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Pozega Railway Museum

James Waite reports:

Here are a few notes and pictures of the Pozega Railway Museum, it has its origins in a collection of four locomotives assembled by a former Serbian railwayman who later received support from JZ, the then Yugoslavian Railways.

The museum probably dates from the 1970's. It's located on the eastern side of the main Pozega to Belgrade line, about half a kilometre north of Pozega station and on the north western edge of the town. The museum is unattended. There's a gate into the site from the main road and, so far as we could tell, it is left unlocked and the site is open at all hours. We asked at the station for permission to view and were directed back onto the road to enter via the gate. The exhibits are housed under station-type awnings, open on the northwestern side. I would guess that the sun shines onto the exhibits in the late afternoon/evening from Spring to Autumn. We were there on a foggy morning in November 2005. There's believed to be a long-term plan to move the exhibits to Mokra Gora, about 50km to the south-west, but for the time being it remains open. Many of the exhibits look somewhat weather stained and would benefit from refurbishing. There's a large yard of abandoned 762mm gauge freight stock alongside the museum.

The list of exhibits is as follows:

'Kostolac' 0-4-4-0T Pechot-Bourdon built in 1917, probably by Baldwin, 610 mm gauge, ex-French military. One of two of these locos which found their way, probably in about 1941, from France to Kostolac, better known nowadays as the home of the 900mm gauge Davenport 0-8-0's which still work in the winter. Ran on the 610mm gauge line from the old pit at Kostolac to a wharf on the River Danube which closed in the 1960's. The two Pechot-Bourdons probably stopped running soon after the end of the Second World War.

 

1 'Milan' 0-4-2ST 610 mm gauge, built in 1882 at Majdampekin copper mine. Probably the first loco to be built in Serbia. Majdampekin copper mine was run by a British concern which perhaps explains its British appearance. 

 

'Rama' 0-4-0WT Krauss works no. 264 of 1873. 760mm gauge. Ex-Hügel & Sager, Vienna, no. 2. Ran in Bosnia from 1879, not long after the Austrian take-over of Bosnia.

 

JZ 82 007, 0-8-0T, 760 mm gauge, SLM Winterthur works no. 2262 of 1911. One of two locos of this type from the Bor copper mine where this loco was no. 2. JZ had five more and acquired the two Bor locos in about 1955 when they were re-numbered as 82 006 and 007. 

 

JZ 73 002 2-8-2, 760mm gauge, Krauss works no. 5770 of 1907.

 

JZ 83 037 Mavag, Budapest, works no. 4999 of 1929, photo 493, and 83 062 Jung works no. 3544 of 1926. Two of the well known 83 class 760mm gauge 0-8-2's the forerunners of the locos still running at Banovici in Bosnia. 

 

 

JZ 92 043 2-6-6-0 Mallet, 760mm gauge, Henschel works no. 19472 of 1922.

 

Pozega is a few km west of Usice where 760mm gauge 2-8-2 no. 85 045 is preserved at the old narrow gauge station, immediately on the north-eastern side of the main bypass road, nearer to the town centre than the standard gauge station on the southwestern side of the bypass. It's also supposed to be going eventually to Mokra Gora. There's a magnificent mural-type map of the old narrow gauge system on the wall of the old station building here.

 

There's quite a lot of conflicting info about the builders' details of these locos. I think the list above is as accurate as I can get. Any updates or corrections welcome!


Rob Dickinson

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