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NEWS 2017
Updates on information regarding industrial and commercial narrow gauge around Europe.
 
 

This section contains details of narrow gauge sites (industrial/commercial, not preserved) still operating, or news regarding closures confirmed from recent vists or the railway press. Please feel free to contribute to these pages and ensure a broad cross section of railways and countries are featured. Click on the thumbnail pictures to see a larger picture.

The most recent reports will be at the top

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ESTONIA:  April 2017
A couple of belated reports from Peter who visited a few industrial locations around the Baltic States in September last year.
Tootsi Peat Works
(Gauge 750mm)

(Above) One of the 4w overhead eletric locos by the tippler that were just used for shunting at Tootsi.
The peat works here closed in approx 2011. However a lot of the infrastructure is still in place. This may be partly due to some local inteest to create a museum on the site but nothing seems to have happened yet. A tourist train was being operated from here for a short time but also finished around 2011.
The buildings, loco shed, the large rotary tippler, wagons, and even one of the unusual overhead electric shunting locos, are still present.

The impressive main building at the Toosti peatworks is still standing. The railway and tipper are behind the trees on the left of the photo.
 
LITHUANIA  April 2017
Ezerelis Peat Works
(Gauge 750mm)
The picture below confirms the well used running line with the standard bogie wagons behind.


Ezerelis Peat Works was visited but no trains were found running. However, the tracks were were well used and all the site still appeared to be operational. The running line ran east a short way from the loco shed area and then headed south onto the moss where the loading operations take place.
The lines that head out to the east seemed to have been abandoned some time ago judging from the accumulated vegetation. A couple of locos could be seen at the shed, one green, one blue, presumed to be type TU6. Outside the shed compound was an ESU2 or SEP2 loco (?) OOU up a siding. There were also a number of the typical bogie wagons and a snowplough present.


(Above) A photo of one of the TU6A locos (number 2501) taken in 2005 outside the shed.

(Posted 23.04.2017 Source: Peter Hall)

GERMANY:  February 2017
Klasmann, Dalumer Moor

(Gauge 900mm) Confirmation has been recevied that the branch of the extensive Klasmann 900mm network to Dalumer Moor has been closed and track lifting has already been in progress.

The photograph on the left was taken on 5th January 2017. All the tippler and elevator and associated equipment has been removed and the area already landscaped. This now means that the branch all the way north to Georg-Klasmann Strasse will eventually be taken up right through to and including the main road crossing joining the main line. The area around the Dalumer unloading point had already become a nature reserve, but when seen in May 2016, 3 months before closure, trains were still being unloaded on a daily basis.



This photo was taken on the 21st May 2016. The last train finally ran from here in August 2016.
(Posted 04.02.2017 Source: Bart Donker)


 
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