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Under Clouds at the Tatar-pass

D1, 2M62U, ChME3 - the usual Ukrainian vehicles in the breathtaking landscape of the Easter Carpathian Mountains.

The UŽ D1 632 seen bet photo

The UŽ D1 632 seen between Четфалва and Вилок

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Tags: 321 190 Четфалва Csetfalva Вилок Tiszaújlak Д1

The UŽ D1 769-3 seen b photo

The UŽ D1 769-3 seen between Четфалва and Вилок

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Tags: Четфалва 321 190 Csetfalva Tiszaújlak Вилок Д1

The UŽ D1 563-3 seen b picture

The UŽ D1 563-3 seen between Батрадь and Велика Копаня

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Tags: 321 Велика Копаня Батрадь Felsőveresmart Rakasz megálló Д1

I'm publishing photos of a trip that happened more than eight years ago - somehow I never managed to upload them in the past. It was an interesting trip as we had a small bus with a dozen photographers running around in Ukraine with a busy programme and lots of fun together.

The UŽ D1 563-1 seen a photo

The UŽ D1 563-1 seen at Батрадь

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Tags: Батрадь 321 Rakasz megálló Д1

An unidentified UŽ M62 photo

An unidentified UŽ M62 seen hauling a fast train between Бедевля and Тячів

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Tags: 321 Тячів Técső Бедевля Bedőháza 2M62

An unidentified UŽ M62 photo

An unidentified UŽ M62 seen hauling a fast train between Тячів and Руське Поле

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Tags: 321 Руське Поле Úrmező Тячів Técső 2M62

The UŽ D1 768-1 seen b picture

The UŽ D1 768-1 seen between Білин and Квасы

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Tags: 323 Білин Bilin Квасы Tiszaborkút Д1

The last time I was here we didn't immediately come to the Tatar-pass, first we visited the Uzsok-pass, the Borzha-valley Narrow Gauge Railway and the lowlands of Transcarpathia . At this trip we only stopped for those two trains we came accross anyway then headed straight here so that we could take photos of the evening train departing from Rakhiv. If you are not familiar with the railways between mainland and Transcaprpathian Ukraine, I can brief you quickly: there are three lines, the main line leads from Mukachevo over Beskyd to Striy and Lviv, almost entirely double tracked, but the main tunnel is only just being replaced funded by the EU by a sturdy, new, double tracked tunnel (the original one by MÁV is single tracked and now in a very bad condition). Another electrified route, single tracked entirely runes North from Uzhhorod to Lviv over the so-called Transcarpathian Semmering, actually climbing the pass. The line where this photo has been taken is a lot different: the Southern side of it can be reached by train from Chop through Berehovo, Vinohradovo-Zakkarpatia and Khust, but only through a stretch of it lying in Romania between Sighetu Marmatiei and Valea Visului. There is no broad-gauge traffic on the Romanian section, UŽ D1 trains go from Chop to Solotvino, a short branch line leading to the salt minig town just opposite of Sighet on the Ukrainian side of the Tisa river, and from Rakhiv over the Tatar-pass to Kolomiya and Ivano-Frankivsk; CFR runs trains from Sighet to Dej over a line built by Romania after the Trianon peace partly using an old MÁV line leading from Valea Visului over Viseu de Jos to Borsa. This line is mostly served by beautiful Sulzer diesel locomotives both on passenger and freight duty.

The UŽ D1 768-1 seen b photo

The UŽ D1 768-1 seen between Білин and Квасы

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Tags: Білин 323 Bilin Tiszaborkút Квасы Д1

The UŽ D1 563-1 seen b picture

The UŽ D1 563-1 seen between Квасы and Свидівець

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Tags: 323 Tiszaborkút Квасы Свидівець Szvidoveci Д1

The UŽ D1 563-3 seen b picture

The UŽ D1 563-3 seen between Lazeschina and Voronenko

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Tags: 323 З.П. ЛАЗЕЩИНА Mezőhát ВОРОНЕНКА Voronenko Д1

After Yasinya the railways leaves the Black Tisa valley and switches to the Lazeschina river, where after a horseshoe over this viaduct climbs among the hills towards the pass and reaches its summit in a short tunnel a little above 800 metres above sea level.

Rakhiv station under recons photo

Rakhiv station under reconstruction

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Tags: 323 Rahó Рахів Stations

The UŽ D1 745-3 seen a photo

The UŽ D1 745-3 seen at Рахів

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Tags: Rahó Рахів 323 Д1

The autobus station at Rakh photo

The autobus station at Rakhiv

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Tags: Ukraine

The UŽ D1 745-3 seen a photo

The UŽ D1 745-3 seen at Квасы

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Tags: 323 Квасы Tiszaborkút Д1

The UŽ D1 745-3 seen b picture

The UŽ D1 745-3 seen between Квасы and Свидівець

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Tags: 323 Квасы Tiszaborkút Свидівець Szvidoveci Д1

Perhaps the most exquisite construction of the line is the viadukt at Kvasi, where the railway crosses the valley high above the water, not just as an ordinary bridge.

A Kvasi viadukt in Hungarian times
Kvasi viadukt in the Hungarian times - a class 324 steam locomotive is pulling a long passenger train across
Photo source: postcard from profila.hu (unknown URL)

The UŽ D1 745-3 seen a picture

The UŽ D1 745-3 seen at Ясіня

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Tags: 323 Ясіня Kőrösmező Д1

The UŽ D1 745-3 seen a photo

The UŽ D1 745-3 seen at Ясіня

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Tags: Kőrösmező Ясіня 323 Д1

The UŽ D1 745-3 seen a photo

The UŽ D1 745-3 seen at Ясіня

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Tags: 323 Ясіня Kőrösmező Д1

The photographers photo

The photographers

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Tags: Travelmates

The power of the Ural photo

The power of the Ural

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Tags: Ukraine

The UŽ D1 799-1 seen b photo

The UŽ D1 799-1 seen between ЯМНА and МИКУЛИЧИН

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Tags: 323 Mykulychyn МИКУЛИЧИН ЯМНА Yamna Д1

The UŽ D1 799-1 seen b photo

The UŽ D1 799-1 seen between Ворохта and ВОРОНЕНКА

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Tags: 323 ВОРОНЕНКА Voronenko Ворохта Vorokhta Д1

The UŽ D1 799-1 seen b picture

The UŽ D1 799-1 seen between Ворохта and ВОРОНЕНКА

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Tags: 323 ВОРОНЕНКА Voronenko Ворохта Vorokhta Д1

The UŽ D1 799-1 seen b photo

The UŽ D1 799-1 seen between Ворохта and ВОРОНЕНКА

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Tags: 323 ВОРОНЕНКА Voronenko Ворохта Vorokhta Д1

The UŽ 2M62U-0296 seen picture

The UŽ 2M62U-0296 seen between Татарів and МИКУЛИЧИН

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Tags: 323 Татарів Tatariv МИКУЛИЧИН Mykulychyn 2M62

After the passenger train we glimpsed a freight train waiting at Vorokhta station so we found a suitable place for it. The surprising thing though is that it was hauled by a section of a 2M62U locomotive, therefore...

The UŽ 2M62U-0296 seen picture

The UŽ 2M62U-0296 seen between Татарів and МИКУЛИЧИН

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Tags: 323 МИКУЛИЧИН Tatariv Татарів Mykulychyn 2M62

...it only had one cab! It had to be rotated at the terminus, but shunting with it is no bigger deal than with a standard M62 locomotive.

The UŽ 2M62U 0296 seen picture

The UŽ 2M62U 0296 seen at МИКУЛИЧИН station

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Tags: МИКУЛИЧИН 323 Mykulychyn 2M62

This beautiful Austrian State Railways station building is a close relative of the one standing at Braz station on the Arlbergbahn .

The UŽ M62 1380 seen b photo

The UŽ M62 1380 seen between Татарів and МИКУЛИЧИН

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Tags: 323 Татарів Tatariv МИКУЛИЧИН Mykulychyn 2M62

The UŽ M62 1380 seen b picture

The UŽ M62 1380 seen between Татарів and МИКУЛИЧИН

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Tags: 323 Tatariv Татарів Mykulychyn МИКУЛИЧИН 2M62

We met a locomotive-hauled consist replacing a missing D1 multiple unit in the Prut river valley - not a bad change I believe!

The UŽ 2M62U 0296 seen picture

The UŽ 2M62U 0296 seen between ЯМНА and Яремче

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Tags: 323 ЯМНА Yamna Яремче Yaremcha 2M62

The UŽ M62 1380 seen b picture

The UŽ M62 1380 seen between Ворохта and Татарів

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Tags: 323 Ворохта Vorokhta Татарів Tatariv 2M62

The UŽ M62 1380 seen b photo

The UŽ M62 1380 seen between Татарів and МИКУЛИЧИН

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Tags: 323 Татарів Mykulychyn МИКУЛИЧИН Tatariv 2M62

The UŽ M62 1380 seen b photo

The UŽ M62 1380 seen between Яремче and Делятин

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Tags: Yaremcha Яремче 323 Делятин Delyatyn 2M62

The UŽ M62 1380 seen b picture

The UŽ M62 1380 seen between Делятин and Nadvirná

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Tags: Делятин 323 Delyatyn Nadvirná Надвирна 2M62

The UŽ M62 1380 seen a photo

The UŽ M62 1380 seen at Nadvirná

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Tags: 323 Надвирна Nadvirná 2M62

The UŽ M62 1380 seen a picture

The UŽ M62 1380 seen at Nadvirná

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Tags: 323 Nadvirná Надвирна 2M62

The UŽ ChME3 3921 seen picture

The UŽ ChME3 3921 seen at Nadvirná

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Tags: 323 Надвирна Nadvirná ЧМЭ3

The UŽ ChME3 3921 seen photo

The UŽ ChME3 3921 seen at Nadvirná

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Tags: 323 Надвирна Nadvirná ЧМЭ3

The UŽ ChME3 3921 seen photo

The UŽ ChME3 3921 seen at Nadvirná

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Tags: 323 Надвирна Nadvirná ЧМЭ3

The UŽ ChME3 3921 seen picture

The UŽ ChME3 3921 seen at Nadvirná

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Tags: 323 Надвирна Nadvirná ЧМЭ3

An unidentified UŽ DPL picture

An unidentified UŽ DPL1 seen between Kolomiya and Ivano-Frankivsk near Dibrová stop

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Tags: Dibrová 323 Markovci 2M62

You will not be able to find this stop on Google Maps, but if you find Markivtsi near Ivano Frankivsk and look out for the gas tanks and their siding (which is visible in the background of this photo) you can locate where this picture was taken.

An unidentified UŽ DPL photo

An unidentified UŽ DPL1 seen between Kolomiya and Ivano-Frankivsk near Dibrová stop

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Tags: 323 Dibrová Markovci 2M62

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