Up A cloudy autumn day in Sava River gorge

The Tuesday following the Halloween or All Saints Day, depending where you live, was supposed to be sunny and so I decided to go railfaning for a whole day into my beloved Sava River gorge and catch some trains adorned by the nature in the autumn colors. Sava River gorge is a cleft that river cut through the hills in the very center of Slovenia, some 40 km east of Ljubljana. As difficult as it was for building the railroad line through it, 160 years ago it was still chosen by the builders of the Südbahn (Southern Railway), the second railroad line in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, connecting the capital Vienna with the most important and at that time still Austrian port Trieste. The reason for this decision were the rich coal fields hidden in the hills on the north side of the river. Because of these coal mines, today all but one closed down, and because of the topography, this region is to me as a miniature equivalent of the American Appalachia. My plan was to photograph the gorge and the trains passing through from the tops of the hills. Alas the weather prognosis turned wrong and the hilltops remained shrouded in the fog so thick that even the birds were grounded. So nothing else remained for me but to drive along the narrow roads paralleling the tracks and try to find those few spots where view to the line is not obscured by the trees lining the both sides of the river. To make my railfaning even more difficult, a landslide slipped on the left track somewhere near Zidani Most, blocked it, reduced the number of trains, and caused delays on those running through. Anyway, part of my catch from the shoot that day is here.

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