Bohinj Railway Line (Transalpina)

The Bohinj Railway runs past Kanal. From March to including November inclusive it is possible to relive the drive aboard a steam locomotive (also known as the “Museum Train”).

DSC_2853The Bohinj Railway Line (Transalpina) is part of the 717 km long railway connection Prague-Gorizia-Jesenice-Trieste. It was built between 1900 and 1906 as the shortest connection of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with the Adriatic Sea (Trieste). The Bohinj Railway has a total of 28 tunnels, the longest tunnel being Bohinj Kobla (6327 m), 5 galleries and 65 bridges, which places it among the most attractive routes in Europe.

Before the First World War 70 trains ran daily along the Bohinj railway from Prague, to Munich and Vienna. During First World War the Bohinj line was damaged in several places, and also Solkan bridge across the river Soča was damaged (and later restored), famous as a bridge with the largest stone arch in the world - 80 m. The traffic was also disabled during the Second World War because the north side of the Bohinj tunnel was destroyed by Germans. Since 1960, the line has been modernised and the steam train was abolished in 1974. Later it was returned to the Bohinj Railway, but only for tourist purposes.DSC_2884

The Bohinj Railway is a unique technical monument of the region, which goes through the Baška Ravine, Kanal and continues its way to Nova Gorica. The train passengers can admire many bridges, viaducts and tunnels.

You can travel on a unique Old timer steam train. The two hour long train ride can be  an unforgettable experience for the passenger (a merry atmosphere, driving through different regions, along the emerald river Soča, through many galleries, bridges, a bar on the train, entertainment, …).

The steam train is pulled by a steam locomotive from the Railway Museum in Ljubljana.

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