns are in present day Romania, about 27km of
the line fell within present day Serbia. Only a short stretch remains
in use today.
The primary railway development in Serbia itself commenced in
1884 with the opening of the 271km line from Beograd to Niš. It was
constructed to standard (1435mm) gauge. Subsequent railway development
used a variety of gauges, a complex situation which was only gradually
resolved during the reconstruction of the then Yugoslavia following
the Second World War.
Serbia has international rail links with Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia,
Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Romania.
A short section of the line from Belgrade to Bijelo Polje, Montenegro,
passes through Bosnia with a station at Štrpci, but has no connection
with other railways in Bosnia.
- Srbija Voz
national and international passenger services, and tourist services
in historic trains (Site in Serbian, little information
regarding tourist services, link for English section not functional
when last checked)
- Srbija Kargo
national and international freight services.
infrastructure authority (Site in Serbian: Cyrillic
- Šargan Eight tourist and museum railway
between Mokra Gora and Šargan Vitasi, about 10km, 760mm gauge,
diesel hauled. The line is so named because it follows a
course resembling the figure 8. Reconstruction of a section
from Mokra Gora to Višegrad, Bosnia, was completed in 2010,
but has seen little use.
- EPS lignite (brown coal) mines in the Kolubara
area. A narrow gauge electrified railway conveys lignite to the
Kolubara A power plant in Veliki Crljeni. At one time, narrow gauge
steam locomotives operated within the mine complex, but it is not
clear whether they still do so. Lignite is conveyed to the Nikola
Tesla A and B plants in Obrenovac by a branch of Serbian Railways
from Veliki Crljeni, and to the Morava plant in Svilajnac by Serbian
Railways main lines (Website contains only a small amount of
information relating to railways)
- Beograd (Belgrade)