Bibliografia Ferroviaria Italiana


The Railways of Montenegro. The Quest for a Trans-Balkan Railway
Ingrandisci
KEITH CHESTER

The Railways of Montenegro. The Quest for a Trans-Balkan Railway

Malmö : Frank Stenvalls Förlag, 2016.
Pagine 232. Cm. 22x31.
ISBN 978-91-7266-194-3

Testo in inglese

 

Dalla quarta pagina di copertina: "Few railways were more anachronistic than the legendary Antivari Railway. For fifty years it served little apparent purpose and was always heavily subsidised. Yet this steeply graded and sharply curved mountain railway in Montenegro with its unusual gauge of 750mm lay at the heart of the bitter international rivalries in the Balkans which paved the way to the outbreak of the First World War as the Great Powers struggled with the question of a Danube–Adriatic railway. Only with the opening of the Belgrade–Bar railway in 1976, one of the great train journeys in Europe today, was the ambition of a trans-Balkan railway finally realised. But was it a railway too late?

With more than 310 illustrations and specially prepared maps, this book provides full details on the 600mm, 750mm, 760mm and 1435mm gauge state and industrial railways in Montenegro and their locomotives, past and present. Based largely on original documentary sources and contemporary accounts, it is the most comprehensive account yet published of the struggle to build railways in this small but spectacularly beautiful country."

Indice del libro
Foreword6
Chapter 1 "Montenegro, little Montenegro down on the Adriatic Sea!"8
The land of the Black Mountain8
"The Slav want an east-and-west line to connect with the Adriatic. The Teuton a north-south one to reach the Ćegean"11
Chapter 2 The Compagnia di Antivari19
The Italian connection19
The Empire strikes back27
Chapter 3 The Danube-Adriatic railway36
A Montenegrin trans-Balkan railway36
"La bombe... lancée entre les jambes"42
Chapter 4 The Antivari Railway51
Bar harbour and the lake Skadar steamship services51
The Antivari Railway53
The locomotives and rolling stock of the Antivari Railway60
Chapter 5 An "unpractical mountain railway"?72
"A most lamentable southern Italian provincial railway"73
"An enterprise so little likely to be remunerative"79
Chapter 6 Troubled times: 1909 to 191484
A love grown old86
The Plavnica-Podgorica railway90
The Balkan Wars96
The Compagnia di Antivari redux100
Chapter 7 The Great War109
Phoney war109
The Betriebsdetachement Virpazar-Bar113
Railway projects in wartime Montenegro119
Raising the capacity of the Bar to Virpazar line121
The k.u.k. Lokomotiv-Rollbahn Plavnica-Podgorica130
Chapter 8 "Peculiars conditions": the interwar years136
The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes136
The renaissance of the Plavnica-Podgorica railway143
"The blonde or the brunette?"147
The Bar-Virpazar railway between the wars152
Chapter 9 War and peace164
The Second World War164
The postwar era168
The Nikšic-Titograd Youth Railway171
The Titograd-Bar railway178
Chapter 10 The Titoist trans-Balkan railway186
The Belgrade-Bar Railway186
A white elephant?197
The Titograd-Shkodër railway202
The Nikšic-Titograd Railway203
Aprčs le déluge205
Chapter 11 Industrial railways in Montenegro218
Forestry Railways218
    Bijela Gora, Risan (760 mm) 1923-35218
    SIP Gorni Ibar, Rozaje (760 mm) 1924-71218
    Mojkovac (760 mm) 193?-54218
Industrial Railways218
    Ulcinj salt pans (600 mm)218
    Berane brickworks (600 mm)219
    Berane cellulose factory (600 mm)219
    Rudnik Uglja Pljevlja (900 mm)220
    Željezara Boris Kidric, Nikšic (760 mm and 1435 mm)221
    Rudnici Boksita Nikšic (750 mm)222
    Kombinat Aluminijuma Titograd/Podgorica, Podgorica (1435 mm)222
Civil engineering contractors222
    GP Pomorsko, Bar222
    GP Planum, Titograd (600 mm)222
    Opste gradevinsko preduzece Titograd (600 mm)222
    Location unknown222
Abbreviations224
Bibliography226
Index230

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